Summaries of the True Bills
James I

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Centre for Metropolitan History

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John Cordy Jeaffreson (editor)

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1887

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287-314

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'Summaries of the True Bills: James I', Middlesex county records: Volume 2: 1603-25 (1887), pp. 287-314. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66010 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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James I

(48.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 1 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary29
" " " horse-stealing6
" " " larceny40
" " " larceny with housebreaking9
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies15
" " " manslaughter2
Person " " murder1
Persons " " ox (cow &c.) stealing9
Person " " pig-stealing1
Persons " " sheep-stealing8
Persons indicted for capital felonies120
Persons convicted of petty larceny, all of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny6
Persons indicted for assault and battery7
Person " " assault with dagger1
Persons " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty5
Person " " cheating and cosening1
" " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " keeping brothels2
" " " not coming to church &c.5
" " " nuisance, in putting a dunghill on public ground5
Person " " quarrelling and fomenting quarrels1
Persons " " refusing to keep watch3
Persons convicted of capital felonies53
" acquitted of " "38
Capital felons confessing indictments, eight of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually16
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy24
" " sentenced to be hung—males 26, females 228
" " reprieved—before judgment 1, after judgment 23
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large22
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"37

(49.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 2 JAMES I.

Person indicted for bigamy1
Persons " " burglary9
" " " horse-stealing13
" " " larceny34
" " " larceny with housebreaking6
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies16
" " " manslaughter4
" " " murder4
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing8
" " " pig-stealing2
Person " " rape1
Persons indicted for capital felonies98
Persons convicted of petty larceny, two of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny8
Persons indicted for assault and battery12
" " " assault with sword &c.4
" " " assembling riotously and making riot7
" " " cheating and cosening3
Person " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.35
Person " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively1
Persons " " quarrelling and fomenting discords &c.2
Person " " trespass, in taking away a horse1
Persons " " vagabondage5
Persons convicted of capital felonies53
" acquitted of " "28
Capital felons confessing indictments, nine of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually14
Culprit standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"1
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy21
" " sentenced to be hung—males 26, female 127
" " reprieved—before judgment 5, after judgment 16
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large5
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"42

(50.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 3 JAMES I.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for burglary29
" " " horse-stealing6
" " " larceny34
" " " larceny with housebreaking9
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies15
" " " manslaughter2
Person " " murder1
Persons " " ox (cow &c.) stealing9
Person " " pig-stealing1
Persons " " sheep-stealing8
Persons indicted for capital felonies114
Persons convicted of petty larceny, all of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny6
Persons indicted for assault and battery7
Person " " assault with dagger1
Persons " " assembling riotously &c, and hindering officers in the execution of their duty9
Person " " cheating and cosening1
" " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " keeping brothels2
" " " not coming to church &c.37
" " " nuisance, in putting dung &c. and keeping dunghills on public ground near highways5
" " " refusing to keep watch3
Persons convicted of capital felonies53
" acquitted of " "32
Capital felons confessing indictments, eight of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually16
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy24
" " sentenced to be hung—males 26, females 228
" " reprieved—before judgment 1, after judgment 23
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large22
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"37

(51.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 4 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary18
" " " horse-stealing4
Persons indicted for larceny18
" " " larceny with housebreaking4
" " " larcenies from the person (done with violence), including highway robberies15
" " " manslaughter3
" " " murder7
" " " witchcraft2
Persons indicted for capital felonies71
Persons convicted of petty larceny4
Persons indicted for assault and battery6
" " " assault with sword3
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty &c.4
" " " assembling riotously and breaking windows &c.10
Person " " encroaching on a highway1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.86
Person " " nuisance, in keeping dogs offensively1
Persons " " quarrelling and fomenting discords &c.2
Persons convicted of capital felonies38
" acquitted of " "18
Capital felons confessing indictments, all of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually4
Culprit standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"1
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy8
" " sentenced to be hung—males 19, females 221
" " reprieved—before judgment 99
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large10
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"25

(52.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 5 JAMES I.

