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  • Thomas Rodgers of Sheffield, domestic servant, 32, in the employ of Mr Wilson, solicitor

    Date: 26 Apr 1834

    Crime:
    Sodomy with his fellow servant, George Bennett / Charles Bennett, 14.

    Hull Packet, 4 Apr 1834; 2 May 1834. Leeds Mercury, 5 Apr 1834.

  • John Henry Wood / John Henry Greaves of Whiston, near Rotherham, farm labourer, 27

    Date: 11 May 1880

    Crime:
    Murder of John Coe, farm labourer, at Rotherham on 19 Feb 1880.

    The press were admitted to Wood's execution, unlike the previous execution of John Darcy in 1879.

    Leeds Mercury, 1 May 1880; 12 May 1880. Hull Packet, 10 May 1880.

  • John Taylor Whitworth, 22

    Date: 8 Jan 1859

    Crime:
    Murder of his 'sweetheart', Sally Hare, 18, at Throapham, St John's, near Rotherham, on 1 Oct 1858.

    Sally Hare was a servant to George Cuthbert, a farmer of St John's. Whitworth slashed her throat after accusing her of seeing another man.

    Chaplain's Journal: 8 Jan 1859. Liverpool Mercury, 24 Dec 1858. Leeds Mercury, 11 Jan 1859.

  • Peter Little, 25

    Date: 22 Apr 1826

    Crime:
    Highway robbery of Robert Borrows, butcher of Manchester, on his way to Wakefield cattle market.

    Leeds Mercury, 1Apr 1826; 8 Apr 1826; 29 Apr 1826.

  • Joseph Lee / John Lee / John Lees, 22

    Date: 22 Apr 1826

    Crime:
    Horse stealing - a grey gelding belonging to Richard Thornton of Horncastle, near Hemsworth.

    Lee had earlier pleaded guilty at Beverley Quarter Sessions to stealing pigs from Cawthorne, near Barnsley. He was transferred to York Castle Gaol to await transportation, and was there recognized as a horse thief for which he was duly charged and sentenced to death.

    Hull Packet, 24 Jan 1826; 4 Apr 1826. Leeds Mercury, 8 Apr 1826; 29 Apr 1826.

  • Joseph Shepherd of Holdsworth, former gentleman's servant and cab driver, 23

    Date: 3 Apr 1858

    Crime:
    Murder of Bethel Parkinson farmer and horse dealer, 30, on Wadsworth Moor, near Halifax, on 13 Jan 1858.

    Shepherd was the son of Robert Shepherd of Holdsworth, Ovenden, a furniture broker.

    Chaplain's Journal: 3 Apr 1858. Leeds Mercury, 16 Mar 1858; 18 Mar 1858; 6 Apr 1858.

  • William Ross, 19

    Date: 17 Aug 1850

    Crime:
    Murder of his wife, Mary Ross, daughter of William Bottomley, at her father's house at Roughton, near Ashton-under-Lyne, on 30 May 1850 by arsenic poisoning.

    The Chaplain at York Castle Gaol reported that he died protesting his innocence. Several newspapers cast doubt on the soundness of the conviction before his execution and used the case as an argument for the abolition of capital punishment.

    Chaplain's Journal: 17 Aug 1850. Leeds Mercury, 27 Jul 1850. Daily News, 14 Aug 1850. Derby Mercury, 21 Aug 1850. Manchester Times, 21 Aug 1850.

  • William Dyon of Morton Carr, near Gainsborough, farmer, 46

    Date: 2 Apr 1828

    Crime:
    Murder by shooting (with his son John Dyon) of his half-brother, John Dyon of Bancroft, near Finningley, a farmer, about 40.

    Leeds Mercury, 23 Feb 1828; 8 Mar 1828; 5 Apr 1828.

  • John Dyon, son of William Dyon, of Morton Carr, near Gainsborough, 23

    Date: 2 Apr 1828

    Crime:
    Murder by shooting (with his father William Dyon) of his uncle, John Dyon of Bancroft, near Finningley, a farmer, about 40.

    Leeds Mercury, 23 Feb 1828; 8 Mar 1828; 5 Apr 1828.

  • William Jackson, former private in 77th Regiment of Foot, 29

    Date: 18 Aug 1874

    Crime:
    Murder of his sister, Elizabeth Jackson, 16, at Kirklington, near Ripon, on 5 May 1874.

    Jackson was the son of George Jackson, a farm labourer of Carthorpe. Jackson's was the first execution at York within the Castle grounds; a black flag was hoisted over Clifford's Tower when he was hanged and lowered when his body was cut down.

    Leeds Mercury, 1 Aug 1874; 8 Aug 1874; 19 Aug 1874.

  • William Barker of Leeds, clothdresser

    Date: Summer 1729

    Crime:
    Breaking and entering the counting house of Anthony Markham and his wife Dorothy Markham, merchant of Leeds, and stealing about ?14; reprieved 14 years Summer 1730.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-78,85,86; ASSI 41/3; ASSI 45/18/6(4-7). Daily Courant, 1 Aug 1729.

  • Robert Sharp / Robert Sharpe of Leeds, whitesmith

    Date: Lent 1757

    Crime:
    Stealing ?9 2s belonging to Francis Isles / Francis Iles of Leeds; transportation 7 years Summer 1757.

