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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.

  • Abraham Wright

    Date: Lent 1773

    Stealing 29 yards of blue woollen shalloon valued at 30s and 58 yards of black shalloon valued at ?3 belonging to William Rhodes of Leeds; transportation 7 years Lent 1773.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 6 Mar 1773.

  • 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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