Catholic priest indicted for being and remaining traitorously in the country1
Person indicted for bigamy1
Persons " " burglary11
Person " " fowl-stealing1
Persons " " horse-stealing10
" " " larceny46
" " " larceny with housebreaking3
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies19
" " " manslaughter4
Persons indicted for murder8
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing12
Person " " pig-stealing1
" " " rape1
" " " sheep-stealing1
Persons convicted for capital felonies119
Persons convicted of petty larceny, two of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny14
Persons convicted of assault and battery11
" " " assault with the sword &c.3
" " " assaulting and hindering officers in the performance of their duty3
" " " assembling riotously and making riot9
" " " carrying away an obligatory writing2
" " " keeping brothels2
" " " not coming to church &c.112
" " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively2
Person " " nuisance, in throwing filthy water into a public place1
Persons " " playing unlawful games2
" " " quarrelling and inciting to breach of peace3
" " " stopping a water-course5
Persons convicted of capital felonies66
" acquitted of " "43
Capital felons confessing indictments, eight of them following up their confessions by pleading benefit of clergy11
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"3
Capital felons pleading benefit of clergy26
" " sentenced to be hung—males 30, females 333
" " reprieved—before judgment 4, after judgment 610
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large4
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"51

(53.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 6 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for bigamy3
" " " burglary15
" " " horse-stealing6
" " " larceny80
" " " larceny with housebreaking17
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies44
" " " manslaughter5
" " " murder4
Persons indicted for ox (cow &c.) stealing2
" " " sheep-stealing6
Persons indicted for capital felonies182
Persons convicted of petty larceny, nine of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny25

Memoranda on the indictments show that, in respect to two of the nine culprits so convicted on indictments for grand larceny, and six of the other culprits, it was ordered that they should be delivered "on payment of the fee." The amount of the fee does not appear.

Persons indicted for assault and battery15
" " " assault with sword &c.6
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty11
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.14
" " " building a new cottage and placing a tenant in it, without assigning four acres of land to the habitation5
Person " " building a new house against the form of a certain statute, and building it without gutters so that the rainfallfrom its roof annoyed passers-by1
" " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " keeping bowling-alleys2
Person " " keeping a brothel1
Persons " " not coming to church125
" " " playing unlawful games10
" " " quarrelling and inciting to breach of peace &c.2
" " " selling ale by short measure18
Person " " selling unwholesome flesh for human food1
Persons " " stopping water-courses6
Person " " trespass, in breaking riotously into a house1
Also, three several informations against brewers for supplying unlicensed ale-house-keepers with ale and beer, in excess of their lawful requirements, against the form of a certain statute of 4 James I.; the number of the brewers thus informed against being3
Persons convicted of capital felonies89
" acquitted of " "56
Capital felons confessing indictments, eleven of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually20
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"6
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy34
" " sentenced to be hung—males 42, females 749
" " reprieved—before judgment 6, after judgment 39
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large22
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"59

(54.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 7 JAMES I.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for burglary34
" " " coining false money4
" " " clipping and diminishing the king's current money2
" " " horse-stealing24
" " " larceny104
" " " larceny with housebreaking20
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies25
" " " manslaughter14
" " " murder8
" " " ox ('cow &c.) stealing5
" " " pig-stealing2
" " " rape6
" " " sheep-stealing18
Person " " witchcraft1
Persons indicted for capital felonies267
Persons convicted of petty larceny, six of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny39

It was adjudged that of these thirty-nine culprits twenty-six should be delivered on payment of ihe fee, and thirteen be whipt and then delivered on payment of the fee.

Persons indicted for assault and battery17
" " " assault with sword &c.4
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty5
Person " " building a new stable against the form of a certain statute1
Persons " " cheating and cosening3
Person " " enticing an apprentice to neglect his master's service and spend his master's money on harlots1
Persons " " following vocations without having served apprenticeships to them2
" " " forcible entry and disseisin6
Person " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.96
Person " " nuisance, in building a cottage without a roof-gutter to carry off the rainfall1
" " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively1
Persons " " nuisance, in stopping public ways2
Person " " nuisance, in stopping a water-course1
" " " selling unwholesome flesh for human food1
" " " taking away a tame stag1
Person indicted for trespass, in intruding into the King's palace (Whitehall) and the Prince of Wales's palace (St. James's) without licence1
Persons " " trespassing riotously on private ground5
" " " trespassing on private ground and taking away lead3
Also, Informations for supplying unlicensed ale-house-keepers with ale and beer in excess of their lawful requirements against two brewers2
Persons convicted of capital felonies137
" acquitted of " "96
Capital felons confessing indictments, twenty-six of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually38
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"3
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy57
" " sentenced to be hung—males 56, females 460
" " reprieved—before judgment 12, after judgment 517
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large26
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"115

