Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 December 2018), February 1788, trial of ANTHONY BRYAN (t17880227-23).

ANTHONY BRYAN, Theft > grand larceny, 27th February 1788.

176. ANTHONY BRYAN was indicted for stealing a cloth great coat, value 40 s. the property of John M'Donald , on the 18th of January .


I am coachman to Lord Grannard; on the 18th of January as I was in the yard, the prisoner came and asked me how I did; I came out of the stable and pulled the door after me, he followed, and I went about my business; this was a little before five o'clock, I returned about seven, and missed my great coat; about a month after I heard the prisoner was at a public-house, I got a constable and went and took him, I never found my coat again.


I was in the yard on the 18th of January, a little before five, the prisoner came to me and asked me which was the coachman's stables; I shewed him, he went in, I saw no more of him.


On the 18th of January I was going down the yard for my pots, and saw the prisoner come out of the stable with two coats under his arm, the one white, the other blue.

Are you sure it was the prisoner? - Yes, I knew him before; I told the coachman about five minutes after; they went after him, but could not overtake him.

To M'Donald. What colour was your coat? - A green-blue.


I know nothing of the affair.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.