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                                                                  The Proceedings of the Old Bailey


    Francis Buckley, breaking the peace : vagabonding, 28th August, 1695.


• Crime(s): breaking the peace : vagabonding,

• Punishment Type: death,

    (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)

• Verdict: Guilty,

• Other trials on 28 Aug 1695

• Name search for: Francis Buckley,

• Defendant's Home: St. Mary Islington

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Francis Buckley of the Parish of St. Mary Islington, was likewise Indicted for Felony, for that he being above the Age of 14 years, was seen to wander up and down from the 10th of June to the 12th following, calling and counterfeiting himself to be an Egyptian . The Evidence for the King was very positive, that they did hear him say he was an Egyptian, and king of the Egyptians. He was taken in a Barn, at Hampstead, covered over with Straw, and two Egyptian Women sitting upon him; and they being made to rise, they discovered his Legs, and so pulled him out of the Straw. There was found upon him a Pistol, with a Scinsteer.

 He had a Mare likewise hard by that was worth 20l. The Prisoner had little to say, but that he never declared he was an Egyptian. The Evidence fully proving it against him, he was found guilty of Felony.


1. Francis Buckley, defendant in trial of in Francis Buckley, breaking the peace : vagabonding, 28th August, 1695.

Francis Buckley of the Parish of St. Mary Islington, was likewise Indicted for Felony, for that he

2. Francis Buckley, mentioned in passing in Punishment summary from The Old Bailey Proceedings, 6th July, 1748.

The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows. Received sentence of Transportation for 14 years, 1.

3. Francis Buckley, defendant in trial of in Francis Buckley, theft : simple grand larceny, 6th July, 1748.

340. Francis Buckley , was indicted for stealing a coat, value 10 s. a jac


Original Text:

Jacob Rewbrey, alias King of the Gypsies of the Parish of St. Margets Westminster, was Indicted for Robbing one Rebecca Sellers  near the High way, and taking from her 3 Gold-rings, and 9 s. in Money , on the 20th of January, in the 11th Year of the King's Reign: It appeared that he juggled her out of it. The Jury found him Guilty of Felony, and not of the Robbery


WILLIAM LAMB . I am a salesman of Smithfield market, my ass was on Ealing-common; she had just foaled. I and my son were going to market on the morning of Friday the 2nd of June, and when we had got upon the Common, we perceived the young donkey making a great noise, it was three weeks and some days old. We could not see the mother, and my son remarked that she would not have left the foal of her own accord, and he thought somebody must have taken her. When we got to Notting-gate, we enquired of the gate-keeper if such a thing had gone through the gate, and he told us that two gypsies, one a tall man, and the other a short one, had gone towards London, with two asses. We went on to Tyburn, and there we made the same enquiries, and received similar answers; I directly came home, and sent my son to market, and told young master Atlee when I got down what was become of my ass, and told him his was gone also; he immediately set out for London.

WILLIAM A.T. LEE . I had a female donkey, which I lost off the Common. In consequence of some information which I received from Mr. Lamb, I went up to Smithfield market; I walked about three hours, without seeing my donkey; I was at last taking the last walk round the market, when I saw my ass, and Mr. Lamb's together, and the prisoners near them. I immediately went for an officer, who took them into custody.

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I am an officer. About four o'clock in the afternoon, of Friday, the 2nd of June, the last witness came up to me as I was standing in the market, and asked me to inform him where he could get an officer. He told me two gypsies had stolen two donkies off Ealing-common. I asked him if he knew the donkies; he told me, be did; that one was his, and the other belonged to Mr. Lamb. I immediately fetched two brother officers, who went with me where the boy directed us to. I asked the gypsies if the donkies were their property; they told me they were. A scuffle ensued, and they were taken into custody.

WILLIAM GREY . I am an officer. I went with Taylor and Smith to apprehend two gypsies, who had stolen a couple of donkies. I asked them where they got them, and they told me they bought them at Edgeware.

JOHN SMITH . I was the first man who laid hold of the two prisoners; I was with Grey and Taylor. I was in my apron, and I was not suspected to be an officer. I asked the tallest man, who the donkies belonged to; he said, that they were his. I asked him if he would sell one; he replied, he would: would I buy one? With that I caught hold of him by the collar. The other gypseyman struck at Grey, but missed him, and hit another man, who fell on his face. A scuffle immediately ensued, and at length, after considerable resistance, both the prisoners were secured.

Smith's Defence. I was coming from Edgeware that morning, and I met a man with the two donkies; he asked me if I wanted to buy them, and I told him I did. I bought the donkies and I got my little couzen here to help me to get them to London. If I had known that they were stolen, I would not have bought them.