(55.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 8 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for bigamy6
" " " burglary32
" " " horse-stealing20
" " " larceny85
" " " larceny with housebreaking4
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies34
" " " manslaughter13
" " " murder4
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing5
Person " " pig-stealing1
Persons " " sheep-stealing4
Persons indicted for capital felonies208
Persons convicted of petty larceny, seven of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny24
All of these twenty-four culprits were sentenced to be whipt and pay the fee before being delivered.
Person indicted for abducting a rich widow and detaining her against her will1
Persons " " assault and battery21
Persons indicted for assault with sword &c.5
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty9
" " " breaking into a garden and cutting down fruit-trees2
Person " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " keeping brothels2
" " " not coming to church &c.69
Person " " nuisance, in blocking a public way with carts1
" " " nuisance, in keeping a slaughter-house offensively1
Persons " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively2
Person " " nuisance, in throwing bones and hoofs of animals on a highway1
Persons " " vagabondage6
Persons convicted of capital felonies93
" acquitted of " "73
Capital felons confessing indictments, eleven of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually17
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"6
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy42
" " sentenced to be hung—males 42, females 345
" " reprieved—before judgment 6, after judgment 17
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large26
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"81

(56.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 9 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary43
" " " horse-stealing12
" " " larceny97
" " " larceny with housebreaking12
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies25
" " " manslaughter2
" " " murder9
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing5
" " " pig-stealing2
" " " sheep-stealing4
Persons indicted for capital felonies211
Persons convicted of petty larceny, fifteen of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny32

Of these thirty-two culprits, twenty-seven were sentenced to be whipt, before being delivered on payment of the fee. Three of the remaining five were ordered to be delivered on payment of the fee. In respect to the sentences on the other two, the bills afford no information.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for assault and battery32
" " " assault with sword &c.2
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty2
" " " assembling riotously and making riot7
Person " " building new cottages &c. without assigning four acres of land to each or any-one of them1
" " " following a vocation without having served an apprenticeship to it1
Persons " " forcible entry and disseisin5
Person " " harbouring ill-disposed and suspected persons1
" " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
Persons " " keeping brothels2
Person " " keeping a disorderly house during divine service1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.84
Person " " nuisance, in defiling the water of a public pond and spring by cleaning hides therein1
" " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively1
" " " removing a wooden post set in a highway1
" " " taking away a child and cheating1
Persons convicted of capital felonies98
" acquitted of " "75
Capital felons confessing indictments, twelve of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually15
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy43
" " sentenced to be hung—males 41, females 647
" " reprieved—before judgment 7, after judgment 18
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large28
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"82

(57.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 10 JAMES I.

Person indicted for bigamy1
Persons " " burglary17
" " " horse-stealing5
" " " larceny47
" " " larceny with housebreaking3
" " " larcenies from the person done with violence, including highway robberies15
Person " " manslaughter1
Persons " " murder3
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing4
Person " " rape1
" " " sheep-stealing1
Persons indicted for capital felonies98
Persons convicted of petty larceny, ten of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny13

All of these thirteen culprits were sentenced to be whipt, nothing being said of the obligation of any one of them to pay a fee before delivery. It is also worthy of remark that in the ensuing files of this reign, nothing appears on any bill to notify that a culprit convicted of petty larceny was required to pay a fee before enlargement.

Persons indicted for assault and battery28
Person " " assault with sword1
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty1
Persons " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.15
Person " " breaking into a chase and killing deer1
" " " cheating by means of counterfeit letters1
" " " following a vocation without having been apprenticed to it1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.89
Person " " nuisance, in putting cartloads of dirt on a highway1
" " " trespassing and taking away lead1
" " " vagrancy1
Persons convicted of capital felonies38
" acquitted of " "50
Capital felons confessing indictments, four of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually6
" " pleading and having benefit of clergy14
" " sentenced to be hung—males 20, females 222
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large5
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"11

(58.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 11 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary56
" " " horse-stealing9
" " " larceny147
" " " larceny with housebreaking10
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies35
" " " manslaughter12
" " " murder11
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing12
" " " pig-stealing3
Person " " rape1
Persons " " sheep-stealing21
Person indicted for unnatural offence1
Persons indicted for capital felonies318
Persons convicted of petty larceny, thirty-seven of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny47

All these forty-seven culprits were sentenced to be whipt.

Persons indicted for assault and battery28
" " " assault with sword &c.3
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty &c.7
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.8
Person " " cheating and cosening1
Persons " " entering a house forcibly and breaking its windows2
Person " " extortion by colour of office &c.1
" " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
" " " keeping a bowling-alley1
Persons " " keeping brothels8
" " " neglecting to repair public ways8
" " " not coming to church &c.91
Person " " nuisance, in neglecting to repair a ruinous cottage, likely to fall on a public way1
Constables " " for permitting vagrants to escape without punishment3
Persons " " selling bread by short weight9
Person " " selling beer by short measure1
Persons " " shooting and killing pigeons2
" " " trespassing on private ground and breaking down palings3
" " " unlawful arrest and imprisonment
Person " " vagabondage1
Also, Informations for supplying unlicensed keepers of ale-houses with ale and beer in excess of their lawful requirements, against five brewers5
Persons convicted of capital felonies134
" acquitted of " "146
Capital felons confessing indictments, nine of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually15
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy45
" " sentenced to be hung—males 72, females 476
" " reprieved—before judgment 13, after judgment 821
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large24
Capital felons described in the indictments as "late of London"4

(59.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 12 JAMES I.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for burglary64
" " " coining false money2
" " " horse-stealing13
" " " larceny117
" " " larceny with housebreaking8
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies13
" " " manslaughter2
" " " murder8
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing7
" " " pig-stealing3
" " " sheep-stealing13
" " " witchcraft2
Persons indicted for capital felonies252
Persons convicted of petty larceny, thirty-nine of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny48

All these forty-eight culprits were sentenced to be whipt.

