Glamorgan ss. The Presentment of the Grand Jury of our
Sovereign Lord the at the Great Sessions of the said County
Held at Cardiffe in the said County on Saturday the seventh day of
Aprill in the Twelv'th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord
George the Second by the Grace of God King of Great Brittain and
soeforth before Richard Carter and Henry Proctor Justices there.
The Jurors on their Oaths Present That the Room in the
Common Gaol for the County aforesaid in the Town of Cardiffe
aforesaid w[hi]ch hath usually been the Place for the Confinement of
Criminals is Insufficient for detaining such Prisoners That there is
another Room in the said Gaol commonly known by the name of the
Brewhouse w[hi]ch is a more Convenient Place for that Purpose but that
the same is out of Repair And that the same ought to be repair'd
at the Expence of the said County.
Wm Bennett Junr
Inquest taken 29 August 1738, at the house of Evan Jones in
the town of Llantrissent, before Evan Prichard, esq., Coroner, upon
view of the body of William James, late of the parish of Coychurch,
collier, then lying dead, found that the deceased going down by a
certain rope into a certain coal pit of Katherine Evan and Margaret
Phillip, of Llantrissent, widows, called Brun Cradock, in the parish
of Llantrissent, it so happened that the damp being then in the said
coal pit, suffocated the said William James; by which damp the said
William James instantly died.
Thomas Harris, labourer, confessed to burglariously stealing a
gold broad piece, a gold quarter-guinea, and some coppers, from
the dwellinghouse of Mary Jenkins at Cardiff. He had confessed the
theft to his relative, Edward Harris, of Monmouth, barber, who
restored the money to its owner. Edward Harris and Priscilla
his wife were bound over before Thomas Middleton, Mayor of
Monmouth, to give evidence.
"An Account or Schedule of the whole Estate debts Creditts and
Effects of John Evan now a Prisoner in His Ma'ty's Gaol for the
County of Glamorgan at the Suit of David Howell and Catherine his
wife for twenty nine pounds Sixteen shillings and eight pence
A debt of two pounds sixteen Shillings and Nine pence due to me
by Note of Hand from John Thomas of the parish of Llantrissant in
this County and Morgan Thomas of Aberdare in this County
Labourers bearing date the first day of August 1729. Wittnesses
to the same: Henry Treharne, Thomas Evan.
A debt of Nine Shillings and Six pence due from Evan Edward
John of the parish of Radir in this County being the Remr of a Sum
of Money due to me for sheep sold to him. Wittness to the same:
A debt of two pounds Eleven Shillings due to me from David
Morgan Esqr Wittnesses to the same: Mary Morgan, Willm
One old Welsh bible.
The whole duty of Man in Welsh. (fn. 1)
And a book in Welsh intituled The divine Poems of Mr. Rees
Prichard. (fn. 2)
Inquest taken 30 August 18 G. 2., at the house of Rees Howell
at Roath in the Hundred of Kibbor and County of Glamorgan, before
Evan Prichard, esq., Coroner, upon view of the body of Edward
Richard, labourer, found that the deceased, as he was going from
the dwelling-house of Thomas Brewer in the parish of Lanishen to
to his own dwelling-house in the parish of Lanedern, fell into a well
called ffunnon Vedw in the said parish of Lanedern and was
Inquest taken at the Guildhall in Cardiff, before the Bailiffs of
the said town. upon view of the body of James William late of the
parish of Little Bettus in the county of Carmarthen, labourer, found
that the deceased was drowned when washing in the river Taff at
Cardiff, on Sunday morning.
[N.B.—All documents are now in English.]
Thomas Van was indicted for stealing boards from the floors of
the Whitefriars, Cardiff, to build a slope-house in the town.
David Edwards, fording the Taff on horseback at Rhydylwad, on
the way from Caerphilly to his home in Radyr parish, was torn from
his horse by a flood and drowned.
