Cardiff Records: Volume 3. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1901.
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ERRATA AND ADDENDA.
Doubt having been freely expressed as to whether the two Catholic priests (the Rev. Philip Evans, S.J., and the Rev. John Lloyd) were really executed in the manner indicated in my notes to the Gaol File of 1679 (Vol. II., p. 175), it may be well to give, together with a literal translation, the Sentence as entered on the Plea Roll of May anno 31 Car. 2 (1678). After the record of the conviction of Philip Evans, of Skerr in the county of Glamorgan, clerk, for that he, being a seminary priest ordained by authority of the Roman See, treasonably came, was and remained in the Principality of Wales, contrary to the Statute, the Sentence runs thus :—
"Quod predictus Philippus usque ad furcas de Cardiff trahetur et ibidem suspendatur per collum et vivus ad terram prosternatur et interiora sua extra ventrem suum capiantur ipsoque vivente comburantur et caput suum amputetur quodque corpus suum in quatuor partes dividatur ac quod caput et quarteria illa ponantur ubi dominus Rex ea assignare vult." [In margine: "Judicium."]
"That the aforesaid Philip be drawn as far as the gallows of Cardift, and there be hanged by the neck, and alive be thrown to the ground, and his bowels be taken out of his belly and burned while he liveth, and his head be cut off, and that his body be divided into four parts, and that the head and those quarters be placed where our lord the King shall assign them." [In the margin: "Judgment."]
The sentence on the Rev. John Lloyd, of Penlline, is word for word the same.
The place of execution, known as Gallows Field, was situate near the old crosslanes on the eastern boundary of the Borough of Cardiff, at the junction of the parishes of Saint John and Roath. To identify the site as nearly as possible, it was the spot on which now stands the shop at the corner of Richmond Road and Crwys Road.
Mr. J. S. Corbett writes thus to the Archivist, under date 10 August 1901:—"In the second volume of the 'Cardiff Records,' p. 211, it is stated that a milkmaid was killed by a bull at Croft Castle Gwibley, Leckwith, in 1760. I remember being told when in the neighbourhood of the place, about 30 years ago, that bulls in the fields there were reputed to get very savage, and that a person was once killed by one there. . . . . As to Castle Gwibley itself, though there are some slight remains at the place, I do not think any building of importance is likely to have existed there. There are no records or notice of such in the Leckwith manorial documents, so far as I have observed. Weobly Castle, in Gower, was formerly called Castle Gwebley and was at one time (temp. Eliz.) owned by the Earls of Pembroke, also Lords of Leckwith; but I cannot suggest any reason for giving the name to what was probably little more than a cottage in Leckwith."