Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 January 2019), June 1785, trial of DAVID BRANDON (t17850629-31).

DAVID BRANDON, Theft > theft from a specified place, 29th June 1785.

638. DAVID BRANDON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th day of May last, 500 lb. weight of lead, value 3 l. belonging to Chamberlain Birch , then and there fixed to a certain building of the said Chamberlain against the statute .


I live at Stamford-hill , in the parish of St. John Hackney , I lost a quantity of lead, in May about the 16th; it was first missed, on about the 19th there was a second quantity missed, and about the 22d a third quantity, I then agreed to give one of my men a guinea, and my neighbour set some of his men to watch.


I am servant to the prosecutor, I was set up to watch, my master being so often robbed, and another man with me, at ten we went into the barn, about half past eleven somebody came at top and began taking off the tiles, and threw a piece down, then the watch came past twelve, he stood still a good while, then he went to work again, and coming down I went and took him, two pieces of lead laid just by, which he had upon his shoulders, that he threw down; I stopped him, and clapped a pistol to him, says he, I am taken I see, I wish you had shot me dead.

Who was the man? - The prisoner, he never got away from me till I put him into the cage.

How much lead had he got? - Five score pounds at that time.

(The lead produced.)

Prisoner. I am a farmer's man, I have been out of work and had no money, a large dog came rushing through, and to get out of the way of the dog I got upon the barn, there might be twenty people there, I have no witnesses.

Jury. Did you see anybody upon the premises? - I heard him go up, I saw him throw down one piece, and when he came with the second he went away.


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

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.