Glamorgan to wit. The Jurors for our Sovereign Lord the
King upon their Oath present that David Jones late of the parish
of Llanvihangel y Vedw in the County of Glamorgan Labourer not
having the ffear of God before his Eyes but being moved and Seduced
by the Instigation of the Devil and not Regarding his Duty and
Allegiance to our Sovereign Lord George the Second now King of
Great Britain and so forth on the one and thirtyeth day of December
on the nineteenth Year of the reign of our Said Lord the now King at
the parish of Lanedern in the said County maliciously and Seditiously
and with a loud Voice did utter and Speak publish pronounce and
say in the hearing and presence of many of the Liege Subjects of our
said Lord the King the Treasonable and Seditious words ffollowing
that is to say) Make Room for King James's man (meaning that he
he said David Jones was a Servant to James who is stiled and
Commonly Called the Pretender to the Crown of our said Sovereign
Lord King George the Second) And that he the said David Jones
did afterwards (to wit) on the day and year aforesaid at Lanedern
aforesaid in the County aforesaid maliciously and Seditiously with
a Loud Voice utter speak publish pronounce and say other Treasonable and Seditious words (that is to say) God save King James
(meaning the said James the Pretender) with Intent to Seduce the
Liege Subjects of our said Sovereign Lord King George from their
allegiance towards our said Lord the King to the Interest and Service
of the said James the Pretender To the Evil Example of all others in
the like Case offending and against the Peace of our said Lord the
King his Crown and Dignity.
Coroner's Inquest found that Thomas James, aged ten years, late
of Ystradowen, was accidentally killed by a wheel in the mill there.
Also that Thomas Price, mariner, was accidentally drowned
while swimming in the river Taff near "Cardiff Key."
Coroner's Inquest taken at the house of John James at Landaff
in the Hundred of Kibbor and County of Glamorgan, upon view of
the body of Morgan Thomas late of the Parish of Landaff aforesaid,
labourer, found that the deceased was undermining a pine end of a
certain house in a field called Kaer ffirad (fn. 3) in the parish of Landaff,
when the said pine end fell suddenly on him and crushed him to
A Pembrokeshire cattle-stealer was said (as an evidence of his
bad character) to have offered twenty shillings to a servant of Mr.
Edmond Thomas of Saint Mellon's, "to see him have fair play at next
Whitchurch revell at Cards."
At the April Sessions a somewhat rare form of legal procedure
occurred at Cardiff, and we find a paper headed "Names of the Jury
of Matrons between our Lord the King and Catherine Llewelin
singlewoman to Inquire whether she be quick with Child or not."
Twelve matrons (wives and widows of tradesmen) were sworn,
including Catherine, the wife of Michael Brewer, perukemaker;
"Margarett the wife of Thomas Mossip of the 5 Bells," and "Frances
Lewis, Hall keepers wife." After the list of names comes the record:
"The Jury find that Catherin is quick with child." Execution of the
sentence of death was thereupon postponed until after the child's
birth. Such is the Law's careful guardianship of an innocent
human existence. The prisoner had stolen money and clothes at
Coroner's Inquest taken at the Guildhall of Cardiff, on view of the
body of Griffith Thomas late of Landaffe, labourer, found that,
"having lain himself down to sleep on the Verge of a certain LimeKiln near Blunts Gate in the said Town of Cardiff, he accidentally
fell into the said lime kiln then burning, whereby the said Griffith
Thomas was suffocated."
Glamorganshire. Dinas Powis Hundred. Coroner's Inquest
holden 26 June, on view of the body of James Okey, late of St.
Andrew's, labourer, found that the deceased "went a fishing to the
River Ely dividing the Parishes of Landoch juxta Pennarth in the
Hundred and County aforesaid, and being so fishing in the sd River
the Tide from the River Severn coming in into the said River Ely
where the sd James Okey was then fishing, overtook the sd James
Okey and drew him into the sd River Ely, where he the sd James
Okey was then and there drowned by the sd Water in the sd River
"Glamorgan to wit. To the Honourable his Majesty's Justices
of the Court of Grand Sessions for the Several County's of
Glamorgan Brecon and Radnor.
