Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 June 2021), October 1806, trial of MAY PILKINGTON, alias KNIGHT (t18061029-51).

MAY PILKINGTON, Deception > fraud, 29th October 1806.

609. MAY PILKINGTON, alias KNIGHT , was indicted for knowingly and feloniously taking a false oath, with intent to obtain letters of administration of John Jacob Dyson , deceased, who had served our lord the king, on board a ship called the Eurus, in order to receive prize money due to him .

The indictment was read by Mr. Reynolds, and the case was stated by Mr. Gurney.

JOSEPH EDWARD BUTTS sworn. Examined by Mr. Alley. Q. You belong to the commissary geneneral's office. - A. I do.

Q. Look at the roll of the eighty-seventh regiment and tell me at what time the muster roll bears date. - A. From the 25th of June to the 24th of November 1796.

Q. Be so good as to look at the letter D, and tell me whether you find a person of the name of Dyson any where or not. - A. There is no such name as Dyson.

Q. Now look at the letter T, and see if you find it Tyson there. - A. Here is George Dyson who was received.

Court. I thought you said there was no such name - A. I do find it in the effective roll of the regiment, but that is not the man; I am quite unprepared; I have found Jacob Dyson .

Q. I shall not trouble you any further with it, the muster roll must be John Jacob Dyson .

NOT GUILTY .

London Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.