Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 20 February 2018), December 1786, trial of ANGUS M'DONALD GEORGE TILLINGHAM JAMES DACRE (t17861213-4).

ANGUS M'DONALD, GEORGE TILLINGHAM, JAMES DACRE, Theft > grand larceny, 13th December 1786.

5. ANGUS M'DONALD , GEORGE TILLINGHAM , and JAMES DACRE were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th day of November , three wooden casks, value 3 s. two sacks, value 2 s. one feather bolster, value 2 s. the property of John Bright .

(The case opened by Mr. Scott.)

(The witnesses examined separate.)

JOHN BRIGHT sworn.

I am a brewer ; the three prisoners, James Dacre , Angus M'Donald, and George Tillingham are my servant s; I have missed several things a long time; on the 21st of November last, I found in Dacre's house ever so many sacks and three casks; the casks are mine; they have my name on them. (Deposed to) I found a bolster which was on Tillingham's bed; at my brewhouse I found several sacks; I sealed up two and other things; I know nothing against M'Donald nor Tillingham; the bolster is very dirty, and has a slit in it; I think I can safely say that is the same bolster.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoners Counsel. What because it is dirty, and has a hole in it? - Yes.

That is the only reason you have for swearing to it? - Yes.

Where does Dacre live? - About a mile and a half from me.

Does he pass his own house in going to some of your customers? - He may make it so.

A man is very likely to do so if he has a wife at home, I should think? - Very likely.

Do you remember his wife laying in and having a barrel of twopenny of you? - No, it was a firkin; I swear to these marks.

No attempt to disguise it? - Not that I saw.

Was he your head drayman? - Yes.

How long had this man lived with you? - Dacre and M'Donald about four or five months, and Tillingham about ten or eleven.

ROBERT DAWSON sworn.

I was employed by the prosecutor to go to Dacre's house; there I found three casks and a feather bolster; these are the same casks.

Mr. Garrow. Where did you find the casks? - Two of them were in the yard one in the wash house.

Openly in the yard? - Yes, and they seemed to be there a considerable time; and in the garret closet I found a bolster.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a very good character.

ALL THREE NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.