A highwayman on Bagshot Heath, 2 February 1775

Richard Wyatt was a justice of the peace who kept a notebook to record his activities in the front line of the fight against crime. He recorded the witness statement of Daniel Harvey of Staines, a post chaise driver, about the exploits of a highwayman on Bagshot Heath. The genteel villain stopped the carriage with the words “Pray ladies, don’t be frightened. I am in distress and money I must have”.

Other types of offences and subject matter recorded include labour disputes, burglary, housebreaking, stealing horses and cattle, poaching and other infringements of the Game Laws, using false weights and measures, conducting an illegal lottery, pub brawls, assault and rape.

2 thoughts on “Highwaymen”

  1. Lance Lloyd says:

    I am researching a male hanged in Australia in 1833. The name was Anthony Hitchcock a convict transported to Australia in 1829 for Highway robbery. I understand he was married and the Assizes record associated with the Highway Robbery and the transportation paperwork is held at Epsom. The transportion vessel was the Lord Melville. I have a desire to examine the source of the complain against Hitchcock and understand a little more of the man. Five other convicts were hanged for the offence – revolt!
    Can you help?

    Lance Lloyd
    Descanso Singleton NSW

  2. John Jones says:

    Hi, I am looking for anything on an ancester of mine, Henry French, convicted on 18 March, 1799 with 4 others, Willian Roberts, John French, George Thorpe, and Edward Thompson.
    They were given life and Henry French was transported March 1800 to NSW, Australia.
    I have recently viewed a newspaper entry stating he was a long standing highwayman.
    If you can assist in finding any information on this man I would be very greatful.
    Thank you for your attention,
    John R Jones

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