We Arthur Williams and George Watkins Esquires two of his
Majesty's Justices of the peace for the Town of Cardiffe in the said
County of Glamorgan Do Humbly Certifye unto your Lordshipps that
we Have viewed the Causeway in the common Highway in the
parish of St John the Baptist leading from the gate of a certain close
called Cae'r Vid, vol, to a certain place called Cat Hays which stands
presented in this Court to be ruinous and out of repair and the Cart
road or highway on the Eastern Side of the said causeway which
stands presented to be in a ruinous and dangerous Condition And
also the Cartway or common Highway on a certain place called the
Black wears in the said parish of St John aforesaid leading from the
said Town of Cardiffe to Cae'rphilly in the said County to be in
decay for want of repair and amendment and not of Sufficient Breadth
according to act of Parliament Have been severally sufficiently
repaired and amended and made of sufficient Breadth according to
act of Parliament By the Inhabitants of the said parish of St John
aforesaid So that his Majesty's Subjects may safely pass and repass
over the same with their horses and carriages Witness our hands
and Seals this twenty third day of August one Thousand Seven
Hundred and forty nine.
Arthur Williams [L.S.]
George Watkins [L.S.]
Note.—The above seals, in red wax, are impressed with these arms:—Per pale.
I. Three lioncels rampant; on a chief a bordure indented. II. A chevron between
three Saxon's heads couped. The arms on the dexter side are those of a junior
branch of Herbert; those on the sinister were borne by Watkins of Court Robert
The seal would seem to have been made for the joint use of these two Bailiffs, and, if
authoritative, the arms possess genealogical interest.
Glamorganshire. Kibbor Hundred. Coroner's Inquest taken
28 March in the dwellinghouse of Morgan Mathew, of the parish
of Lanishen in the said County, innkeeper, on view of the body
of William Llewelyn, found that the deceased, on the 6th day of
December last, went into a certain field called Dwy Erw Coed, in
the parish of Roath, and having made a fire in a hollow oak, the
burnt tree fell and crushed him.
Cardiff Town. Coroner's Inquest on view of the body of
Christian Lewis, late of the parish of Saint John Baptist in the
said town, widow, found that the deceased met her death by falling
into the privy at the King David, in the said town of Cardiff.
Cardiff Town. Coroner's Inquest taken 30 August, on view of
the body of Robert Tanner, late of Cardiff, an infant, found that the
deceased, on or about the 11th April last, being at a certain place
adjoining to the river Taff, called the Gollyate, otherwise Gollgate, in
the said town, accidentally fell into the said river and was suffocated.
[The Bailiffs, Edmund Lloyd and John Okey, seal with the beforementioned seal of the former Bailiffs, Arthur Williams and George
Watkins. One seal in this instance stands for both signatories.]
William Lewis, Bailiff of Kibbor, and his colleagues of the
Hundreds of Dinaspowis, Caerphilly, Miskin and Cowbridge, have
the word "fined" set against their names on the Roll of Officers.
From the Deposition of a witness in an unimportant case, we
incidentally learn that there was a "sawpit in the Castle Court of
Cardiff Town. Coroner's Inquest taken 4 August 1752 at the
Guildhall in the said town, on view of the body of John Lewis, an
infant, found that the deceased, walking in a certain close called the
Dumball, situated in Cardiff aforesaid, was surrounded by the flowing
or coming in of the tide, and, in order to avoid the same, did
endeavour to wade through a ditch adjoining to the said Dumball
Close; in which ditch the said John Lewis fell, and was then and
In this Bundle are several Indictments of persons for pillaging
a wreck called the "Indian Prince," on the coast of Llantwit Major,
and stealing therefrom ivory, ebony, &c.
The Jury present the highway leading from Velindre in the
parish of Whitchurch towards the house of Thomas Morgan (called
late Mr. Howard's) in the parish of Raddyr, to be out of repair;
and that it ought to be repaired by the County.
Coroner's Inquest on the body of David John found that the
deceased coming on horseback, on Saturday night the 17th October
last, from the town of Cardiff to the place of his abode in the parish
of Pendoylan, at or near Cardiff Bridge on the river Taff, the tide
and flood being there, was overpowered by the waters and carried
down the said river to the Severn; and afterwards, in twelve days,
was found drowned on the rocks in a certain place called Sully.
