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Monday, August 07, 2006

Sentenced to death for burglary

From the proceedings at the Old Bailey 11th January 1717:
William Tittle , of Marybone, was indicted for breaking the House of William Taswell in the Night time on the 16th of December last, and stealing thence a stuff Ridinghood value 12 s. and other Goods . The Prosecutor's Wife deposed, That her House was broke open, and the Goods stoln. The Watchman deposed, he seeing the Prisoner have the Goods suspected him, and upon Examination he own'd where he had stoln them. The Prisoner had little to say in his Defence. The Jury therefore brought him in Guilty of the Indictment.
He was sentenced to death. However we are assured that many, in fact most, death sentences at this time were not carried out. Through benefit of clergy, use of pardons, and respited sentences due to pregnancy or in order to perform military or naval duty, many of those sentenced to death were not actually executed. Since these mitigations often took place after the Proceedings were published, this information is usually not included in the trial texts, though it sometimes can be found in the texts for subsequent sessions.


  • At 10/2/07 4:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Could this be the same William Tittle who was a convict sent to America in 1718?


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