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  • William Smith / Thomas Smith, formerly a respected butcher of Leeds, Catholic, born about 1778

    Date: 12 Aug 1820

    Crime:
    Sheep stealing - 4 sheep belonging to Thomas Smith and Joseph Smith of Rothwell and William Lund of Claxton; other accounts say 28 sheep belonging to Mr Spink.

    Said to have carved the poem 'A Prison is a House of Care' in the felons' courtyard at York Castle Gaol. Was listed as Thomas Smith, aged 28, in the Calendar of Felons, but the age may have been wrong given that he had a son Joseph, aged 13, give evidence at trial.

    Leeds Mercury, 19 Aug 1820. Rede, York Castle, p 637. Criminal Chronology, p 157.

  • Josiah Fearn / Josiah Fern of Leeds

    Date: 25 Mar 1749

    Crime:
    Murder of Thomas Grave / Thomas Graves of Leeds.

    Fearn maintained he had acted in self-defence only. See also TNA: ASSI 45/24/1/26-34A.

    TNA: ASSI 41/3; ASSI 41/4. London Evening Post, 30 Mar 1749. Morning Advertiser, 31 Mar 1749. Criminal Chronology, p 62.

  • Charles Normington, 18

    Date: 31 Dec 1859

    Crime:
    Murder of Richard Broughton of Roundhay, retired porter, 67, at Leeds on 6 Aug 1859.

    Leeds Mercury, 6 Sep 1859; 17 Dec 1859; 31 Dec 1859.

  • William Chester

    Date: 4 Apr 1812

    Crime:
    Burglary - breaking and entering the dwelling house of George Oliver of Appleton-le-Street, blacksmith and innkeeper, with intent to steal and murder.

    Leeds Mercury, 4 Apr 1812.

  • Robert Turner of Low Worsall, farmer

    Date: 31 Mar 1814

    Crime:
    Murder of Margaret Appleby, pauper resident in the Yarm Workhouse, and mother of the prisoner's illegitimate child.

    Appleby was poisoned after registering a claim for child maintenance from the prisoner.

    Leeds Mercury, 2 Apr 1814.

  • John James of West Witton, tenant farmer

    Date: 31 Mar 1814

    Crime:
    Murder of William Ridley of Middleham, Sheriff's Officer and Auctioneer, after he seized some of the prisoner's hay to cover an alleged default on rent.

    Leeds Mercury, 2 Apr 1814.

  • Michael Pickles of Heptonstall

    Date: 17 Mar 1817

    Crime:
    Murder of Samuel Sutcliffe of Oddie Hall, Heptonstall, cotton manufacturer, aged 81.

    The victim was strangled to death in the course of a burglary.

    Leeds Mercury, 22 Mar 1817.

  • John Greenwood of Heptonstall

    Date: 17 Mar 1817

    Crime:
    Murder of Samuel Sutcliffe of Oddie Hall, Heptonstall, cotton manufacturer, aged 81.

    The victim was strangled to death in the course of a burglary.

    Leeds Mercury, 22 Mar 1817.

  • Patrick Doring

    Date: 12 Apr 1817

    Crime:
    Rape of Ann Broadbent, servant to Mr Buckles of Quick, Saddleworth, aged 13.

    Leeds Mercury, 29 Mar 1817.

  • Benjamin Micklethwaite of Boothroyd, near Raistrick

    Date: 12 Apr 1817

    Crime:
    Burglary - breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Hanson of Boothroyd, near Raistrick, and stealing a large quantity of gold and silver coin and silver plate

    Micklethwite was part of the same gang as Gartside above; most of the othermembers were sentenced to transportation.

    Leeds Mercury, 5 Apr 1817.

  • 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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