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1862 Tuesday, 4 November Caledonian Mercury

AN ANCIENT WANDERER – Last week, says the Montrose Review , one of the Brechin police constables found an old man, named Hugh WHITE, lying at the roadside, near Roschill, in a state of great exhaustion. He was immediately removed to the Police Office, and after warm restorative had been administered, he was able to be conveyed to the Paupers Lodging House, where he now lies. He was ascertained to belong to a tribe of gypsies, if not the hereditary patriarch of a race of wanderers of the name of WHITE, long known in this and neighboring counties. He states that he is a native of Ayrshire, where he was born in 1761; and his attenuated and withered aspect seem to warrant the conclusion he has seen at least a hundred summers.


1867 Saturday, 22 November Jackson’s Oxford Journal

ABINGDON – County Magistrates Chamber – George ROBERTS (20) of London, laborer, and John BAKER of Bilston, laborer, were charged with stealing a coat and handkerchief, property of Charles WESTEN, a carter. The prisoners, who were tramping along the road, took the coat, which had been left near the field where the man was working. The prisoners tried to sell the coat to two young gypsies named ?. They were sent to gaol for three months each.

Three tramps, who gave their names as George SMITH of Reddich, boot loser, Samuel POTTER of Gloucester, labourer, and John OWEN of Hereford, labourer, were sent to gaol for 14 days each, for destroying their clothes in the union.


1871 Saturday, 1 April Jackson’s Oxford Journal

 GYPSY ENCAMPMENT – A ball was given by the gypsies on Friday evening, March 24, in a large marquee erected for the occasion on the grounds of their encampment in Binsey-lane. The marquee was lit up with a number of lamps, and as much comfort as possible was imparted to the tent. COX’s quadrille band was engaged for the occasion, and refreshments were provided by Mr Joseph HIGGINS, Jericho House. Dancing was kept up until a late hour. On Sunday, the camp was again visited by hundreds of the curious; another ball will be given in the grounds on Monday next.


1871 Saturday, 8 April Jackson’s Oxford Journal  –

The gypsies, lately encamped in Binsey-lane, have left that place for Banbury. They gave a farewell ball on Monday, when about two hundred people attended.


1872 Saturday, 24 August North Wales Chronicle  –

BANGOR PETTY SESSIONS – August 20, before Col. WILLIAMS, Major PLATT, and the Rev D. EVANS – Sylvester BOSWELL, “King of the Gypsies”, was charged by William THOMAS, keeper to the Right hon, Lord PENRHYN, with being on land in the occupation of Evans WILLIAMS, for the purpose of killing game. The defendant gave his name as William GREEN. Fined £2 and 11s costs.


1884-September 29th (ENGLAND)

A remarkable Funeral took place at Plymouth England, recently when Samuel Small King of the gypsy tribe and belonging to jersey was buried in the public cemetery, his funeral was attended by extraordinary number of gypsies who were attired in their quaint costumes. Small wife now becomes Queen of the tribe.


1885 Saturday, 30 May North Wales Chronicle  –

GYPSIES ON THE WAR PATH IN BANGOR – Kinsey TAYLOR, Walter TAYLOR, Felix TAYLOR, and Gersham LEE, gypsies, were brought up in custody, charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm upon Charles LUCAS, a carter in the employ of the London and North Western Railway, at Glanadda, near Bangor, on the night of Friday the 22nd inst. The Bench considered the charge against the four men, which included kicking LUCAS almost to death, to be of such a serious character that they were committed to take their trial at the Quarter Sessions. The prisoner LEE asked the Bench to discharge him with a fine, as he had a wife and two or three children to care for. The court was crowded during the hearing of the case, and the wives of the prisoners on hearing the decision of the magistrates created considerable disturbance by their wailing.



WALTER COOPER a Gypsy well known in England has just died He was always one of the crowd in attendance at a meet of the Queens Stag hounds. His favourite Horse was burned at his burial.


