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1802 29 May Saturday Ipswich Journal

CHELMSFORD, May 28 – Tuesday last, JAMES LEE, LYDIA LEE, and ANGELETTA LOVELL, all gypsies, and the last-mentioned nearly 80 years of age, belonging to the Nottinghamshire gang, were committed to the House of Correction here, by J. TYRELL Esq, as rogues and vagabonds.


1811 Saturday, 26 January Ipswich Journal

A few days ago was married, being the fourth time, at Norton, near Gaulby, Leicestershire, LAWRENCE WINSOR, a celebrated fiddler and travelling brazier, and formerly noted as the leader of a gang of gypsies, aged 86 years, to JOHANNA SKELTON, of Coaton-in-the-Elms,aged 22.


1812 Monday, 13 April Hampshire Telegraph 

ADAM and THOMAS LEE, two of the gypsies who were tried last week at Kingston Assizes, for highway robbery, and found guilty, along with WILLIAM SEWELL, for cutting and maiming his sister and brother-in-law, ordered for execution on Monday next, at Horsemonger-Lane. A most affecting scene took place on Saturday evening between Thomas LEE and his wife, on their return from Kingston – she being also an accomplice in the robbery and transported for life. Previous to their being conducted to their separate cells, they took a final leave of each other; and the wretched criminal, the husband, in a most affecting and agitating manner, alternately embraced his wife, and little infant, which she had in her arms.


1812 -04-07 London Middlesex

Adam & Thomas Lee 2 gypsies of the gypsies who were tried last week at Kingston Assizes for Highway robbery and found guilty are along with William Small for cutting and maiming his sister and brother in law ordered for execution

on Monday next at Horse-monger's lane.

A most affecting scene took place on Saturday evening between Thomas lee and his wife on their return from Kingston- she being also accomplice and to be transported for life.

Previous to their being conducted to their separate cells they took a final leave of each other and the wretched criminal the husband in a most affectionate and agitated manner alternately embraced his wife and little infant which she held in her arms


1815 Saturday, 18 February Ipswich Journal

A gang of twelve vagabonds, consisting of three males and nine females, strolling about the country as gypsies, have been apprehended at Borley near Sudbury, who it seems harbour in St Giles’s, London, some short portion of the year. The heads of this gang are Joseph and Hannah LOVEL; and with them two girls, whom they say are their daughters, called Esther and ? and another, a niece, they call Ruth; a woman who calls herself Cinderella BOSWELL, a native of Staffordshire, but travels particularly in Essex; Palfe the wife of BOSWELL’s son, who belongs to a parish in Ipswich, but travels as a grinder. Joseph LOVEL, having about two years ago been adjudged a rogue and vagabond, at Chelmsford, was, at the Sessions on the 13th ultimate, adjudged to be an incorrigible rogue and vagabond, and committed to the House of Correction at Chelmsford for six months; the rest of the party were adjudged rogues and vagabonds, and were committed for a month. Three stout fellows belonging to the gang, effected their escape with their four asses and baggage. Two young chimney-sweeps, who had joined the gang, and who said their names were Henry and John GASKIN, otherwise SMITH, were detained on suspicion of stealing a donkey cart in the neighbourhood of Newport on the Cambridge Road. Some of the relatives of these sweeps have, it seems, been in the “Laurel” Hulk at Portsmouth.


1817 Saturday, 19 July Jackson’s Oxford Journal

UNION HALL – Saturday, four Gypsies, named, John, Joshua, Sharensee, and Matilda SMITH, were brought before Mr Sergeant SELLON, charged by MAY and GOFF, for robbery. The prisoners denied all knowledge of the robbery in question. They were, however, committed for re-examination.


1818 Thursday, 26 February, Caledonian Mercury  –

ANECDOTES OF THE FIFE GYPSIES – Hugh GRAHAM, brother of Charlie GRAHAM who was executed at Perth, was, with a small knife, stabbed by his own cousin, John YOUNG, in Aberdeen. These two powerful gypsies never fell in with one another but a wrestling bout commenced. GRAHAM was the aggressor, he drew his knife, but YOUNG wrestled it out of his hand, and laid his opponent dead at his feet, by stabbing him in the upper part of the stomach, close to the breast. YOUNG was one of seven sons and, although five feet ten inches high, his mother called him “the drawf o’ ma’ bairns”. He was condemned. And hanged at Aberdeen, for the murder.

Peter YOUNG, another son of Sarah GRAHAM’s, was also hanged at Aberdeen. When anyone asked Old John YOUNG where his sons were, his reply was, “they are all hanged”. I was informed by a gentleman in Edinburgh that this gang of YOUNG’s were related to the Yetholm gypsies, which proves the connection between the gypsies of Lochgellie and those on the Scottish borders, and shows they are from one common stock.

Jenny GRAHAM, sister to the GRAHAM’s already mentioned, was kept by a gentleman as his mistress; however, although he was very affectionate towards her, she left her life of protection and wealth to return to her old wandering way of life. She was remarkably handsome.Meg GRAHAM, another sister, is still living, and is a woman of uncommon bodily strength, a good deal stronger than the generality of men. She is married to William DAVIDSON, a gypsy at Wemyss; they have a large family, and sell earthen ware through the country.The GRAHAM’s who were at Lochgellie, the WILSON’s at Raplock near Stirling, and the JAMISON’s in the neighbourhood of Linlithgow, were all, by the female side, immediately descended from old Charlie STEWART, a gypsie chief. Charlie STEWART is described as a stout good-looking man with a fair complexion, who lived to a long age. He was descended from the Royal Stuarts of Scotland, and died in the last 20 years.