Persons indicted for abducting an heiress aged fourteen years3
" " " assault and battery20
" " " assault with sword3
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty8
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.12
" " " cutting a leaden water-conduit3
Person " " extortion by colour of office1
Persons " " following vocations without having served apprenticeships to them4
" " " not coming to church &c.130
Person " " refusing to take a certain oath of the statute of 3 James I., entitled "An Acte for the better discoveringe and repressing of Popishe Recusants"1
Persons " " selling bread by short weight3
" " " taking away pieces of iron2
" " " vagabondage4
Person " " wounding a man by driving a cart over his head1
Also, Informations for ingrossing against1
" " " building cottages without assigning four acres of land to each or any of them, against2
" " " supplying unlicensed ale-house-keepers with ale and beer in excess of their lawful requirements against brewers2
" " " selling beer at excessive price against brewers6
Persons convicted of capital felonies92
" acquitted of " "112
Capital felons confessing indictments, ten of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually12
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"4
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy35
" " sentenced to be hanged—males 48, females 654
" " reprieved—before judgment 2, after 79
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large16
Capital felons described in the indictments as " late of London "4

(60.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 13 JAMES I.

Person indicted for bigamy1
Persons " " burglary50
Person " " fabricating counterfeit Letters Patent, under an impression of the King's Great Seal, taken from another patent1
Persons " " fowl-stealing3
" " " horse-stealing21
" " " larceny106
" " " larceny with housebreaking12
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies36
" " " manslaughter4
" " " murder3
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing5
" " " pig-stealing4
Person " " rape1
Persons " " sheep-stealing10
" " " witchcraft3
Persons indicted for capital felonies260
Persons convicted of petty larceny, nineteen of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny24

All twenty-four culprits were sentenced to be whipt.

Persons indicted for assault and battery63
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty &c.4
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.13
" " " " " and wrecking a house9
" " " breaking into a close and killing rabbits2
" " " card-sharping4
" " " forcible entry and disseisin8
" " " keeping ale-houses without licence2
Persons indicted for keeping brothels2
" " " not coming to church &c161
Person " " quarrelling and inciting to breach of peace &c.1
Persons " " selling bread by short weight 4
Butchers " " selling mutton and veal in Lent, the same not being sold for victualling ships in foreign parts12
Persons " " taking away goods deceitfully and fraudulently3
" " " vagabondage3
Also, an Information against one person for following a vocation without having been apprenticed to it1
Persons convicted of capital felonies122
" acquitted of " "98
Capital felons confessing indictments, seven of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually14
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having their benefit of clergy39
" " sentenced to be hung—males 65, females 1176
" " reprieved—after judgment 33
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large27

(61.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 14 JAMES I.

Person indicted for bigamy1
Persons " " burglary16
Person " " coining false money &c.1
Persons " " fowl-stealing2
" " " horse-stealing9
" " " larceny67
" " " larceny with housebreaking6
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies11
" " " manslaughter3
Person " " murder1
Persons " " ox (cow &c.) stealing9
" " " sheep-stealing14
Person " " incorrigible vagabondage1
" " " witchcraft1
Persons indicted for capital felonies142
Persons convicted of petty larceny, sixteen of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny17
All seventeen culprits were sentenced to be whipt.
Persons indicted for assault and battery24
Persons indicted for assault with sword3
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty2
" " " card-sharping3
" " " deer-stealing2
Person " " extortion and cheating1
" " " keeping an ale-house without licence1
" " " keeping a ferocious mastiff under insufficient control1
Constables " " neglecting to do their best for the apprehension and punishment of vagrants8
Persons " not coming to church &c146
Person " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively1
" " " quarrelling and inciting to breach of peace &c.1
" " " selling milk by deficient measure1
Persons " " taking away lead2
Persons convicted of capital felonies65
" acquitted of " "60
Culprit sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"1
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy32
" " sentenced to be hung—males 31, females 233
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large15