See original Lovell's Defence. I know nothing about these donkies, any more than that my cousin here, asked me to help him to drive them up to London, and I did.

SMITH, GUILTY , aged 24.

LOVELL, GUILTY , aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury,


Quarter Session Extracts


  FILE - Sessions 1803 Midsummer - ref.  1/1/572  - date: 1803

  item: Midsummer 1803: Information & complaint of John Sharp, Churchill, miller: a pair of tame ducks were killed & taken away by   two gipsies - found in possession of the Boswells. - ref.  1/1/572/47 [n.d.]



  FILE  [no title] - ref.  705:273/4442/4/ii  - date: 1889 - 1890

  6 copies of the Evesham Journal in which are reports of the arrest, trial and conviction of Joseph and Samuel Boswell and          Alfred Hill and the execution of the two former at Worcester for the murder of Frederick Stephens, gamekeeper, at Lenchwick .


FILE - 1817 [no ref. or date] ref.  QSR/23/1817/233 [n.d.]

  [from Scope and Content] Examinations and Depositions: Information of William Dennis, Sharnbrook. He was going to Odell and stopped at the Six Bells in Felmersham for a mug of beer. There was a party of gipsies in the house who after some time became troublesome "for they had proceeded to throw the Beer at one another & to break Glasses & Mugs - because they were refused to have any more Beer drawn" he was asked by Ann Hulet, who had been left in charge, to assist in getting them out. During the ensuing disturbance the mistress of the house came home and alarmed at the disorder, requested him to get the women of the party outside. While he was endeavouring to do this Plato Smith assaulted him in the yard "with an intent to bring the Women back into the House". Deposition of James Brown, Constable of Felmersham who tried to disperse the gipsies but "Plato Smith and his Sister Jane were so very disorderly abusive & refractory that he thought it his Duty to secure them & bring them to Justice".Creator(s):Church of England, Hawkhurst Parish, Kent


Bruges: Semi-offical and Local papers

 FILE  [no title] - ref.  3238/59  - date: 1801

 Record of a conviction before the Assizes of Joshua Scamp for horse theft in Steeple Ashton endorsed with an assignment John Marsh the victim and captor of Scamp of his 'Tyburn Ticket' to Thomas Bruges. Scamp was a gypsy whose grave in Odstock became a place of pilgrimage to travelling people because of his fortitude in protecting his son-in-law, the actual thief


FILE - Epiphany Sessions 1794 - ref.  QS2/6/1794/Eph/  - date: 1794

item: Information and examination: George Smith, examined as a rogue and vagabond, before a justice at Ripley, said he was born in Ogborne, Wiltshire, was removed with his family to Great Bedding in Wiltshire, and then came to West Horsley where he was tied to James Smith until, after a disagreement, he left and moved around the country as a pedlar - ref.  QS2/6/1794/Eph/77  - date: 1794


FILE - QUARTER SESSIONS BOXED PAPERS - ref.  HCP/1/11  - date: 1826 - 1827

[no title or ref.] - date: 1826

 Conviction Before J.P.: Angela Smith, wife of William Smith, a gipsy, convicted under the 1824 Act (Rogues & Vagabonds) for playing at Somersham "with a Tube or Instrument of Gaming called an E.O. Table at a game or pretended Game of Chance called 'E.O.'" Sent to House of Correction for 7 days' hard labour.


Hilary Quarter Sessions 1886

 FILE - Summary Conviction - ref.  WQ/S/1886/H/24  - date: 1885 Dec. 16

Of Benjamin Woods, late of parish Amlwch, gipsy, at Llangefni, for vagrancy. Imprisoned at H.M.P. Carnarvon for 14 days hard labour.


  Michaelmas Quarter Sessions 1886

  FILE - Summary Conviction - ref.  WQ/S/1886/M/399  - date: 1886 Aug. 16

 Of Henry Boswell, Cerrigceinwen, parish Cerrigceinwen, gipsy, at Llangefni for letting his horse and pony stray on a highway. Ordered to pay 1/- plus 10/- costs or be imprisoned at H.M.P. Carnarvon for 14 days.


 William  Stanley (Romani) born 1796 sentenced at Hampshire for horse theft and transported to Australia as a convict.


At Salisbury Assizes [Joseph Cole, for dealing aquantity of fancy waistcoats from John Anstie,Ffq. of Devizes, and William Broadway, for stealing a box containing three gold rings, three silver table-spoons, and others? the propertyof Mary Sparrow, of Charlton, were found guilty, and received sentence of death.

1791-08-17 Middlesex

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