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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.

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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)

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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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1847 Thursday, 11 November Caledonian Mercury  –

YETHOLM – CORONATION OF THE GYPSY KING – Monday, 25th October, being the day appointed for traversing the boundary of the Common, and for the coronation of Charles BLYTH, successor to the late Will FAA, King of the Gypsies. Charles was solemnly crowned in the centre of the village, the band playing “God Save The King”, and the crowd cheering “Long Live Charles the First”. The cortege proceeded to the Common, where a long-tailed white horse was in readiness for his Majesty, and three or four bottles of whisky were quaffed before mounting. In going down a hill some of his Majesty’s attendants, more merry than wise, kept tickling the horse behind until it broke away from the grooms, and Charles I embraced his mother earth. Fears were entertained that his Majesty (who is upwards of seventy years) was hurt; but Dr TURNER was in immediate attendance; and after feeling his purse, prescribed a glass of whisky, after which is Majesty gradually recovered. He remounted and the procession moved on to the inn, where they were comfortable seated at the festive board of Mrs GOVANLOCK. “The King” was drunk, and the band played “Welcome Royal Charles”. His Majesty briefly responded, expressing his determination to promote such measures as would be most conducive to the welfare and prosperity of his most loyal and affectionate subjects, which were received with deafening cheers.

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1850 Saturday, 12 January Hampshire Telegraph

DEATH OF THE QUEEN OF THE GYPSIES – Hannah BOSS, of Bosswell, sovereign of the gypsies, died in Lincoln Union on Sunday week, at the advanced age of 99. She entered the Union five years’ ago, being, through age and infirmity, no longer able to accompany the well-known tribe in their wanderings. The old lady had been connected with the Boswell tribe from her birth.

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1850 Friday, 23 August Hull Packet

LOUTH – BOROUGH POLICE REPORT – Tuesday, August 13th, Before J.B.. SHARPLEY Esq – Elijah ELLIOT alias YOUNG, with many other aliases – one of those pests of society, the gypsies, and who has been convicted of serious offences in various places in this county – was charged by No. 2, PATRICK, with being drunk and creating a disturbance in Aswell-lane. Fined 5s and costs, or 14 days.

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1851 Saturday, 12 April Hampshire Telegraph  –

At the Magistrates’ Clerk’s Office, Chichester, on Friday, Henry MIDDLETON and Henry ROY, gypsies, were charged with an assault on Thomas COLLINS and Margaret, his wife, at Pagham. Fined 3/- 12s, and costs 1/0 8s; in default, two months’ hard labour.

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1852 Friday, 2 July North Wales Chronicle  –

BANGOR, June 29 – CRUELTY TO ANIMALS – John BURKE and J. RILEY, two camping gypsies, were fined £2 each and costs, or one month hard labour, for cruelty to their donkeys. Their Worships observed that the whole fraternity was a pest to the country. The money was immediately paid.

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1853 Friday, 15 April North Wales Chronicle  –

BANGOR, Wednesday – POLICE INTELLIGENCE – Obstructing the Highway – Patrick RILEY and J. SWEENEY, two travelling gypsies, were, on the information of P.C. Rees DAVIES, fined 10s and costs for erecting their tents on the road leading from Bangor to Clasinfryn. In default of payment, they were committed to the gaol for a month.

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1854 Saturday, 6 May Jackson’s Oxford Journal  –

WINSLOW – Died, April 25, at the Newport Pagness Union house, in the 101st year of her age, Nanny DRAPER, generally known as Queen of the Gypsies.

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1854 Wednesday, 9 August Derby Mercury  –

“Tye” at the Crystal Palace – That celebrated personage “Margaret FINCH”, the Queen of the Gypsies, who died at the advanced age of 109, and lays buried in Beckenham churchyard, close by, and who held her sylvan court in these parts, is reported among other prophecies and predictions, to have foretold that within 150 years, of which there are upwards of 40 still to run, “Norwood” would be the heart of London.

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1856 Wednesday, 19 November Derby Mercury  –

SUSPICIOUS DEATH – The body of Josiah STANLEY, the “King of the Gypsies” of the West, was found on the 29th ultimate, in the river Dart, near Totness, and was buried on the 3d instant at High-week, being followed to the grave by a crowd of spectators. Various rumors having got abroad, the Coroner held an inquest, which has been from time to time adjourned. The medical men ask for a post mortem examination, giving it as their opinion that the man had been strangled before being thrown into the water. The police are already possessed of some important information. The tribe to which the deceased belonged have offered a reward of 50/- for the apprehension of the murderer.