(62.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 15 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary19
" " " horse-stealing7
" " " larceny77
" " " larceny with housebreaking5
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies6
" " " manslaughter5
" " " murder4
" " " pig-stealing3
Person " " sheep-stealing1
Persons indicted for capital felonies127
Persons convicted of petty larceny, twenty-one of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny25
All twenty-five culprits were sentenced to be whipt.
Persons indicted for assault and battery35
" " " assault with sword &c.3
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty8
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.28
Persons indicted for cheating and extortion2
Person " " " by means of counterfeit letters1
Persons " " giving false and slanderous evidence in a Court of Justice2
" " " keeping ale-houses without licence2
Person " " keeping disorderly house, with unlawful games1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.156
Constables " " permitting vagrants to escape from their custody3
Persons " " quarrelling, inciting to breach of peace &c.3
Person " " refusing to keep watch1
Persons " " vagabondage5
Persons convicted of capital felonies57
" acquitted of " "41
Capital felons confessing indictments, one of them following up his confession by pleading his clergy effectually2
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy17
" " sentenced to be hung—males 33, females 336
" " reprieved—before judgment 3, after judgment 58
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large21

(63.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 16 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary20
Person " " fowl-stealing1
Persons " " horse-stealing17
" " " larceny95
" " " larceny with housebreaking9
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies24
" " " manslaughter3
" " " murder3
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing10
Person " " pig-stealing1
Persons " " sheep-stealing10
Persons indicted for capital felonies193
Persons convicted of petty larceny, twenty-three of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny28
Of the twenty-eight culprits twenty-seven were sentenced to be whipt.
Persons indicted for assault and battery32
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the exetion of their duty8
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.21
Person " " being drunk and disorderly1
Person indicted for breaking forcibly but not feloniously into a private house1
Persons " " card-sharping4
Person " " cheating and extortion1
" " " cheating by means of spurious passport and Letters Testimonial1
" " " driving a horse and cart over a woman1
Persons " " going about the country and buying old iron as petty chapmen to the injury of "les blacksmiths"6
" " " keeping ale-houses without licence5
Person " " keeping a bowling-alley1
Persons " " keeping brothels3
" " " keeping disorderly houses, with unlawful games3
Constable " " neglecting to arrest doers of nuisances1
Constables " " neglecting to do their best to convey vagrants to the places of their nativity23
Persons " " not coming to church &c.80
Person " " nuisance, in making bricks offensively—to wit, baking them with "ill-smellinge seacole" and putting them on a public way1
Persons " " quarrelling, inciting to breach of peace &c.4
" " " receiving in their dwelling-houses inmates alias subtenants8
" " " selling ale by defective measure2
" " " selling bread by defective weight2
" " " taking and carrying away a leaden water-conduit3
" " " vagabondage40
Also, Informations for supplying unlicensed ale-house-keepers with ale and beer in excess of their lawful requirements, against sixty brewers60
Persons convicted of capital felonies83
" acquitted of " "83
Capital felons confessing indictments, four of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually8
Culprit standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"1
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy22
" " sentenced to be hung—males 47, females 1360
" " reprieved—before judgment 1, after judgment 23
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large17

Two of the indictments against vagrants, preserved in the G. D. files of this year, exhibit memoranda that may be interesting to persons seeking particulars touching the history of Virginia, U.S. Arraigned at the Old Bailey court-house on a charge of having been persistent vagrants at Clerkenwell on 2 August, 16 James I., and at divers times before and after the said day, Ralph Rookes, Richard Wheeler, Walter Styles and Robert Hickes, all late of Clerkenwell, put themselves 'Not Guilty'; when Robert Hickes was acquitted. Found 'Guilty,' Richard Wheeler and Walter Styles were branded with the letter R on the left shoulder. Ralph Rookes was also found 'Guilty'; but instead of being branded and returned to the streets he was spared the fiery touch and committed to Sheriff Johnson for transportation to Virginia; the memorandum over his name being "Po se cul r' Vic' Johnson mitti ad Virg'nia'"="He puts himself 'Not Guilty' on a jury; is found 'Guilty'; is reprieved to Sheriff Johnson, to be sent to Virginia."—In like manner it appears from a similar memorandum on the bill of indictment preferred against Joseph Johnson for vagrancy at Clerkenwell, that on being found 'Guilty' by a jury, he was 'r Vic' Johnson mitti ad Virginia'." Both these bills are in injured and dateless rolls.

(64.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 17 JAMES I.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for bigamy4
" " " burglary63
" " " horse-stealing20
" " " larceny139
" " " larceny with housebreaking4
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies33
" " " manslaughter3
" " " murder6
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing10
" " " pig-stealing3
" " " rape2
" " " sheep-stealing6
Person " " witchcraft1
Persons indicted for capital felonies294
Persons convicted of petty larceny, twenty-seven of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny31

Of these thirty-one culprits, only thirteen appear from the memoranda on the indictments to have been sentenced to be whipt. But the bills of this year were kept with a manifest carelessness, which disposes the editor to think that the number of petty thieves sentenced to whipping exceeded thirteen.

