Owen, Hugh J.


R. Evans & Son, Bala, 1st.ed., 1952. Viii + 100 pp., map frontis (fldg) + port. frontis + 7 other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Chipped d.j. with small loss o/w V.G.+ In the early 19th century there were 220 offences in Britain carrying the death penalty. One alternative to the gallows was transportation to England's most distant colony, Australia. The author's researches led him to examine the cases and the conveyance of convicts from the Merioneth Assizes in Wales in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Over the course of several chapters he examines the prison hulks, conveyance by land and sea to the hulks awaiting deportation, and various individual cases. Chapters include : John Greenwood. Thomas Edwards (Hwntw Mawr). The Fiery Cleric. The Tough Woman. Where challenging a Juror did not pay. Sheep stealing. Lord Atkin of Aberdovey. Lord Justice Bankes ' Loss of Wig and Gown (at Merioneth Assizes). Etc. Illustrated with 8 interesting plates and a folding map of the County of Merioneth. BALA imprint.

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