1888 Saturday,12 May Hampshire Telegraph –

GIPSIES IN TROUBLE – William BAILEY and Thomas BEXLEY, neither of whom put in an appearance, were summoned by James Sturt EDGELER, of Bramshott, for causing damage to a meadow on the 28th April last to the extent of €1. The two defendants were ordered to pay €3.8s.6d each, or in default, a month’s hard labour.


1888 Saturday, 9 June North Wales Chronicle  –

CONWAY – Petty Sessions, Monday – GYPSIES IN TROUBLE – William LEE, Ethel LEE, Alfred TAYLOR, and Felix TAYLOR, were charged with obstructing the highway. P.S. ROWLANDS said they had three caravans, and tent, and two large fires on the road between Colwyn and Llancilian. Felix TAYLOR was fined 10s and costs, and the others 5s and costs each. Alfred LEE and Solomon TAYLOR were each fined 5s and costs for allowing cows to stray on the road.


11/12/1889 -Sheffield England Telegraph


There was an incident in the Queen's life well known to the Gypsies but little known out of the charmed Romany circle

One bitter winter day when the snow was lying thick all over Windsor Park a gypsy family were crossing it when the tent had to be a suddenly pitched, the pangs of labour having overtaken the mother, a few sticks were hurriedly gathered but there was hardly any time to scrape away the snow and get the fire lit before the Gypsy women gave birth to Twins, the park keepers of course came up and ordered the tent to be taken off the ground.

But the birth of the Twins in the snow under her windows reached the ears of her majesty who at once sent food and drink and clothing to the wanderers amongst the presents were some baby's woollen stockings knitted by her majesty own hands ans a pair of blankets which but a short time before it is said had lain on a state bed, Gypsies repeat this anecdote with great pride “ and socks knitted by the Queen of the Gorgias” are frequently referred to by them when they speak of deeds of thoughtful and timely charity.  


1890 Thursday, 13 November Western Mail  –

Norton Fitzwarren burial ground has many interesting associations. Many years ago the then Lord of the Manor had a partiality for gypsies. He encouraged them to settle down upon a piece of land which he placed at their disposal, and the rector of the parish likewise made friends of them, frequently conducting Divine service in their encampment.

So warm a feeling of friendship was created that after the camp broke up the gypsies bore the place in fond remembrance and those who died upon their travels were, by their earnest wish, conveyed to Norton for burial. Consequently, in this quiet resting-place for the dead are to be found tombstones erected to the memory of the various members of the STANLEY tribe, which claim Royal rights in the race.


1891 Thursday, 15 January Liverpool Mercury  –

THE GYPSY KING AND THE MOVABLE DWELLINGS BILL – The following unsolicited expression of opinion from the King of the Gypsies has just been received at the Central Office of the Liberty and Property Defence League – “Gypsy Camp, Falcon Hall, Edinburgh, Jan 10 1891. Having been all my life a traveller on the roads, and living the life of a gypsy, as my forefathers have done for ages, I protest strongly against the assertions made by a man calling himself ‘George SMITH of Coalville’, and against the attack on our liberties contained in his Movable Dwellings Bill. Let this man name and produce evidence of any cases among gypsies or showmen that bear out his assertions. I personally know all the gypsies and showmen in England, and I am bold to assert that in health and morality their lives will bear favourable comparison with either that of ‘George SMITH of Coalville’ himself or those of his pet slum-dwellers. Many members of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons have been in my tent and those of other gypsies, and can speak to their cleanliness. It would be a gross mis-justice to put us on a worse footing than the lowest thief in a London slum. – George SMITH, King of the Gypsies.”


Thursday, 9 April 1891, Aberdeen Weekly  –

Lizzie WHITE, the queen of the Orkney gypsies, has died at Stromness at the age of 97 years.