Persons indicted for assault and battery48
" " " assault with sword &c4
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty10
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.33
Person " " breaking (by way of trespass— not feloniously) into a house1
Persons " " cheating and extortion3
" " " cheating by means of unlawful games5
Persons indicted for fomenting discords, quarrelling &c.2
Person " " forcible entry and disseisin1
" " " harbouring evil and suspected persons1
Persons " " keeping ale-houses without licence8
" " " keeping brothels5
" " " neglecting to aid in the repair of highways11
" " " not coming to church &c73
Person " " nuisance, in neglecting to scour a ditch1
Persons " " selling beer by defective measure4
" " " selling bread by short weight3
" " " selling coals and charcoals by defective measure2
Person " " taking away goods1
Persons " " vagabondage28
Also, Informations for supplying ale and beer to unlicensed ale-house-keepers &c. against thirty-seven brewers37
" " for ingrossing corn against1
Persons convicted of capital felonies87
" acquitted of " "96
Capital felons confessing indictments, two of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually13
" " pleading and having benefit of clergy31
" " sentenced to be hung—males 38, females 745
" " reprieved—before judgment 8, after judgment 311
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large33

(65.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 18 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for bigamy4
" " " burglary34
" " " fowl-stealing5
" " " horse-stealing14
" " " larceny110
" " " larceny with housebreaking9
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies41
" " " manslaughter8
" " " murder7
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing8
" " " pig-stealing4
" " " rape4
" " " sheep-stealing3
Persons indicted for capital felonies251
Persons convicted of petty larceny, all of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny30
Of these thirty culprits, twenty-eight were sentenced to be whipt.
Person administering poison with intention to murder1
Persons indicted for assault and battery63
" " " assault with sword &c.7
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty &c11
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.41
Person " " being drunk and disorderly1
" " " breaking into a close and cutting down fruit-trees1
Persons " " chasing and killing deer in Hyde Park2
" " " cheating with playing cards3
Person " " digging and cutting leaden water-conduits1
Persons " " extortion by making compositions for pretended offences7
" " " fomenting discords, quarrelling, inciting to breach of peace &c6
" " " keeping ale-houses without licence4
" " " keeping brothels33
" " " keeping disorderly houses, with unlawful games3
Public carrier indicted for loading four-wheel wains excessively and causing them when so laden to be drawn along the highways by teams of seven horses1
Persons indicted for not coming to church &c.110
Constables " " permitting their prisoners to escape4
Person " " polluting a neighbour's dwelling by causing filth to flow into it1
" " " receiving into his dwelling-house inmates alias subtenants1
Constable " " refusing to execute a warrant for whipping a man and a woman1
Persons " " selling bread by light weight7
" " " selling unwholesome flesh for human food2
Mainpernors " " suffering their prisoners to escape2
Persons " " taking away goods and chattels5
Sub-Bailiff of Duchy of Lancaster indicted for tampering with a warrant by erasing and substituting names, and then making false arrests and imprisonments by virtue of the same warrant1
Persons indicted for trespassing and taking fish3
" " " vagabondage21
Also, Informations against brewers for &c.16
Persons convicted of capital felonies81
" acquitted of " "121
Capital felons confessing indictments3
Culprits standing mute and sentenced to the "peine forte et dure"2
Capital felons pleading and having benefit of clergy24
Capital felons sentenced to be hung—males 36, female 541
" " reprieved—before judgment 15, after judgment 217
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large20

(66.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 19 JAMES I.