The Bundle contains several sheets of the Depositions of
Witnesses in a matter wherein William Rosser was charged with
picking the pocket of George Griffiths, of Lanedarn, labourer, at the
house of one John Rees, victualler, in the parish of Lanishen. The
prosecutor deposes that he went in company with the prisoner to the
said inn, "and there they both drank freely till this Examinant was
Drunk; upon which this Examinant went to bed and left the sd
William Rosser by himself a drinking. And when this Examinant
went into bed he did put his breeches under his Head; and when
he, this Examinant, awoke next morning, he found his breeches
on the Chamber floor—which gave this Examinant a suspicion
that somebody or other had picked his pocket of his money.
Upon which he did putt his hand in his pockett (in which he had
Two and Twenty shillings and sixpence), and found that he had lost
Eight shillings and Six pence. Whereupon this Examinant asked
the sd John Rees and his wife who it was that was in bed with him,
and they sd there was not anyone in bed with him. Whereupon a
woman whose name is Mary David told this Examinant that she saw
the person in the red Wastcoate (meaning the sd William Rosser),
which Came with this Examinant into the sd House and was Drinking with him, Come up into the sd Chamber where this Examint was
in bed, at two several times, with a Lighted Candle in his hand each
John David, of Lanishen, labourer, deposed that he was Petty
Constable of that parish in the year 1751, and was called to arrest
accused. "The Company then present told the sd William Rosser:
Here is the Constable comed, and thou art sure to go to Cardiffe
(meaning the Gaol). Whereupon the said William Rosser jumped
off the table whereon he was sitting, and ran away." He was
captured and taken before Thomas Lewis, Esqre of Llanishen, a
magistrate; "but the sd Justice ordered this Examinant to go back
and send the person whose pocket was picked, to have a warrant;
but upon this Examints return the sd Wm Rosser was Gone off, and
further this Examint saith not."
For stealing seven pounds of Scotch snuff from a shop at
Swansea, Jane the wife of John Morgan was sentenced to be
Moses David alias Morgan, of Roath, labourer, was sentenced to
transportation for stealing from the house of Martha Lewellin, at
Roath, some handkerchieves and penknives.
The Depositions re Evan Evans, of Wenvoe, charged with horsestealing, contain several points of interest. Thus the Examination of
Thomas Saunders, of the parish of Almondsbury in the county of
Gloucester, labourer, taken on oath 21 November 1753 before
Michael Richards, Esq., J.P., at Cardiff, states that the Examinant
"came to the New Passage on Sunday the fourth Day of this Inst
November, with an Intention of Coming over into Wales to Caerphilly Fair in Glamorganshire; but hearing at the sd passage that the
sd fair was to be held the old stile, (fn. 4) he, this Examinant, did not go
over; but upon his seeing a boate Coming over from the Welsh side,
he this Examinant did stay at the sd passage till the sd boate Came
over, in order to be better satisfied as to the Certainty of the said
fair. And when the sd boate Came over, this Examinant did see no
passenger in the sd boate but the prisoner, Evan Evans, whom this
Examinant did see since in Cardiffe Gaole."
Edward Sant, of Nowle, near Bristol, in the County of Somerset,
proprietor of a public house there called the Man in the Moon, was
persuaded by the prisoner to purchase two horses.
Evan Evans, the prisoner, in his Confession declares that
Edward Sant desired him to steal a horse from Glamorganshire,
and that he accordingly stole a black mare out of a field near
Cardiff, and rode her to Nowle. There he delivered her to the
said Sant, who afterwards sold the said mare at Pensford fair in
Prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to transportation.
Cardiff Town. Inquest taken at the Guildhall there, 17 Augt
1753, on view of the body of Elizabeth Evans, late of the said town
of Cardiff, spinster, found that the deceased, being on the 27th day of
April last standing on the side of the river Taff, near the Quay of
the said town, to wash some clothes, accidentally fell into the river
and was drowned.
In this Bundle is an Inquest on the body of Mary Morgan,
killed by a fall of coal in a mine at Merthyr Tydfil.