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1856 Saturday, 27 December North Wales Chronicle  –

BANGOR, Monday, December 22 – Ann RAFTERY, one of a number of gypsies who infest the neighborhood of Glanmor, Aber, was charged by P.C. Stephen DAVIES with vagrancy. Committed to the county gaol for one month with hard labour.

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1857 Friday, 13 February Caledonian Mercury  –

“In 1732, recording a conviction by the Judge of the Regality, of some gypsies who lived in a cave and plundered the neighbourhood in these terms:- ‘This day was finished here a very tedious trial of four gypsies, strollers or vagabonds, which lasted between eighteen or nineteen hours, by the honoured Captain HALKETT, James DEWAR of Lassodie, and Henry WALLWOOD of Garvock, deputies of the Most Honourable the Marquis of Tweeddale, as hereditary baille of the Justiciary and Regality Courts of Dunfermline; when on a full and plain proof, James RAMSAY, one of the gang, was sentenced to be hanged the 22d of March next; and the other three to be whipped, the first Wednesday of each month, for one half-year, and afterwards to be banished the regality for every.’ (Billings Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland Vol ii)”

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1857 Friday, 15 May Morning Chronicle  –

CLERKENWELL, Yesterday – ROBBERY AT A LICENSED VICTUALLER’S – William BULLIFANT, 24, a dirty-looking fellow, residing at 75 Noble-street, Goswell-street, who described himself as a brass-founder, but who is better known from his being connected with some gypsies and going about the town as a travelling tinker, was placed at the bar before Mr TYRWHITT, charged with stealing a number of articles of the value of €1.5s, the property of Mary Ann NUNN, a barmaid, and further with stealing a waistcoat, the property of Mr Charles FRANCIS, the landlord of the Adam and Eve public-house, St John-street, Clerkenwell. When Mr FRANCIS, who was attending the theatre, was informed that he had been robbed, it caused that gentleman great excitement, in consequence of which he unfortunately broke a blood-vessel, and this morning we regret to say died. Mr FRANCIS, a young man, had only been in the public-house a few months, and was well respected. The person, who kept up a bellowing noise the whole of the time, pleaded for forgiveness, and made one or two attempts to go into a fit. Mr TYRWHITT committed the prisoner to the House of Correction for three calendar months, with hard labour. The prisoner clasped his hands together, and he and his wife made a continual howl until he was removed.

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1861 Saturday, 5 October Jackson’s Oxford Journal 5658 –

MAGISTRATES CHAMBER, SEPT 23 – Hansell BYLES was charged with assaulting Betsy BIRCH at Aylesbury on the 25th ult (fair day). Both parties are gypsies. The defendant struck her savagely on the head with a pint pot, sadly disfiguring her, and cutting a piece out of her head. The complainant having expressed a wish to settle the matter, they were allowed to do so.

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Monday, 31 July 1893, Western Mail  –

VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER – The adjourned inquiry into the death of Samuel RILEY was held at the Town-Hall, Neath, on Saturday. The inquiry had been adjourned for the purpose of having a post-mortem examination on the body. Dr DAVIES was sent to see the deceased at 10.15pm in the lock-up; there were no marks of injury, with the exception of a slight scratch on the left cheek. The post-mortem showed there were no external marks of injury. There was a large clot of blood on the brain. Death was caused by compression of the brain, due to a blow. If the man had died from a fit, then the clot would be inside the brain. The Jury found that the deceased death was due to pressure on the brain, caused by a blow received by being thrown violently to the ground in the Corporation Field by Caradog PRICE. PRICE will, therefore, be charged with manslaughter.

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1895 Friday, 19 April Manchester Times 1967 –

Local Notes and Queries – Absalom SMITH, a well-known gypsy in the county of Leicestershire, was elected as King of the Gypsies in the early part of the present century. He exercised the vocation of a “fiddler”, in which he greatly excelled. Death is no respecter of mortals, and he comes when least expected. After a merry bout at Twyford Wake (the Saddle Inn), King Absalom was seized with an illness which proved his last. He died in the so-called Royal camp in Freisland, a lane leading from Twyford to Ashby Folville. Dr NOBLE of Leicester attended him, and it is recorded that his fee of five guineas was punctually paid for each journey and attendance. His Zingari Majesty was interred in the churchyard at Twyford, in a grave twelve feet deep. He was buried in his clothes, or Royal robes, and straw and timber were put on the coffin. The coffin was made by John BAINES, a local carpenter, and was paid for by the tribe in new half-crowns. More than sixty gypsies from twelve encampments attended the funeral, and he was interred with all the honours due to his rank, and with, in addition to the ordinary service, all the peculiar ceremonies of the tribe.

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