Persons indicted for burglary22
Person " " fowl-stealing1
" " " horse-stealing12
Persons " " larceny100
" " " larceny with housebreaking2
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies24
" " " manslaughter7
" " " murder4
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing3
" " " pig-stealing2
Person " " rape1
Persons " " sheep-stealing2
" " " witchcraft2
Persons indicted for capital felonies182
Persons convicted of petty larceny, twenty-four of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny25
Of these twenty-five culprits, twenty-four were sentenced to be whipt.
Persons indicted for assault and battery55
" " " assault with sword &c5
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty5
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.18
Person " " brawling in church5
Persons " " buying butter wholesale and selling it again neither in shop, nor fair, nor market2
" " " cheating and extortion7
" " " cheating by spurious Letters Testimonial and counterfcit passport4
" " " cheating by playing cards2
Person " " driving a wain and four horses over a man1
Persons " " following vocations without having been apprenticed to them4
" " " fomenting discords, quarrelling, inciting to breach of peace &c4
" " " frequenting a dicing-house and playing unlawful games3
" " " keeping ale-houses without licence10
Person indicted for keeping a bowling-alley1
Persons " " keeping brothels11
Person " " keeping a disorderly house, with unlawful games1
" " " keeping a ferocious dog under no sufficient control1
Persons " " not coming to church &c.51
" " " nuisance, in keeping swine offensively3
Person " " nuisance, in digging a cellar in a public way and leaving it without a fence1
" " " nuisance, in making a dung-hill in a public place1
A parish " " nuisance, in neglecting to repair a common sewer and privy1
Person " " nuisance, in neglecting to repair a public way1
" " " receiving inmates alias subtenants in his dwelling-house1
Persons " " selling bread by defective weight5
" " " selling goods by false weights2
" " " taking away goods and chattels3
Persons convicted of capital felonies59
" acquitted of " "104
Capital felons confessing indictments, four of them following up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually7
" " pleading and having benefit of clergy22
" " sentenced to be hung—males 29, females 231
" " reprieved before judgment 1, after judgment 34
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large12

(67.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 20 JAMES I.

Person indicted for arson1
" " " bigamy1
Persons " " burglary26
" " " coining false money2
" " " escaping from gaol2
" " " fowl-stealing
" " " horse-stealing
" " " larceny124
" " " larceny with housebreaking6
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies20
" " " manslaughter8
" " " murder4
" " " ox (cow &c.) stealing10
" " " pig-stealing2
" " " rape2
Persons indicted for sheep-stealing12
Person " " unnatural offence1
Persons indicted for capital felonies234
Persons convicted of petty larceny, thirty of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny34
Of these thirty-four culprits, thirty-two were sentenced to be whipt.
Persons indicted for assault and battery29
" " assault with sword2
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.9
" " " breaking (by way of trespass— not feloniously) into a house by night2
Person " " carrying a gun charged with powder on the highway1
" " " deserting service1
Constable " " failing to do his best to apprehend vagrants and bring them to punishment1
Person " " harbouring vagrants and suspected persons1
Persons " " keeping ale-houses without licence9
" " " keeping brothels6
" " " not coming to church &c.54
Person " " quarrelling and inciting to breach of peace1
Persons " " receiving into their dwelling-houses inmates alias subtenants31
" " " selling bread by defective weight6
Person " " trespassing and taking away goods1
Persons " " vagabondage5
Persons convicted of capital felonies67
" acquitted of " "91
Capital felons confessing indictments, two of whom followed up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually5
" " pleading and having benefit of clergy32
" " sentenced to be hung—males 27, females 229
" " reprieved—before judgment 2, after judgment 57
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large36

N.B.—In respect to a considerable number of persons indicted for capital felonies by the bills of this year, the clerical annotator of the documents gives no information further than that they "po se"=put themselves 'Not Guilty' on trial. For instance, save that they so put themselves on the country, nothing is told by the annotator of the twenty persons indicted for capital felonies at G. D., 30 May, 20 James I.

(68.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 21 JAMES I.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for burglary23
" " " horse-stealing16
" " " larceny110
" " " larceny with housebreaking6
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies13
Person " " murder1
Persons " " ox (cow &c.) stealing4
" " " pig-stealing10
Person " " sacrilege1
Persons " " sheep-stealing20
Persons indicted for capital felonies204
Persons convicted of petty larceny, fifteen of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny21
Of these twenty-one culprits, sixteen were sentenced to be whipt.
Persons indicted for assault and battery37
" " " assault with sword &c.5
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty &c.10
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.36
Person " " attempting to extort money by a threatening letter1
" " " breaking into a close and plucking up vines1
" " " cheating with playing cards1
Persons " " defrauding by breach of trust2
" " " extortion5
" " " fomenting quarrels, quarrelling &c.2
" " " forcible entry and disseisin13
" " " keeping ale-houses without licence6
" " " keeping brothels10
Person " " keeping a gaming-house1
" " " neglecting to keep watch1
Constables " " neglecting to do their best to bring vagrants to punishment &c.7
Persons " " neglecting to aid in repairing highways12
" " " not coming to church &c.68
Person " " nuisance, in building a "dogge-house" and putting "a laistall of dead horses" in the field called "Hockle in ye hole"1
" " " nuisance, in putting a dunghill in a highway1
" " " nuisance, in stopping a water-course1
" " " perjury, committed in the Court of Exchequer1
Persons " " receiving into their dwelling-houses inmates alias subtenants8
" " " selling ale and beer by defective measure5
" " " selling bread by defective weight3
" " " selling charcoal by defective measure2
Persons indicted for taking away (not feloniously, but by way of trespass) goods and chattels4
" " " vagabondage2
Also, Informations for following vocations without having served apprenticeships to them, against seven persons7
" " keeping a gambling-house, against one person1
" " ingrossing grain or cattle, against four persons4
" " supplying keepers of unlicensed ale-houses with ale and beer in excess of their lawful requirements, against five brewers5
Persons convicted of capital felonies90
" acquitted of " "85
Capital felons confessing indictments, ten of whom followed up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually13
" " pleading and having benefit of clergy37
" " sentenced to be hung—males 27, females 431
" " reprieved—before judgment 2, after judgment 13
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large24