Inquest on the body of Nicholas Meyrick, found that the
deceased accidentally fell into a certain well near the East Gate in
the Town of Cardiff, situate in the parish of Saint John the Baptist,
and was drowned.
The Jury present that Thomas Jones, of Cardiff, baker, and
others, have unlawfully erected "in the common and publick street
there called Saint Mary's Street, otherwise Saint Mary's parish (fn. 5) (the
same street being the King's common highway, from the time whereof
the memory of man is not to the contrary)," a certain edifice whereby
the said street is obstructed. The Prosecutor was Michael Richards,
Esq., and the Witnesses were the same gentleman and Thomas
Alban. The Presentment is endorsed "No true Bill."
Alice, wife of Thomas Van, of Cardiff, victualler, was convicted
of stealing four gold guineas. She was sentenced "To be hanged
by the neck," but these words at foot of the Indictment have been
struck through with the pen.
Glamorganshire. Coroner's Inquest taken at the dwellinghouse
of Philip David, innkeeper, situate in the City of Llandaff, on 30
September 1754, on view of the body of Thomas Prees late of the
City of Llandaff, aforesaid, labourer, found that the deceased, on the
25th day of August then last past, in a certain close within the said
City, commonly called the Hannereg, died naturally.
Glamorgan, to wit Cardiff Town. William Prichard, of Cardiff,
labourer, was charged with breaking and entering the house of
Henry Durbrow, at Cardiff aforesaid, called the New Angel, and
stealing therefrom four gallons of wine called Tent.
The Jury present a number of men and a woman for riotously
assembling and destroying the thatch and roof of a certain dwellinghouse in the parish of Eglwysilan, the property of one Hopkin
Popkin, otherwise Jones.
Glamorganshire, to wit. Coroner's Inquest taken at Eglwysilan,
on view of the body of Morgan Rees, late of the parish of Bedwas,
labourer, found that the deceased, by attempting to swim a horse in
a certain pool of water called Pwll-Tro in the river Rumney below
Bedwas bridge, in the hamlet of Vann, was accidentally "drownded."
John David, of Saint Andrew's, was indicted for stealing from
William James, of Cardiff, victualler, the following useful assortment
of goods: One large wallet, two shoulders and one rack of veal, one
pair of calves' feet, 2¾ yards of woollen cloth, two yards of cheese
cloth, and two yards of coarse linen cloth. The Jury were kind
enough to find the prisoner "guilty to 10d. value" only.
Josiah Hugh signs (with his mark) a written confession of his
murder of Mary Rees, at Penmark. He felled her with a stick, as
she was coming from milking the sheep, and then strangled her.
He had cherished an unrequited passion for the unfortunate girl.
Having pleaded guilty at the trial, the prisoner was sentenced "To
be hanged by the Neck and afterwards in Chains."
Glamorganshire, to wit. Coroner's Inquest taken at the house
of Lewis Leyson, innkeeper, in the parish of Lanishan in the county
aforesaid, 6 October 1755, before William Gibbon, Coroner, on view
of the body of David Rees, found that the deceased, in a certain lane
called Hewl hîr in the parish of Lanishan, as he was riding upon a
horse before a wagon and oxen, and attempting to turn into a gate,
fell down from his horse and was killed.
Coroner's Inquest held at Caerphilly found that David Griffith,
late of the parish of Ryddry in the county of Glamorgan, in a certain
close or parcel of land in the hamlet of Vann in the parish of Bedwas
in the said county, commonly called Coetca Poset, died naturally and
Jurors present the highway leading from the Black Wear to the
Great Heath, Cardiff, to be very ruinous and out of repair; and that
the same ought to be repaired by the inhabitants of St. John's
That the bearer of such a name as Christopher Turberville should
be a labourer, is nothing unprecedented in the annals of genealogy;
but that the name should be borne by a highwayman is startling.
Yet Christopher Turberville of Aberavon, labourer, was found guilty
of highway robbery, or, as the Indictment words it, for that he (and
another man) at the parish of Baglan, with force and arms of and
from one James Carson (and another person) did demand money
with divers menaces, using these Welsh words: "Sefwch, God
dammoch chwi, efe ceiswch arian chwi" (fn. 6) —in English: Stand, God
damn you, I want your money!
