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  • Ann Scalberd / Ann Scalbert, wife of Moses Scalberd of Batley

    Date: 12 Aug 1794

    Murder of her mother-in-law, Mary Scalberd of Batley, by poison; unsuccessfully pleaded her belly.

    General Gaol Delivery, 2 Aug 1794; Calendar of Felons, 2 Aug 1794. London Chronicle, 12 Aug 1794. Morning Post and Fashionable World, 22 Aug 1794. Criminal Chronology, p 130.

  • Michael Pickles of Heptonstall

    Date: 17 Mar 1817

    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

    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.

  • William Thompson of Hamley, born about 1780

    Date: 19 Mar 1821

    Murder of his wife Elizabeth Thompson by cutting her throat with a razor, having believed her unfaithful.

    Leeds Mercury, 24 Mar 1821. Rede, York Castle, p 657.

  • Martin Slack of Norfolk Lane, Sheffield, whip-maker, 18

    Date: 30 Mar 1829

    Murder of his illegitimate child, the daughter of Elizabeth Haigh, by poison with aqua fortis.

    Slack claimed that the baby's mother, Elizabeth Haigh, murdered the child and set him up for the crime in revenge for his refusal to marry her. See a broadsheet published after his execution, The Confession of Elizabeth Haigh (1829), BL: 1870.c.2(482), which supports his claims.

    Leeds Mercury, 28 Mar 1829. Hull Packet, 31 Mar 1829.

  • Charles Batty / Charles Battye, 28

    Date: 2 Apr 1836

    Attempted murder - cutting and maiming of Elizabeth Brown, with whom Batty cohabited, at Sheffield.

    Hull Packet, 11 Mar 1836. Preston Chronicle, 26 Mar 1836. Manchester Times, 9 Apr 1836.

  • William Dove of Cardigan Place, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, about 35.

    Date: 9 Aug 1856

    Murder of his wife Harriet Dove n?e Jenkins, 28, at Leeds on 1 Mar 1856 by poisoning with strychnine.

    William Dove was the son of the late Christopher Dove of Park Square; before his father's death he had been a farmer at Woodhouse, near Normanton. Harriet Dove was the sister of Mr Jenkins, Professor of Mathematics at Madras, India. Dove pleaded insanity, which was rejected. The case generated a lot of newspaper coverage and much debate about the use of medical and psychiatric evidence in a trial.

    Chaplain's Journal: 9 Aug 1856. Leeds Mercury, 8 Mar 1856; 11 Mar 1856; 18 Mar 1856; 19 Jul 1856; 22 Jul 1856; 31 Jul 1856, 12 Aug 1856.

  • 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.

  • 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 Lazenby of Sheriff Hutton

    Date: 21 Mar 1772

    Murder of William Moor of Alne, 'an old man that went about the country selling oatmeal', at Sheriff Hutton on 9 Oct 1771.

    See also TNA: ASSI 45/33/2/67-69.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 14 Mar 1772. General Evening Post, 24 Mar 1772. Criminal Chronology, p 87.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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