    TNA: ASSI 41/4; ASSI 42/7. Calendar of Felons, 23 Jul 1757. London Evening Post, 10 Feb 1757.

  • Elizabeth Cahill / Elizabeth Cahhill / Elizabeth Porter

    Date: Lent 1733

    Crime:
    Stealing as a pick-pocket from Elizabeth Latham, wife of John Latham of Leeds, cloth drawer, and Grace Sprigg, wife of John Sprigg of Leeds, plaisterer, at Leeds Market 31 Dec 1728; reprieved on pleading her belly; transportation 14 years Summer 1735.

    Ann, daughter of Elizabeth Porter alias Elizabeth Caghil, was baptised at York Castle on 15 May 1733 - Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, vol 25, p 440. See also TNA: ASSI 45/19/3(8-9).

    TNA: ASSI 41/2,104,123v,125; ASSI 45/18/6(19-20). St James's Evening Post, 20 Mar 1733.

  • William Cowlin / William Coughlin

    Date: Lent 1746

    Crime:
    Stealing goods from the dwelling house of William Wilson at Leeds; transportation 7 years Lent 1746.

    TNA: ASSI 41/3; ASSI 41/4.

  • John Ward

    Date: Lent 1767

    Crime:
    Stealing goods to the value of upwards of 5s belonging to William Reason of Leeds; transportation 7 years Lent 1767.

    TNA: ASSI 41/5; ASSI 42/8.

  • John Scoresby / John Storesby of Bridlington, blacksmith

    Date: Lent 1726

    Crime:
    Horse stealing - a black mare belonging to Henry Abba of Leeds; reprieved 14 years Lent 1729.

    Receiving county charity and name on bread petition in York Castle in 1728 - Beverley Archives QSF/80/E/9.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-59,73v; ASSI 45/18/3(27); ASSI 45/18/6(96); SP 36/10.

  • Jeremiah Boythroyd / Jeremiah Boothroyd

    Date: Lent 1772

    Crime:
    Stealing goods valued at 39s from the dwelling house of James Walker at Leeds; transportation 7 years Lent 1772.

    TNA: ASSi 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 14 Mar 1772.

  • Thomas Wilkinson

    Date: Summer 1763

    Crime:
    Horse stealing - a brown gelding valued at ?6 6s belonging to John Bywater of Leeds; reprieved 14 years Summer 1764.

    TNA: ASSI 42/7; ASSI 42/8.

  • Robert Johnson / Lancelot Brackien

    Date: Summer 1765

    Crime:
    Horse stealing - one brown bay gelding valued at ?5 belonging to Thomas Lodge at Leeds; reprieved 14 years Summer 1766.

    TNA: ASSI 41/5; ASSI 42/8.

  • John Powell

    Date: Summer 1765

    Crime:
    Stealing privately from the shop of John Gumersall at Leeds 12 yards of silk valued at ?2 8s; reprieved 14 years Summer 1766.

    TNA: ASSI 41/5; ASSI 42/8.

  • James Moxon of Leeds, coachman

    Date: 1725

    West Riding - Quarter Session 19 Oct 1725. Name appears on list of poor debtors receiving county bread charity in York Castle, 1728.

    London Gazette 6380, 8 Jun 1725, p 7; 6403, 28 Aug 1725, p 4. Beverley Archives: QSF/80/E/9

  • Charles Chadwick of Leeds, plasterer

    Date: 1729

    Name appears on list of poor debtors receiving county bread charity in York Castle, 1728.

    London Gazette 6785, 7 Jun 1729, p 3; 6786, 10 Jun 1729, p 4. Beverley Archives: QSF/80/E/9

  • Luke Nodes of Leeds, weaver

    Date: 1738

    London Gazette 7721, 22 Jul 1738, p 3; 7723, 29 Jul 1738, p 3

  • Major Wilson of Leeds, merchant

    Date: 1738

    London Gazette 7726, 8 Aug 1738, p 3; 7737, 16 Sep 1738, p 3; 7739, 23 Sep 1738, p 3; 8276, 15 Nov 1743, p 6

  • John Tomkins of Leeds, tailor

    Date: 1743

    Surrendered from beyond the seas to York Castle.

    London Gazette 8265, 8 Oct 1743, p 3

  • John Blackman of Leeds, tobacconist

    Date: 1744

    Surrendered from beyond the seas to York Castle.

    London Gazette 8392, 25 Dec 1744, p 7

  • Robert Page of Leeds, brazier

    Date: 1744

    Surrendered from beyond the seas to York Castle.

    London Gazette 8345, 14 Jul 1744, p 3

  • John Armstrong of Leeds, cordwainer

    Date: 1748

    London Gazette 8785, 1 Oct 1748, p 3

  • Samuel Godman of Leeds, hatter

    Date: 1748

    Surrendered from beyond the seas to York Castle.

    London Gazette 8794, 1 Nov 1748, p 5

  • William Jordan of Leeds, cordwainer

    Date: 1748

    Surrendered from beyond the seas to York Castle.

    London Gazette 8807, 17 Dec 1748, p 7

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