Victorian Criminals

Victorian era criminal records are now online.

There are “[r]ecords of more than 67,000 Victorian criminals, detailing crimes ranging from petty theft and drunkenness to arson and murder. . . ” The collection, part of Ancestry.co.uk, also has material on local law enforcement, jury candidates and members of the local militia.

Criminals listed include Samuel Baker, aged 73, who was sentenced to nine months hard labour after breaking into a house to steal two brushes, some vests, and a pair of stockings in 1893; Charles Wood, an unemployed local drunk who was sentenced to one month in prison for ‘refusing to quit the beer-house’ in 1872, and 18-year-old George Pill, who stole a donkey from a   neighbour in 1894, resulting in a punishment of six weeks hard labour.

Among the record collections are the Dorset, England Prison Admission and Discharge Registers 1782-1901, the Dorset, England, Calendar of Prisoners 1854-1904, and “mug shots” of convicts.

AJH

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