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“Is she or isn’t she?” How an age-old plea of pregnancy saved women from execution

I was all set to give a talk on 1 May at the National Theatre in London exploring themes in Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Welkin, which was then in performance. Of course, the Coronavirus lockdown meant everything was cancelled, so I am instead posting...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 May 2020

The Legend of Margaret Catchpole

Over two hundred years after her death, Margaret Catchpole (1762–1811) is remembered by many – for the things she was not and the things she did not do, largely because someone who never met her wrote her purported biography, which was largely...
From: Naomi Clifford on 29 Dec 2019

Horace Cotton: The extraordinary Ordinary of Newgate

During the research for my forthcoming book Unfortunate Wretches one name kept coming up: The Reverend Horace (sometimes Horatio) Salusbury Cotton, the Ordinary (chaplain) of Newgate from 1814 to 1837. There are conflicting opinions of this man....
From: Naomi Clifford on 22 Nov 2016

Three women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836: Sophia Edney

Last in the series of 3 women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836. See also Harriet Tarver and Betty Rowland. SOPHIA EDNEY Hanged at Ilchester, Somerset on 14 April 1836, for the poisoning murder of her husband John. Aged 23. Sophia Edney, who...
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Nov 2016

Coming in 2017 – Unfortunate Wretches: Women and the Gallows 1797-1837

A heads-up on my next book to be published by Pen & Sword in 2017: Unfortunate Wretches In the last four decades of the Georgian era 131 women went to the gallows. What were their crimes? And why, unlike most convicted felons, were they not reprieved?...
From: Naomi Clifford on 8 Nov 2016

Three women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836: Harriet Tarver

The first of a series of three posts looking at poisoning murders committed by women in 1836. HARRIET TARVER Hanged at Gloucester on 9 April 1836, for the poisoning murder of her husband Thomas. The Noel Arms, Chipping Campden. Thomas Tarver worked...
From: Naomi Clifford on 29 Sep 2016

Charlotte Newman and Mary Ann James

I have been giving thought to the emotions women experienced after being sentenced to death, and wondering how many of them managed to keep their composure on the day. In early 1818 the Quaker prison reformer Elizabeth Fry counselled and supported...
From: Naomi Clifford on 5 May 2016

Susannah Holroyd: Serial killer

In March 1816, Susannah Holroyd made an extraordinary prediction. She told her lodger Mary Newton, whose illegitimate baby she nursed while Mary went to work, that she had had her fortune read. Within six weeks, according to the prediction,...
From: Naomi Clifford on 18 Apr 2016

Ann Hurle’s story: The execution of “a young woman of education”

In the winter of 1782, James Hurle, a carver and gilder, and his wife Ann Goodwin took their newborn daughter Ann to be christened at St Alfege, in the heart of Greenwich. In the years to come, she was joined in time by nine brothers and sisters, most...
From: Naomi Clifford on 14 Apr 2016

The birth of the British pound note and the fate of Sarah Bailey

“’Tis to let the Ghost of Gold Take from Toil a thousandfold More than e’er its substance could In the tyrannies of old. “Paper Coin—that forgery Of the title-deeds which ye Hold to something of the worth Of the inheritance...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 Apr 2016

“Frenzied despair”: Sarah Pugh murders her daughter

In 1807 Sarah Pugh and her 12-year-old daughter were amongst the poorest people in Hereford. They lodged in a bad part of the city, near Gaol Lane, sharing a room with their landlady, and eked out a living from a small allowance from the parish...
From: Naomi Clifford on 22 Mar 2016

Ann Mead: The life and death of a nursemaid

Madonna once famously, and proudly, said that she had never changed her children’s nappies. Why would she if she could pay someone else? But changing a child’s disposable diapers is not onerous, and even cloth nappies are easily and hygienically...
From: Naomi Clifford on 20 Mar 2016

Pregnant and condemned: Pleading the belly and the jury of matrons

Six days after her capital conviction for a creative fraud that, had she been successful, would have netted her £500, 22-year-old Ann Hurle was brought back into the Old Bailey courtroom with six others who had been similarly condemned to receive...
From: Naomi Clifford on 11 Mar 2016

Sarah Chandler: The one that got away (1814)

The Cambrian, 26 March 1814 In early 1814, Sarah Chandler, a 35-year-old 1 sheep-farmer’s wife in the tiny hamlet of the Dolley, near Presteigne, Radnorshire, took a pen and made three one-pound banknotes issued by the Kington and Radnorshire...
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Feb 2016

Ann Baker, hanged for stealing sheep (1801)

The death of Ann Baker, who went to the gallows at Mount Pleasant in Oakham, Rutland 1 on 3 August 1801, merited few newspaper column inches. Her conviction, alongside John Eaton 2 excited little comment, even though it was rare to condemn a woman...
From: Naomi Clifford on 9 Feb 2016

1802: Maria Davis and Charlotte Bobbett, who dropped a baby on Brandon Hill, Bristol

Across the world and throughout history, new mothers who, for whatever reason, feel that they cannot keep their babies have “dropped” them in places where they think they will be found quickly: at the back door of a house belonging to a rich...
From: Naomi Clifford on 17 Jan 2016

Charlotte Long, hanged in 1833, for setting fire to haystacks

Landscape with Haystacksby Patrick Nasmyth (c) Manchester City Galleries; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation Just after ten-thirty in the evening of 25 July 1833, Jesse Organ, a 39-year-old farmer in North Nibley, Gloucestershire, left...
From: Naomi Clifford on 31 Dec 2015

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