1819 Saturday, 6 February Ipswich Journal  –

QUARTER SESSIONS – At Peterborough Quarter Sessions, Newcomb BOSS and George YOUNG, two gypsies, were put on their trial for stealing a gelding, the property of Mr SPEECHLEY of Peterborough. The trial occupied the attention of the Court for several hours, after which, the Jury returned a verdict against both the prisoners of guilty, and sentence of death was passed upon them.


1820 Thursday, 7 December Caledonian Mercury  –

DARING GANG OF GYPSIES – In the beginning of September last, two men were committed to Maidstone gaol on a charge of horse-stealing, of the names of HUGHES and GREENSTREET. On Thursday, 5th October, a basket was received at Maidstone prison, by the carrier from Tunbridge Wells, directed to W. GREENSTREET or GREENTREES. It came from Rowland Castle, near Portsea, where GREENSTREET’S wife, family and friends reside; he therefore received it as coming from them without suspicion. Its contents proved to be clothes, cheese, bacon, a boiled plum pudding, apples, &c. It so happened that the prisoners had just had dinner; GREENSTREET ate some of the pudding and offered it to his fellow prisoners, but only HEARN accepted some. Both men were seriously taken ill a short time afterwards, and continued in a dreadful state until they expired. It being strongly suspected that the pudding was poisoned, it was analysed and found to contain arsenic. When GREENSTREET was informed he had eaten a poisoned pudding, he had no doubt it had been done by a man named PROUDLY. The pudding was given to the carrier by a tall gypsy woman, who had directed a maid to write the address on it. Bow Street was informed of the case, and they sent LAVENDER and BISHOP to Maidstone to investigate. LAVENDER went to Romsey fair, where he apprehended PROUDLY and accompanied him to Maidstone. The prisoner said his name was PEARCE and not PROUDLY; he was however committed.

LAVENDER next went in search of the woman who made the plum pudding and was so fortunate as to meet with the woman charged with the heinous act, calling herself Mary BAKER, encamped on the road from Chesham with an old man and woman and some Gypsey children. The old people are supposed to be the parents of HUGHES. LAVENDER conveyed her to Maidstone. She was identified by the maid as having been the woman who sent the pudding. Another woman previously in custody purchased the articles in Tunbridge Wells. The women were committed for trial on a charge of having murdered the two men in Maidstone Gaol. PROUDLY alias PEARCE was committed for horse-stealing.


1822 Saturday, 31 August Caledonian Mercury 15757 –

GYPSEY MARRIAGE – On Wednesday the 14th inst, was married at Lower Winchendon, Bucks, by the Rev Thomas HAYTON, John FLETCHER to Teanaah Buckland, daughter of Edward Buckland, head of a tribe of gypsies who have long frequented that part of Buckinghamshire. After the ceremony the party retired to a lane adjacent to the village, where they partook of an excellent dinner provided for the occasion, part of which was served on solid plate, and the remainder on beautiful oriental china. The novelty of the scene attracted a number of respectable people from the neighbouring villages, all of whom were requested to partake of their cheer.


 1844 Tuesday, 10 September Belfast News  –

DEATH OF THE GIPSY KING – A few days’ since near Beaulieu, Joseph LEE, the acknowledged monarch of that mysterious class of people, the Gypsies. He was a native of Brockenhurst, in the New Forest, and was, it is said, in his eighty-sixth year. He was the progenitor of a long line of descendants, having left behind him a large assemblage of aged children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. He is reported to have died worth a great deal of money. Indeed, some years ago, when Charity LEE was married to one of the STANLEYS, old Joseph LEE presented her upon the occasion with one hundred spade guineas, besides trinkets and several pieces of plate furniture. About sixty years ago he was in the habit of travelling the country around Southampton, Ramsey, Lymington, and Ringwood, as a razor-grinder, and was well known in these neighbourhoods as “Gipsy Joe”. He was the boon companion of the notorious Peter WARREN and Billy DEAR, the two great contraband adventurers. Smuggling, deer-stealing, poaching, and occasionally selling a few ponies at various fairs, were Joe’s mottled avocations. In his political administration he was remarkable for one act, which took place in his reign, viz: that of excommunicating, in person, about three years’ ago, a gipsy by the name of Jacob LEE.


1844 Saturday, 5 October Northern Star  –

A GIPSEY WEDDING – Married at Blagdon, September 17, 1844, by the Rev Daniel WHEELER, Matthew, son of Joshua STANLEY, King of the Gypsies, to Martha, second daughter of John BROADWAY, of the same tribe. After the ceremony they returned to the Seymour’s Arms, where the wedding dinner was provided by the landlord, Mr HALLETT, in the best style, and spent the remainder of the day, returning to their camp, on Blagdon hill, at about twelve o’clock in the evening. It is estimated not less than 400 persons assembled to witness the ceremony, and the bells having been set ringing, and the Blagdon band engaged for the union, the wedding day and the day following were kept up as holidays. (Bath Journal)


1845 Saturday, 19 July Jackson’s Oxford Journal  –

BRACKLEY – A QUEEN IN TROUBLE – On the 12th instant, Patience JUNE, the Queen of the Gypsies, and who has seen no less than 73 summers, was taken into custody by police officials, MARRIOTT and HUTTON, in consequence of her being in a state of drunkenness, and was (certainly very ignobly for a Queen) wheeled to the Brackley lock-up house in a barrow. After remaining in the cage some time, Patience was once more allowed to become a free subject, on her paying 3s.


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