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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



Boswell as Entered in Wilkpedia:- "Gypsy Kings"



The Boswells were for centuries one of England's largest and most important Gypsy families. The Boswell clan were a large extended family of Travellers, and in old Nottinghamshire dialect the word bos'll was used as a term for Travellers and Roma in general.



 James Boswell

Is buried in Rossington, near Doncaster in Yorkshire. Langdale's "Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire" (1822), says:- "In the church yard, was a stone, the two ends of which are now remaining, where was interred the body of James Bosvill the King of the Gypsies, who died January 30, 1708. For a number of years, it was a custom of Gypsies from the south, to visit his tomb annually, and there perform some of their accustomed rites; one of which was to pour a flagon of ale upon the grave." This is similar to the ritual of "stalling the rogue" mentioned by Thomas Harman and in The Beggars Bush and by Bampfylde Moore Carew. A legend says that Boswell lived in Sherwood Forest helping travellers and Gypsies. Also that his grave was opened some months after his burial so that his black cat could be buried with him, and that a ghostly cat still appears on the churchyard wall. A tradition was reported of annual visits to the grave of Charles Boswell near Doncaster for more than 100 years into the 1820s, including a rite of pouring a flagon of hot ale into the tomb. This may be same person. The grave is situated by the main door leading to the church, shaded by a dark oak tree.It is now covered in moss, but is still readable.The words"King Of The Gypsies"will lie there for ever more,whereas the mystery of the black cat is still unsolved.-nformation on the grave by A.Needham-P.Needham, of St.Micheals church.


 Henry Boswell

"King of the Gypsies" died in 1760 at the age of 90 and was buried at Ickleford near Hitchin, Hertfordshire at the church of St. Catherine, as were his wife and grand-daughter. Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of Herts, Pigot & Co., London, 1839


 Haniel Boswell

Was the son of Francis Boswell. He baptised in London in 1583 and titled "King of the Gypsies". His descendants are reputed to include such colourful characters as "Black Jack Boswell", "The Flaming Tinman" and "Hairy Tom".




 Daniel Boswell

Is buried at St. Helen's Church, Selston Dan Boswell lived from 1737 to 1827, dying aged 76. It is reported that the present gravestone was erected in the twentieth century to replace an earlier one that was decayed. Travellers frequently used nearby Selston Common.



Louis Boswell

Was buried in Eastwood church in 1835. In the Burial Register he is described as a "Traveller" aged 42 with a marginal note "This man known as the King of the Gypsies was interred in the presence of a vast concourse of spectators". It is said that Travellers used to travel from far and wide to lay new-born babies on his grave for luck.


 Henry Boswell

The "King of the Gypsies" died in 1824 Stamford, Lincolnshire.


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Notes and Queries Vol. 9 2nd S. (228) May 12 1860 Page 359)


Being in Belbroughton Churchyard Worcestershire is a fine Tombstone to the memory of Paradise Buckler (who died in 1815),the daughter of a Gypsy King. the pomp that attended her funeral is well remembered by many of the inhabitants. One of my relatives said how the Gipsies borrowed from her a dozen of the finest damask napkins(for the coffin handles)_ none but those of the very best quality being accepted for the purpose-- and that they were duly returned,beautifully "got up"

and scented. the king and his family were encamped in a lane near to my relative's house, and his daughter a young girl of fifteen died in the camp.  Cuthbert Bede.