Inquest on the body of Anthony Fabian, late of Caira in the
county of Glamorgan, labourer, found that the deceased, in a close
called Morva bach in the parish of Landaff, died naturally.
Moses Harry Simon, of Mynyddislwyn, deposed that he lost, out
of a closet in his house, one gold ring and one gold signet, which
were on a small pewter plate in the said closet; and that when he
found the said rings missing, he suspected one Elizabeth William,
who was a servant with him and whom he had given leave to go to
Caerphilly fair on Saturday last, to have stolen the same. And as
she did not return that night, he pursued her and came to a place
called the Long Cross in the parish of Roath; and in the house of
one Miles Morgan there he found the said Elizabeth William, who
at length confessed having stolen the rings and also one quilt
petticoat, black stuff one side and blue stuff the other; one lightcoloured camlet gown, "pretty much wore," and one blue and white
Coroner's Inquest taken at Newmill in the parish of Lantrissent,
on view of the body of Friswith Leonard, infant, found that the
deceased, as she was passing by a wheel belonging to the new
works in the parish of Pentirch, went to play with the said wheel;
which took her by the clothes under it, and accidentally killed her.
Coroner's Inquest at Cardiff, on view of the body of Edmund
fflaharty, found that several sailors of the crew belonging to the
ship called the Eagle Galley of Bristol, armed with pikes, swords,
cutlasses, pistols and muskets, had in a street in the said town of
Cardiff, called Homanby Street, an affray with the crew of the
Aldbrough man-of-war, who were similarly armed, and that several
pistols and guns were fired, and several blows & wounds given; and
that the deceased was then shot by a person unknown.
William Thomas was drowned while riding from Barry Island
across to Cadoxton.
Two persons were drowned in crossing the Taff at Llynfraith,
Whitchurch, in a boat.
A milkmaid was tossed over a hedge by a bull, and killed, at
Croft Castle Gwibley, Leckwith.
Inquest on the body of John Thomas, of Cardiff, fisherman,
found that he was accidentally drowned while fishing in the river
Taff in the town of Cardiff.
Inquest on the body of John Hugh, of Llantrissent, miner, found
that he was accidentally killed by a fall of earth, when he was working in a pit of "led oar" in a field called Ddrys-Syog in the parish
Inquest on the body of Edward John, of Cardiff, forgeman,
found that he was accidentally killed at the forge in the same town,
by receiving a blow on his head from a portion of the machinery.
Inquest on the body of Elizabeth Richards, of Llantrissent,
spinster, found that she died naturally, in a field called Gwain y
Kinkod, in the parish of Llantrissent.
Inquest on the body of Morgan David, of St Andrew's, blacksmith, found that he, at Dinas Powis in the parish of St Andrew's,
was driving a mare, the property of Harry Morgan, of the parish of
Barry, labourer, to a place near the deceased's smith shop, when she
kicked him in his belly; of which kick the said Morgan David
Inquest on the body of George Evans, of Rumney, yeoman,
found that he died naturally, on his way from Cardiff to Roath.
Glamorganshire (to Witt). We the Jurors sworn to enquire for
our Sovereign Lord the King and the Body of the said County do
upon our oath Present that from the time whereof the memory of
man is not to the contrary there was and yet is a certain common and
antient King's high way leading from the Village of Pentirch in the
said County of Glamorgan towards and unto the Town of Cardiff in
the said County used for all the liege subjects of our said Lord the
King and his predecessors with their horses coaches carts and
carriages to go return pass ride and labour at their will and pleasure
And that a certain part of the same King's Common Highway
between a certain house called the Alms house and a certain
dwelling house called Kae Keven situate lying and being in the
Parish of Pentirch aforesaid in the County aforesaid containing in
length one hundred yards and in breadth five yards on the second
day of March in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord
George the Third now King of Great Britain &c; and continually
afterwards untill the day of the taking of this Inquisition at the said
Parish of Pentirch in the County aforesaid was and yet is very
ruinous miry deep broken and in such decay for want of due
reparation and amendment of the same so [sic] that the liege
subjects of our said Lord the King through the same way with
their horses coaches carts and carriages could not during the time
aforesaid nor yet can go return pass ride and labour without great
danger of their lives and the loss of their goods To the great damage
and common nuisance of all the liege subjects of our said Lord the
King through the same way going returning passing riding and
labouring and against the Peace of our said Lord the King his
Crown and Dignity And that the said Inhabitants of the Parish
of Pentirch aforesaid in the County aforesaid the Common Highway
aforesaid so being in decay as aforesaid ought to repair and amend
when and so often as it shall be necessary.
