Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 January 2019), May 1781, trial of MARY ROBINSON (t17810530-39).

MARY ROBINSON, Theft > grand larceny, 30th May 1781.

336. MARY ROBINSON was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value 20 s. the property of Jane Stewart , May 8th .


On the 8th of May, between four and five o'clock, the prisoner came up into my room. She goes out a washing. Afterwards she sat down by the fire, and fell asleep, as I thought. I was not very well: I pulled-off my gown, and laid it on the foot of the bed, and laid down myself. I did not sleep long: when I waked, I missed the prisoner and the gown. I went to the pawnbroker's, and found my gown at Mr. Lane's in Drury-lane. I found the prisoner at a public-house in Russel-street.

JOHN LANE sworn.

I have a linen gown I took in of the prisoner, on the 8th of May, about four or five o'clock.


About the latter end of February, or the beginning of March, I called upon an acquaintance; this young woman was there. She said, while I was out of place, I was welcome to stay with her, and was welcome to any thing she had. She had taken some things from me: she directed me to pawn it for a few shillings.

For the Prisoner.


I am a shoe-maker, at No. 1, New Compton-street, St. Giles's. I have seen the prosecutor several times walking the street: the last time I saw her at Justice Hyde's.

GUILTY . Fined 12 d. and Imp. three months .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.