Wednesday, 16 May 2012

16th May 1812: Dates of Lancaster & Chester Special Commissions confirmed and more prisoners committed

On Saturday 16th May, the Lancaster Gazette brought more news about the forthcoming Lancaster Special Commission. It revealed that the trial was to open a week later on the 23rd May, and would be presided over by Baron Thompson & Sir Simon Le Blanc. There was also news of the Chester Special Commission, which would commence on Monday 25th May.

In addition, there was news about more prisoners committed to Lancaster Castle by Magistrates sitting at the New Bayley Court in Salford, viz: John Burney (for administering an illegal oath); Adam Bullough, Ann Butterworth (daughter or Robert Butterworth), Ann Butterworth (daughter of William Butterworth), Samuel Howarth, Alice Partington, Milicent Sothard, and Ann Dean, all for rioting.

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