N.B.—That the number of the convictions for capital felonies, enumerated in this account, exceeds so greatly the combined numbers of the allowances of clerical benefit, capital sentences and reprieves before judgment, is due to the negligence of the clerical annotator of the bills of indictment. Respecting twenty persons indicted for capital felonies at G. D., Dec, 21 James I., he only says "po se cul' ca' nul'" = put themselves 'Not Guilty,' were found 'Guilty,' and had no chattels; nothing being added to the incomplete memoranda to show whether they were branded, sentenced to be hung, or reprieved.

(69.) SUMMARY OF THE TRUE BILLS OF 22 JAMES I.

Number of Persons.
Persons indicted for bigamy2
" " " burglary37
" " " horse-stealing16
" " " larceny84
" " " larceny with housebreaking7
" " " larcenies from the person (done with secrecy or violence), including highway robberies15
Person " " manslaughter1
" " " murder1
Persons " " ox (cow &c.) stealing2
" " " pig-stealing2
" " " rape2
" " " sheep-stealing15
Persons indicted for capital felonies184
Persons convicted of petty larceny, seventeen of them being so convicted on indictments for grand larceny18

Of these eighteen culprits, sixteen were sentenced to be whipt. Five women, convicted of stealing to the value of nine shillings, were burnt in the hand, and delivered after having been so branded, in accordance with the recent statute, which accorded to women the benefit of their sex in respect to larcenies not exceeding the value of ten shillings.—In connection with this concession to the sex that might not plead benefit of clergy, it may be here remarked that the G. D. R. of 9 Feb., 9 James 1., preserves the curious bill of indictment for grand larceny, "Becon Neale nuper de London spinster," over whose name appears this clerical memorandum, "pe' li' non le' sus' = petit librum, non legit, suspendatur = she asks for the book; does not read it; be hung." The clerk was doubtless nodding when he thus put it on record that a woman pleaded her clergy, was allowed the book, and was sentenced to be hung because she failed to read it.

Number of Persons.
Person indicted for abducting and marrying an heiress under sixteen years of age1
Persons " " assault and battery48
" " " assault with sword3
" " " assaulting officers and hindering them in the execution of their duty &c.14
" " " assembling riotously and making riot &c.33
Person " " building a new cottage &c. without assigning and laying four acres of land to the same dwelling1
" " " defrauding by breach of trust1
" " " deserting service1
" " " drunkenness and disorderly conduct1
Persons " " extortion3
Person " " forcible entry and disseisin1
Persons " " keeping unlicensed ale-houses11
" " " keeping brothels32
" " " not coming to church &c.42
" " " nuisances, in putting laystalls, i.e. heaps of dung and other refuse on the highway2
Constable " " permitting his prisoner to escape1
Person " " quarrelling and inciting to breach of peace1
Persons " " receiving into their dwelling-houses inmates alias subtenants32
" " " seizing and taking away goods2
Person " " selling beer by defective measure1
" " " selling unwholesome flesh for human food1
" " " vagabondage1
Also, Informations for forestalling, against4
" " " buying and re-selling cattle against the form of a certain statute, against2
" " following vocations without having served apprenticeships to them, against56
" " ingrossing grain, against19
" " intermeddling in the execution of a process in a Court of Record, against1
Also, Informations for keeping a disorderly house, with cards and dice &c., against a licensed victualler1
" " keeping "gaming-houses," against five licensed victuallers5
" " killing, dressing and selling flesh in Lent, against thirteen butchers13
" " selling beer in forbidden measures and at prohibited rates, against thirty-three brewers33
" " shooting with a gun in violation of a certain statute, against1
" " supplying unlicensed ale-house-keepers with ale and beer in excess of their lawful requirements, against sixteen brewers16
" " usurious money-lending against1
Persons convicted of capital felonies70
" acquitted of " "70
Capital felons confessing indictments, five of whom followed up their confessions by pleading their clergy effectually6
" " pleading and having benefit of clergy43
" " sentenced to be hung—males 22, female 123
" " reprieved—before judgment 3, after judgment 58
Culprits (with indictments for capital felonies found against them) at large20