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1842 Tuesday, 18 October  Morning Chronicle 22749 –

SINGULAR GYPSY FUNERAL AT LITTLE COGGESHALL – For some time a numerous tribe of gypsies have pitched their tents in Cut Hedge-road, Little Coggeshall. One of the party died last week. As soon as life was extinct, much ceremony was observed. The body was dressed in a Scotch plaid gown, silk stockings, and satin shoes; wax tapers were burnt, and the remains lay in state. Instructions for the funeral were given to Mr CLEMENTS, the undertaker, and no expense was spared to render it most respectable in all its appointments. The coffin was of fine oak, studded with gilt nails, and bore a brass plate, upon which was engraved, “Cecilia CHILCOTT – died Sept. 20, 1842, aged 28 years”. On Sunday last, the funeral took place, and her remains were interred in the parish churchyard, by the Rev W. WIGSON, curate, in the presence of a concourse of between 4,000 and 5,000 persons. The pall was supported by four respectably dressed females deeply veiled, and about 30 of the tribe followed, all dressed in black, the men wearing black cloth cloaks. The greatest decorum was observed by the whole of the party, and a more respectable funeral, we understand, has not been seen in the town for many years. We are credibly informed that in the coffin were placed by the side of the body, the deceased watch and a purse of money, for the protection of which a person is appointed to watch the grave for some weeks. The father of the deceased, attributing the death of his daughter to the removal by the police, threatens to take legal proceedings against the parties. (Chelmsford Chronicle)


1843 Friday, 26 May  Newcastle Courant 8790 –

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 5717 –

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 5829 –

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.


1844 Tuesday, 10 September  Belfast News 11181 –

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 360 –

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 4812 –

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.


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 108 –

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 4235 –

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.


1850 Saturday, 12 January  Hampshire Telegraph 2623 –

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 Bosswell tribe from her birth.


1850 Friday, 23 August  Hull Packet 3425 –

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.


1851 Saturday, 12 April  Hampshire Telegraph 2688 –

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.


1852 Friday, 2 July  North Wales Chronicle 1310 –

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.


1853 Friday, 15 April  North Wales Chronicle 1361 –

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.


1854 Saturday, 6 May  Jackson’s Oxford Journal 5271 –

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.


1854 Wednesday, 9 August  Derby Mercury 3277 –

“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.


1856 Wednesday, 19 November  Derby Mercury 3395 –

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 rumours 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.


1856 Saturday, 27 December  North Wales Chronicle 1561 –

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


1871 Saturday, 8 April  Jackson’s Oxford Journal 6158 –

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 2384 –

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 2999 –

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.


1888-06-21  WRITTEN  IN   USA NEWSPAPER  ( Happened in England)

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, 9 June  North Wales Chronicle 3159 –

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.


Thursday, 9 April 1891, Aberdeen Weekly 11288 –

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


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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