Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 August 2022), June 1715, trial of John Bournois (t17150602-13).

John Bournois, Royal Offences > seditious words, 2nd June 1715.

John Bournois , was indicted for speaking dangerous and seditious Words, to the Prejudice of his Majesty's Title and Government , on the 18th of May last, in the Parish of St. Katherine Creed-church. The first Witness swore, That he saw the Prisoner in Leaden-hall-street , go hollowing along, and shaking his Hat, and heard him say these Words, King James the Third is right and lawful King of England. A second depos'd, That he heard him say, James the Third is King of England, Protector of the Protestant Religion, and King George is an Usurper. Another, That he heard the Prisoner say, James the Third is rightful and Lawful Heir to the Crown of Great Britain. And a fourth, that he said, James the Third is King of England. They all agreed that he went huzzaing along the Streets, and it several times utter'd the Words aforesaid. He cou'd not deny the Fact, but said he had been drinking all Day, and was very much in Drink, so that he knew not what he said; and that he is a very poor Man, and gets his Bread by teaching a little School. The Matter being plain against him, the Jury found him guilty of a Misdemeanour .

[No punishment. See summary.]