Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 22 April 2021), April 1782, trial of JANE BRAY (t17820410-72).

JANE BRAY, Theft > theft from a specified place, 10th April 1782.

344. JANE BRAY was indicted, for stealing thirty quarts of old hock, value 8 l. the goods of George Hellegar , in the dwelling-house of Ishman Reeves .


They broke open my house and robbed me, I live by St. Martin's-lane , I lodge in Mr. Reeves's house, I came down and stopped the woman with several bottles in her hand.

ANN ALLEN sworn.

I stopped the prisoner with the bottles in her hand, coming out of the cellar door, I live in the house of Ishman Reeves, it was between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, on the Good-friday, I saw the woman at the bar coming out, with several bottles in her hand, two or three nights she lodged in the house with Ann Thomas ; she had three in one hand and one in the other, I saw four bottles, I called assistance to stop her, she was stopped, Mr. Hellegar went to examine, and he took the bottles from me, and put in the cellar what I took from the prisoner.

To George Hellegar . What wine had you lost, and when did you miss it? - Three dozen and four bottles.

Of what? - Of old hock.

When did you miss it? - Upon Good-friday I believe it was missing.

Did you miss any before that? - I never minded it till this time, I am an old man, am fourscore years of age, I saw three bottles taken from the prisoner.

Can you by any certainty know that it was your wine? - I had seals upon it, it was part of the wine I had lost, I sold the same sort for three pounds, and three guineas a dozen.


Was any more found than those bottles you mentioned, those three bottles, and the four bottles put by? - No.

You found three bottles, and four, ready to be taken away? - Yes.

Have you found any more of the quantity you missed? - No.

How did they get into the cellar? - They broke it open, t he door had been locked.

Did they break the lock or break the door of it? - They picked the lock, the padlock, or forced the staple, I had seen it locked about three or four days before this robbery; I have another cellar besides, she had took some and drank others, as she acknowledged, I dare say they sold it for a shilling.


What the gentleman has accused me of I am quite innocent, I know no more of it than the child that is unborn, I know no more of it than any body, they have sworn against me, but I know no more of it than you.

GUILTY, to the value of 35 s.

To be privately whipped and confined six months in the House of Correction .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.