Category Archives: crime

An ancestor’s illicit whisky still in 1850s Hawick

A few years ago I blogged about my ggg-grandfather Hugh Hall in Hawick doing three months hard labour in Jedburgh prison in 1857, for a crime that I couldn’t quite figure out. The prison records said “smuggling”, but I didn’t … Continue reading

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A Suffolk case of poaching, stolen birds found cooking in the pot, and transportation

My husband and I were watching the Gary Linekar episode of Who Do You Think You Are last night. And, as is usual with this programme, I was researching the lines as they appeared on screen. But in this case … Continue reading

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Relative breaking car side screen in 1937 Fife

Oh dear! I was searching the British Newspaper Archive again last night. Had a great time, including finding more goings-on at Cupar Mills in Cupar where we lived in the late 1990s. Anyway I then tried a search for “cavers … Continue reading

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Finding lots of criminals in the Irish side of the family

I’ve been making great headway with my Irish great-grandmother’s ancestry. But I didn’t expect them to be criminals. However I’ve just got access to findmypast.ie, which includes Dublin prison registers. And there are an awful lot of references to my … Continue reading

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Smuggling ancestor’s exact crime remains a mystery

I blogged some time ago about discovering that my 3xg-grandfather Hugh Hall from Wilton was convicted of smuggling in 1857 and sentenced to hard labour in Jedburgh prison. Sadly the court papers for his case don’t survive, so I was … Continue reading

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More criminals in Martin’s family

Makes a change from my lot! Again from the Suffolk line: The Ipswich Journal – Saturday 20 October 1838 On Friday last, Zachariah Sharman, William Sharman, and James Garrod, three notorious theives, were committed to Ipswich Gaol, for trial, by … Continue reading

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A case of drunk and disorderly in the family

Just signed up for a 12 month subscription to the British Newspaper Archive, even though it still doesn’t have any newspapers from Roxburghshire or Selkirkshire which seriously limits its relevance for me. But it’s still useful. I tried another search … Continue reading

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