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  • John Taylor Whitworth, 22

    Date: 8 Jan 1859

    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.

  • John Rodda, an Irishman living at Skipton, a dealer and hawker of mats, Roman Catholic, 33

    Date: 8 Aug 1846

    Murder of his daughter Mary, aged about 1 year, by poisoning with oil of vitriol on 19 Apr 1846.

    Rodda's motive was said to be to claim 50s from a burial club.

    Chaplain's Journal: 8 Aug 1846. Hull Packet, 24 Jul 1846.

  • Jonathan Taylor of Riccall Lane, near Escrick, farmer on Lord Wenlock's land, 60

    Date: 9 Apr 1842

    Murder of his estranged wife Ellen Taylor at Escrick on 26 Oct 1841 by strangling her.

    Hull Packet, 18 Mar 1842. Newcastle Courant, 15 Apr 1842. Full Particulars of the Trials and Execution of Jonathan Taylor ? and Robert Nall, 1842, BL: 1870.c.2(665)

  • Joshua Beaumont of Kirkheaton, agricultural labourer, 35

    Date: 15 Aug 1810

    Rape and murder of Lucy Brook of Almondbury, widow and schoolteacher, aged 56.

    The prisoner's behaviour at trial suggested to onlookers that 'he was very little removed from a state of idiotism'.

    Leeds Mercury, 18 Aug 1810. Rede, York Castle, p 259. Criminal Chronology, p 150.

  • Michael Simpson, husbandry servant, born at Crakehall, near Bedale, 1769

    Date: 18 Mar 1800

    Murder of Thomas Hodgson of Burniston, Simpson's former employer, by poison, and theft of ?100 from him.

    Simpson protested his innocence saying the pills he had given the deceased came from a 'wise man' whose identity he could not reveal. See also TNA: ASSI 45/40/2/219-222.

    London Chronicle or Universal Evening Post, 18 Mar 1800. Rede, York Castle, p 203. Criminal Chronology, p 137.

  • Matthew Normington / Matthew Norminton of Sowerby, Halifax, weaver, 29

    Date: 15 Apr 1775

    Highway robbery and murder of William Deighton, Supervisor of Excise at Halifax.

    The accused was part of the attack on Deighton conducted by Robert Thomas (1774); he confessed just before execution to having fired the fatal shot. His body was hung in chains at Beacon Hill near Halifax.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/9. Calendar of Felons, 16 Jul 1774. London Evening Post, 18 Apr 1775. Criminal Chronology, p 89.

  • Valentine Baily / Valentine Bailey, about 24

    Date: 3 Apr 1769

    Murder of John Smith of Scarborough, excise officer, by shooting him with a pistol.

    See also TNA: ASSI 45/29/2/1-4A.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 25 Mar 1769. Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, 6 Apr 1769. Criminal Chronology, p 86.

  • George Trotter

    Date: 29 Mar 1756

    Murder of Hannah Wilson with a knife at Todwick town feast, near Rotherham.

    Trotter was said to be jealous of Wilson, his intended wife, expressing regard for another man.

    TNA: ASSI 42/7. Gazetteer and London Daily Advertiser, 3 Apr 1756.

  • John Darcy / John D'Arcy of Hunslet, Leeds, jobbing clock-mender, Roman Catholic, 26

    Date: 27 May 1879

    Murder of William Metcalfe, retired gatekeeper, 85, at Oulton-cum-Woodlesford, near Leeds, on 4 Mar 1879.

    Metcalfe lived in the lodge at the gates of Oulton Park, owned by the Calverley family, his former employers. Darcy had previously been convicted of sacrilege at Dublin for which he had been sentenced to 5 years' penal servitude. His was the third private execution at York Castle, but the first from which the press were excluded, a fact which excited much comment in the press under headings such as 'Secret Executions'.

    Leeds Mercury, 7 May 1879. Newcastle Courant, 30 May 1879.

  • John Riley of Mariner's Court, Blackfriargate, Kingston-upon-Hull, unemployed, 36

    Date: 6 Aug 1859

    Murder of his wife, Alice Riley, at Kingston-upon-Hull on 3 Jul 1859 by slashing her throat.

    The couple had previously separated, but Alice Riley had taken her husband back in and was supporting him and their children as a seamstress. When money from this failed, Riley began prostituting her. Riley attempted to hang himself immediately after killing his wife, but was cut down by neighbours before he died.

    Hull Packet, 22 Jul 1859. Leeds Mercury, 9 Aug 1859.

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  • Mary Endick

    Date: Lent 1724

    Murder of her illegitimate child; reprieved 28 Feb 1729.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-48,51; ASSI 45/18/6-96; SP 36/10.

  • Joseph Vickers / Joseph Vickars

    Date: Lent 1750 York City

    Murder of John Bower; reprieved 14 years Summer 1750.

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

  • Elizabeth Conney / Elizabeth Coney

    Date: Summer 1744

    Murder of her illegitimate child (a son); reprieved 14 years Lent 1745.

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

  • Ann Nell / Anne Nell of Selby

    Date: Lent 1740

    Murder of an infant, Joseph Nell; confessed; reprieved 14 years Summer 1740.

    TNA: ASSI 41/4.

  • Thomas Harrison

    Date: Lent 1770

    Breaking and entering the dwelling house of Robert Whiting with an intent to kill and murder him and to steal his goods; reprieved 14 years Summer 1770.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 24 Mar 1770; 4 Aug 1770.

  • Francis Foremead / Francis Furmont

    Date: Summer 1724

    Murder of Mary Garside, wife of John Garside; reprieved.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-51; ASSI 45/18/1-52.

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