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  • Mary Bateman of Leeds, and a native of Aisenby, 41

    Date: 20 Mar 1809

    Murder of Rebecca Perigo of Leeds of Bramley, near Leeds, in May 1807, and attempted murder of her Rebecca's husband William Perigo by poison administered as part of a wise woman's spell.

    Notorious case, in which Bateman became known as the 'Yorkshire Witch'.

    Leeds Mercury, 17 Mar 1809. Rede, York Castle, p 30. Criminal Chronology, p 145.

  • 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.

  • 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 Hannah of Manchester, tailor, 27

    Date: 27 Dec 1856

    Murder of Jane Banham, n?e Jane Hope, estranged partner and mother of Hannah's illegitimate children, at Malt Mill Inn, Armley, Leeds on 11 Sep 1856.

    Banham, who had been abandoned by her husband, was the principal dancer in a travelling corps of entertainers headed by her father, John Hope, formerly of India. Hannah's supporters, who attempted to get a respite for him, argued that he had been driven into a frenzy by Banham's refusal to live with him and her refusal to give him access to her children. Hannah was the son of William Hannah of 15 Lombard Street, Deangate, Manchester. His last letters to his family were published verbatim in the Leeds Mercury and other papers.

    Morning Chronicle, 16 Dec 1856. Leeds Mercury, 24 Dec 1856; 30 Dec 1856.

  • Michael Stokes, private in 57th Regiment of Foot, Roman Catholic, about 20

    Date: 13 May 1848

    Murder by shooting of Mary Ann Garrad, 28, wife of Private William Garrad, at Leeds Horse Barracks, Chapeltown Road, Leeds on 20 Jan 1848.

    Chaplain's Journal: 13 May 1848. Leeds Mercury, 29 Jan 1848; 25 Mar 1848.

  • Thomas Knapton of Potternewton, Leeds, yeoman

    Date: 3 Aug 1784

    Murder of Hannah Wood, 'his sweetheart', by poison at Leeds on 10 Nov 1783.

    See also TNA: ASSI 45/35/1/113-117.

    TNA: ASSI 41/8. Whitehall Evening Post, 10 Aug 1784. Criminal Chronology, p 95.

  • Ann Barber, n?e Ann Smirthwaite, of Rothwell, born 1778

    Date: 13 Aug 1821

    Petty treason - murder of her husband James Barber of Rothwell, near Leeds, by poisoning him with arsenic.

    Leeds Mercury, 18 Aug 1821. Rede, York Castle, p 686.

  • Joseph Blackburn of Leeds, attorney

    Date: 8 Apr 1815

    Forgery - creating and applying false revenue stamps on legal documents.

    Leeds Mercury, 1 Apr 1814; 8 Apr 1814. The Hull Packet, 4 Apr 1815.

  • John Wright, formerly a soldier in the 37th Regiment of Foot when it was quartered at Leeds

    Date: 30 Mar 1771

    Breaking and entering at night into the dwelling house of John Green at Leeds and stealing a silver salver valued at ?5.

    Wright was acquitted of the wilful murder of James English on the occasion of the burglary. See also TNA: ASSI 45/30/1/145-160.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 9 Mar 1771. Middlesex Journal or Chronicle of Liberty, 28 Mar 1771. Criminal Chronology, p 86.

  • Thomas Malkin, worker at Mr Holdsworth's Mill, Leeds, 17

    Date: 6 Jan 1849

    Murder of Esther Inman, step-daughter of Thomas Watson, a tailor of Hunslet, by stabbing on 8 Oct 1848.

    At trial Malkin protested his innocence. He and Inman, both chapel attendees, had been courting for a year, with Esther's parents' blessing. There were no eye-witnesses and no motive was established. The defence proposed suicide, calling evidence that Esther had a volatile temperament and that she had earlier been found to be carrying a dagger around in her clothes. Malkin reportedly confessed to the murder just before execution.

    Chaplain's Journal: 6 Jan 1849. Leeds Mercury, 23 Dec 1848. Newcastle Courant, 12 Jan 1849.

  • William Barker of Leeds, clothdresser

    Date: Summer 1729

    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

    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

    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.

  • John Ward

    Date: Lent 1767

    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.

  • William Cowlin / William Coughlin

    Date: Lent 1746

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

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

  • Jeremiah Boythroyd / Jeremiah Boothroyd

    Date: Lent 1772

    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.

  • John Scoresby / John Storesby of Bridlington, blacksmith

    Date: Lent 1726

    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.

  • Rachael Bryan / Rachel Bryan, wife of James Bryan

    Date: Lent 1772

    Stealing goods valued at upwards of 5s from the dwelling house of William Neesholme at Leeds; transportation 7 years Lent 1772.

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

  • Samuel Thornton

    Date: Summer 1765

    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.

  • Joseph Thornton

    Date: Summer 1765

    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.

  • John Harltey of Wortley, Leeds, pedlar

    Date: 1761

    Imprisoned on a suit brought against him by Francis Sowry; London Gazette 10151, 24 Oct 1761, p 7.

  • William Cockerham of Leeds, clothier and woolstapler

    Date: 1761

    London Gazette 10103, 9 May 1761, p 4; 10104, 12 May 1761, p 7; 10106, 19 May 1761, p 7

  • John Watts of Leeds, tallow chandler

    Date: 1744

    Surrendered from beyond the seas to York Castle.

    London Gazette 8353, 11 Aug 1744, p 3

  • John Harris of Leeds, dealer and chapman

    Date: 1744

    London Gazette 8374, 23 Oct 1744, p 6

  • Abraham Slater of Hunslet, Leeds, tanner

    Date: 1743

    London Gazette 8227, 28 May 1743, p 7

  • James Walker of Moortown, Leeds, gentleman

    Date: 1729

    London Gazette 6783, 31 May 1729, p 3

  • George Flather of Leeds, gentleman and attorney at law

    Date: 1729

    West Riding - Quarter Session at York Castle, 1729

    London Gazette 6809, 30 Aug 1729, p 3

  • James Wilcock of Leeds, auctioneer and land surveyor

    Date: 1813

    West Riding.

    London Gazette 16832, 28 Dec 1813, p 2717; 16835, 30 Dec 1813, p 2753; 16836, 1 Jan 1814, p 5

  • William Tempest of Hunslet, near Leeds, and formerly of Morley, clothier

    Date: 1813

    West Riding.

    London Gazette 16832, 28 Dec 1813, p 2717; 16835, 30 Dec 1813, p 2753; 16836, 1 Jan 1814, p 5

  • Abraham Garnett of Balk, near Thirsk, and formerly of Leeds, mechanic

    Date: 1812

    North Riding.

    London Gazette 16631, 8 Aug 1812, p 1576; 16632, 11 Aug 1812, p 1628; 16635, 15 Aug 1812, p 1672

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