Prosecutor: Richd Priest. Witness: Saml
Woodhouse Sworn in Court.
[The words "No True Bill" are added in pencil, and the face of
the document is crossed in ink.]
"No True Bill" against Lionel Stibbs, of Neath, innholder,
for murdering Thomas Hill, of Neath, collier, by stabbing him at
Neath aforesaid. [N.B.—Lionel Stibbs belonged to a well-known
John Watkin, of Landaff, charcoal carrier, indicted for clandestinely taking and riding away one brown gelding, with a bridle and
saddle, with intent to steal the same.
Katherine Watkin, of the parish of Lantrishint, indicted for
stealing a dun mare.
Inquest on the body of John Powell, of the parish of St Mary,
Cardiff, aged about 12 years, found that he died naturally in a certain
close or parcel of land within the parish of Saint Mary, Cardiff,
commonly called Taff's Mead.
Coroner's Inquest held at Cardiff Guildhall, 23 December 1762,
on view of the body of Elizabeth Jones, late of Cardiff, widow; upon
the oaths of Thomas Stibbs, Jacob Thomas, Anthony ffell, Thomas
Estons, William Bird, William Stone, Richard Driver, William Lacy,
William Morgan, Lewis Evan, William James, Robert Jones and
Richard Hopkin, honest and lawful men of the said Town of Cardif,
found that the deceased, coming from the house of Arthur Tanner
in the said Town of Cardiff, towards her dwelling-house, it being
then dark, and going too near a certain stream of water called the
Millpond, in the said Town of Cardiff, accidentally fell into the
said stream and was then and there suffocated.
|Coroners of the |
Town of Cardiff.
Inquest taken at the house of John John, in the parish of
Penarth in the county of Glamorgan, on view of the body of William
John, late of the said parish, labourer, found that the deceased, as he
was returning home from Cardiff Fair, was surrounded by the tide
and accidentally drowned.
Inquest taken at the house of William Richards in the parish
of Michaelston-upon-Eley in the county of Glamorgan, on view of
the body of Mary William, late of the parish of Landough-juxtaPenarth in the said county, spinster, found that the deceased, as
she was returning home from Cardiff Market and endeavouring
to go along Leckwith Causeway, was surrounded by the tide and
Inquest was taken on the body of an unknown person found
dead in a barn called Skybbor y Burtway (fn. 7) , in the parish of Saint
Nicholas in the County of Glamorgan.
John William was indicted for feloniously altering the ear marks
of a certain white-horned ewe sheep, the property of Owen Punner,
Glamorgan (to Witt). The Jurors of our Lord the King upon
their oath Present that on the first day of May in the first year of the
reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third now King of Great
Brittain and so forth a certain person to the Jurors unknown did
with force and arms at the Parish of Whitchurch in the County of
Glamorgan erect and build a certain Cottage for habitation and
dwelling of himself and family in a certain place there called Mynidd
Buchan otherwise the Great Heath otherwise the Michell Heath
otherwise Cardiff Heath otherwise the Town Heath to which cottage
the said person did not assign and lay out four acres of ground to
be continually occupied and manured therewith so long as the said
cottage should be inhabited And that Jenkin Richard late of
Whitchurch in the County of Glamorgan aforesaid the said cottage
so as aforesaid erected for habitation and dwelling unlawfully and
willingly did uphold maintain and continue from the first day of June
in the first year of the reign of our said Sovereign Lord the now
King untill the first day of August in the third year of the reign of
our said Sovereign Lord the now King To which same cottage the
said Jenkin Richard did not assign and lay out four acres of ground
to be used and occupyed with the same as aforesaid Against the
form of the statute in that case made and provided and against the
Peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and dignity.