Saturday, 11 April 1891, Birmingham Daily Post 10234 –

DEATH FROM BURNS – An inquest was held yesterday by Mr WEEKES (deputy coroner) on Sydney CLAYTON, aged two months, whose parents are gypsies encamping in Queen’s Head Lane, Handsworth. On Monday week there was a fire in one of the tents on the camp ground, and the deceased was left in charge of a sister, twelve years of age. The girl said she fell asleep in front of the fire, and was awakened by hearing screams. She then saw the baby had fallen from her lap into the fire. The mother said she heard the screams, and on rushing into the tent saw the child on the fire. She picked her up, and took her to the General Hospital. Mr HOLDEN, surgeon, said the child was badly burned, and died on the 6th instant from pneumonia following the burns. The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death” and expressed a wish that in future the gypsies would protect their fires by guards.


Friday, 28 July 1893, Western Mail  –

QUARREL BETWEEN GYPSIES AT NEATH – FEARED SERIOUS RESULT – On Wednesday afternoon two gypsies named Caradog PRICE and Samuel RILEY had an altercation near the Corporation Field, Neath, and during the quarrel PRICE knocked RILEY down. The police sergeant later arrested RILEY, as he appeared to be drunk; however RILEY at once became unconscious, and has remained so ever since. He was examined by Dr DAVIES, who said he was in a critical condition and not likely to recover. PRICE was remanded. On Thursday evening our representative called at the workhouse, and was informed RILEY was still in a very serious state, and not likely to recover. He has been badly knocked about, his skull being fractured, and being a man of about 65 years of age, makes the injury of a much worse character.


Saturday, 29 July 1893, Western Mail –

THE QUARREL BETWEEN GYPSIES AT NEATH – OPENING OF THE INQUEST – The gypsy RILEY died at Neath Workhouse on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon Mr Howel CUTHBERTSON, coroner, held an inquest into the circumstances. Ellen Williams RILEY, a single woman, said she lived in Rhondda. Deceased was her father, and was 73 years of age. He was a basket and clothes-peg maker. Inquest adjourned.


1843 Friday, 26 May Newcastle Courant –

PETTY SESSIONS – At the petty sessions, held at Alnwick on the 20th instant, William ANGUS, one of the travelling gypsies, was brought up charged with encamping upon the public highway, in the township of Lesbury, on the 16th February last. He was fined 20s, including costs.


1843 Saturday, 1 July Leeds Mercury 

At the Castle of Exeter, on Monday week, Wharnford STANLEY, the king of the gypsies in that district, was committed for trial on a charge of horse-stealing.


1844 Wednesday, 27 March Derby Mercury  

DERBYSHIRE LENT ASSIZES – Wednesday, March 20 – Noah BOSWELL, 24, and Joseph SMITH, 28, (gypsies), charged with having on the 6th day of March instant, at the parish of Beighton, stolen a promissory note of the Chesterfield and High Peak Bank, for the sum of 5/-, four sovereigns, and two half sovereigns, the property of Thomas MIRFIN. SMITH was found Guilty, and BOSWELL acquitted. Sentence on SMITH, 7 years’ transportation.


1846 Friday, 20 March Liverpool Mercury 1820 –

DEATHS – March 2, in Wincanton Workhouse, aged 95, Dow BARTON, Queen of the Gypsies. The funeral was attended by hundreds of her gypsy subjects.


1846 Tuesday, 26 May Daily News –

Zachariah LEE, a stalwart gypsy, was charged with sleeping in the open air in Epping Forest, and with being unable to give a satisfactory account of himself. The prisoner was discharged solely in consequence of his having a settled place of abode at Chingford.


1847 Thursday, 25 February Trewman’s  –

BROADCLIST – We noticed a few months since the death of Gypsy STANLEY and his daughter; his widow has had erected to their memory a large head and foot stone, both richly carved with a long inscription in gold letters, executed by Mr DAVY, statuary. On Monday last, the time appointed for these being fixed, a large number of gypsies and several hundred of the residents of the village were present on the occasion. Thomas STANLEY was the son of the present King of the Gypsies


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