Quarter Sessions Order Books. 1730—1770.
April 1730 to Epiphany 1753.
[Square 8vo. paper book bound in vellum.]
Presentment upon the knowledge of John Williams Esqr That
the Highway leading from a place called Hewl y Park in the parish of
Pentyrch by a House called Pen y Toyn and from thence to a place
called Pen y Garn And from thence to the River Taff called Rhyd y
Twad In the said Parish of Pentyrch is not sufficiently repaired But
that the same is in great decay.
Note that a Welsh bushel=2½ Winchester bushels. One
pedorran (of grain)=4 quarts.
Indictment against Lionel Stibbs, of Cardiff, for assaulting
Indictment against Morgan Daniel and William Williams, of
Wenvoe, labourers, for maiming cattle. The accused "were
Accquitted but being Extreamly Poor the ffees were forgave them."
"Indictment Agt Wm Rosser of Llanedern for Stealing a
Quantity of Wheat from Wm Morgan Esqr—found Guilty &
Ordered to be Whipped."
Presentment that the antient bridge called Llandaffe Bridge is
ruinous and out of repair, and ought to be repaired by the inhabitants
of the county of Glamorgan.
The like of Cardiff Bridge.
[The curious female names Sage and Freelove occur.]
Grand Jury present the highway leading from the town of
Cardiff to the Broad Heath in the parish of Llandaffe.
Epiphany 1747 to Epiphany 1760.
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1747 January 12 Tuesday. At Cardiff.
Anthony Mathew of Leckwith having no estate sufficient to
qualify him to serve on Juries in this County, it is ordered that he
be struck off the Freeholders' Book.
1751 October. At Cardiff.
Ordered that David Howell Bayliffe of ye Hundred of Kibbor be
fined in ye Sume of fforty Shillings for his Neglect of Duty in not
Attending this Court to make a Return of his Warrt of Sum[m]ons
Returnable here in this Court and for other Misdemeanors by him
1751/2 January 14.
Ordered that the Dwelling House of Lewis Watkin in ye Parish
of Roath be Registred as a place proper for ye Celebration of Divine
Worship for his Majestys Protestant Subjects Dissenting from ye
Church of England.
1752 October. At Cardiff.
Upon ye Motion of Mr Llewellin on ye behalfe of the Bailiffs of
Cardiff as Coroners thereof, having Exhibited to the Court Praying
According to the late Act of Parliament an Allowance of Twenty
Shillings for each Inquest for two Inquisitions held and taken the
one upon ye Body of John Lewis & the other upon ye Body of
Thomas Evan, be allowed the sd sum[m]e of fforty Shillings, And
which is hereby Ordered to be paid them by the Treasurer of
the sd County.
1753 October. At Cardiff.
Ordered that William Thomas Convicted this Day for feloniously
Stealing of Several Sheafs of Wheat the property of Lewis Thomas,
be Transported for Seven Years to some of his Majesty's plantations
in America. And it is farther Ordered that Martha ye Wife of ye
sd Wm Thomas, also Convicted this Day for ye same Offence, be
publickly whipped this Day according to Law.
1753/4 January. At Cardiff.
Ordered that Ann Harris late of the County Burrough of
Carmarthen Singlewoman now a Prisoner in ye Com[m]on Goal of this
County and found Guilty of ffelony by this Court, in Stealing of
ffour Shillings the property of one Isaac Bowen, be upon Saturday
the twenty ffifth day of January instant, at ten of the clock in the
forenoon, be Stripped from her Wast Upwards And to be Whipped
from the County Goal to the Western Gate of the Town of Cardiff
and back again to the sd County Goal, Which is the Judgement of
this Court upon the said Conviction.
1755 July. At Neath.
William David, of Penlline, convicted of stealing a quantity of
iron, to the value of 10d., the property of Thomas Morgan and
Hopkin Rees, esquires, is ordered to be stripped from the waist
upwards and whipped on the following Saturday, round St Mary
1756 October. At Cardiff.
Elizabeth, wife of Morgan Thomas, of Eglwysilan, labourer, and
Ann William of the same, spinster, convicted of stealing ten sheaves
of wheat, the goods and chattels of Thomas Evan, gent., are ordered
to be each of them publicly whipped on Saturday at Caerphilly, from
the dwellinghouse of William David, blacksmith, to the bridge at
Upon the petition of Rowland Bevan, esq., and others, farmers
of the County, ordered: That all grain be in future measured and
sold only by the standard Winchester measure.
1757 October. At Cardiff.
Ordered that the Allowance heretofore paid by the County, for
the maintenance of Lott, a Bastard Child born in the County Gaol, be
for the future discharged.
Edward Turberville of the parish of Radir in ye said County
Gent. having proved to this Court that he is of ye Age of Seventy
Two Years and upwards, Ordered on ye Motion of Mr Henry Llewellin
that he be struck off ye ffreeholders Book and for the future be not
Sum[m]oned to serve on Jurys within the sd County.
1760 January. At Cardiff.
Two Neath colliers, for stealing glass bottles to the value of 6d.,
were ordered to be whipped from the Gaol to the West Gate and
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Thomas Edwards, Clerk of the Peace.
A Deputation from Thomas Mathews of Thomas-Town in the
County of Tipperary and Kingdom of Ireland esquire (bearing date
the 17th day of October 1763) Deputing Anthony Mathews of
Lecqueth in the County of Glamorgan, Gent., Gamekeeper within the
Manor of Landaff, being produced in Court the Same is Allowed of
and registred accordingly.
A Deputation from Willm Hurst of Gabalva in the County of
Glamorgan Esqr and Calvert Richard Jones of Swansea in the said
County Esqr bearing date the 19th day of September 1767 Deputing
David Jones of St Andrews in the said County Yeoman, Gamekeeper
within the Several Manors of Dynaspowis, Landough East, and Cogan
in the said County, being produced in Court the Same is Allowed of
and Registred Accordingly.
The Constables Return of Jurors.
Thomas Lewis Esq. Reynold James
Thomas Williams Gent. John William
John Williams Gent. John Thomas junior Gent.
John Thomas senior Gent. Francis Durbrow Gent.
Thomas Evan Richard Thomas
Thomas Mathews Esq. John Morgan
William Hurst Esq. Felix Fox
John Jenkin the Elder
John Mathews Wm Williams
Nicholas Hopkins Christopher Jones
Mr Anthony Mathews Mr Thomas Mathews
John William Thomas Jones
Mr Edward Llewellin Bartholomew Powell
Edward Jenkin Edward Mathew
Mr William Price Thomas Joseph
Mr Wm Turberville Oliver Robotham
Thomas Morgan Phillip William
Thomas Roberts, the builder of Landaff bridge, is to be paid
£50 towards the expenses thereof. Agreement that he is to repair
Cardiff bridge, raising the broken pier as high as it was formerly,
"and dam out the water so as to get a sufficient foundation, and
afterwards to underpin the foundation of the said pier together with
the foundation of the two arches supported by the said pier, with
Lyon stones and good lime mortar, and all to be filled sollid to
compleat the same in a good workmanlike manner," for £220.
Martha David, spinster, found guilty of felony, is to be whipped
privately at the house of correction.
The Court, which appears about this time to have usually sat at
the Red House, when at Cardiff, was occasionally adjourned to the
Bear inn in the same town. The inn used for this purpose at Neath
was the Ship and Castle; at Cowbridge the Bear, at Swansea the
Star. Occasionally also at the Three Cranes, Cardiff.