Witnesses: Thomas Edwards, David Lewis
Sworn in Court.
"No True Bill."
1 August, 1763.
Appointment under the hand and seal of Richard Cope Hopton,
Esquire, His Majesty's Attorney General for the several counties of
Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor, of William Jephson, of the Middle
Temple, London, Esquire, Counsel learned in the Law, to be his
Deputy in the said office. Witnessed by Samuel Grove and Thomas
Inquest taken at the village of St. Bride's-super-Ely in the county
of Glamorgan, on the body of William Gyles, an infant, found that the
deceased having thrown down a hive of bees, the said bees fastened
upon him and stung him in his head and neck; which occasioned
strong convulsive fits, by which he died.
William James, of Penmark, was found to have died through
drinking a great quantity of water and striving to leap afterwards,
thereby bursting a vessel in his body.
A long Presentment by the Grand Jury of the County, to the
effect that one Joan Cox, wife of Lewis Cox, of the parish of Roath,
labourer, supplied an iron bar to the prisoners in the County Gaol at
Cardiff (one of whom was her husband); whereby the said prisoners
were enabled to escape out of the custody of the Gaol Keeper,
Thomas Lewis. She was found guilty by the Petty Jury. Cox
was in prison for burglary at the shop of Evan David, of the parish
of saint John Baptist, Cardiff, whence he stole eight Winchester
bushels of wheat.
County of Glamorgan. The Information of Harry Thos John,
of the Parish of Roath in the said County, Farmer, taken before me
one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace in and for the said County.
The said Informant on his Oath saith, that one Evan David of the
parish of St John Baptist, Farmer, and David John, Petty Constable
in the Parish of Roath and County aforesaid, requested him to aid
and assist them the said Evan David and David John to search the
Dwelling House of Lewis Cox now Pris'nor in his Majesties County
Gaoll in the Town of Cardiff in the sd County of Glamorgan and
found in the said Lewis Cox's House 6 Winchester Bushells and a
half of wheat which the above Evan David claim'd as his property—
and the sd Examinant told the said Lewis Cox's Wife she knew of
the stealth of the said wheat. She the said Cox's Wife told the sd
Examinant that she Often told her husband that by doing such
things he would be Punish'd—upon which her Husband took a
Large stik and swore if she mention'd more abt the said wheat he
would slitt her in too, and further saith not. Taken before [me] the
23d of Nr 1763.
Inquest held at Cardiff Guildhall, on view of the body of
Thomas William, late of the parish of Penarth, yeoman, on the
oaths of Richard Driver, Charles Stibbs, ffeelix ffox, John Martin,
David Llewellin, John James, John King, David Jones, Thomas
Waters, John Lewis, Thomas Evans, John Bird and Roger Jones,
found that the deceased, going down the river Taff in the boat of
our Sovereign Lord the King,1 from the quay of Cardiff towards
Penarth, the weather then being very tempestuous, the said boat, by
a sudden squall or gust of wind was then overset; by means whereof
the said Thomas William was then and there accidentally, casually
and by misfortune thrown out of the said boat into the said river
Taff, and in the waters thereof was then and there suffocated and
Inquest on the body of John Hill, found that the deceased,
being in a certain coal pit called Branch Pitt in the parish of Neath,
and having been there for some time with other persons drinking
of ale till he was somewhat intoxicated, did require himself to be
winded up to the upper part of the said pit; and having fixed his
left foot, as usual, to the gin rope and chain, was winded up to the
collar board of the said pit by the landing place; and having also
brought up in his arms two gallon "caggs," did, whilst his foot was
in the rope and chain, throw out of his hands the said caggs, and
being still intoxicated, instantly on such throw fell backwards,
disentangled his foot out of the chain and rope, and fell down to
the bottom of the said pit, about 52 yards deep; by which fall he
shattered himself in such a manner that he instantly died.