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1555-1799CI

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1542-94

1555

Philip and Mary, by the Grace of God King and Queen of England, France, Naples, Jerusalem and Ireland, Defenders of the Faith, Princes of the Spain and Sicily, Archdukes of Austria, Dukes of Milan, Burgundy and Brabant, Counts of Hapsburg, Flanders and tyrol, unto the Sheriff of Glamorgan Greeting, &c.

Inquisition taken at Cardiff before John Roberts and William Colchester, Bailiffs and Coroners on the town aforesaid. Upon view of the body of Thomas Avane late of Peterstone in the county of Monmouthe, gentleman, at Cardiff aforesaid feloniously slain, there and then lying dead, by the oath of upright and liege men, for inquiring how and in what manner he met with his death, [who] say that the aforesaid Thomas Avane, on the twenty ninth day of July in the year aforesaid, at Cardiff aforesaid, in a place there called the Weaststrete, about the third hour after noon of the same day, being in the peace of God and of our said Lord the King and Lady the Queen, thither came a certain Griffin James, formerly of Llangrallo in the county of Glamorgan, yeoman, and Hugh taylor, formerly of the town of Cardiff aforesaid, tailor, and felons of our said Lord the King and Lady the Queen, of their malice aforethought, in the said year, hour and placer, [and] by force and arms made assault upon the aforesaid Thomas Avane, and that the afoiresaid Griffin James then and there, with a sword of the price of 2s. 8d., which the said  Griffin James then and there held in his right hand, struck the said Thomas Avane, giving him a wound on his upper lip, which said wound was the depth of one quarter of an inch and of the length of two inches, and that the afoiresaid Hugh taylor then and there, with a certain sword, in English "a rapier," of the price of 2s. , struck the aforesaid Thomas Avane on his thigh, giving him a mortal wound, of which wounds the afoiresaid Thomas Avane then and there instantly died.  And so they say  that the afoiresaid Griffin James and Hugh Taylor feloniously slew and murdered the afoiresaid Thomas Avane, against the peace of our said Lord the King and lady the Queen, their crown and dignities.  And lastly they say that a certain Jevan apo John, of Crasdyf aforesaid, tailor, threw a stone at the aforesaid Thomas Avane.  And also they say that a certain Leonard Lamber of Cardiff, yeoman, was guilty of the assault aforesaid, in that he fought with one Rainold ap Morris who was on the part of the said Thomas Avane.  And that the aforesaid Griffin James, Hugh Taylor and Jevan ap John have fled and withdrawn themselves, for the cause aforesaid.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1542-94

1557

Eighteen persons were tried for feloniously slaying Ann Maxwell, widow, as found by a Coroner's Jury.  Among the accused were George Herbert of Swansey, knight, and William Herbert of London, gentleman.  Most of the others were of Swansea.  All pleaded pardon and allowance.

 

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1560

Thomas ap Thomas, of Cardiff, corviser, for felony and murder and Thomas ap jevan, otherwise Ridbrwe, shoemaker, as accessory.

 

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1563

John Owen of Llanyssen, was convicted of murder and sentenced to be hanged.

   Coroner's Inquest upon a view of the body of Philip Robyn, whom the jury say that Edward Vaughan of Llandowe, gentleman, William Vaughan of Roth, gentleman, accessory, and others, feloniously slew and murdered.

 

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1564

Gwelnllian  Morgan of Cowbridge, spinster, and Jane Thomas, of Eglwysbrues, soindter, were sentenced to be burnt for murder and treason.

 

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1567

Coroner's inquest on the body of John Hewes, finds that Thomas David, of Ewenny, accidentally, and against his will killed the  said deceased with a stone.  At the Great Session, David was found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to be hanged.

 

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1568

Coroner's inquest on the body of Griffin ap Powell, found that Thomas ap Morgan, otherwise Soanyshe, of Llandaffe, labourer, killed him accidentally.

 

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1576

Coroner's inquest on the body of Rice jones of Cardiff, gentleman, found that he was feloniously slain by Rice Herbert of St. Andrews, gentleman.  The latter received a general pardon.

 

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1577

Florence Powell, otherwise White, of Cardiff, spinster, hanged for the murder of Thomas White.

 

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1584

Coroner's Jury present that Lewis Thomas, otherwise Taylor, was feloniously slain by Lewis David, of Whitchurch.

 

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1587

Coroner's inquest found that Roger Phelip of Cardyff, gentleman, was murdered by the following persons:- [list of names] Process was stayed for murder by warrant from the Privy Council.

 

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1588

Thomas Llewellyn, of Lisvane, husbandman, slew Morgan Richard.  Jury found that he did so in self defence.

 

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1594

William Lewis, of Llandaff, yeoman, was with others charged with murder.  He pleaded guilty of manslaughter, claimed benefit of clergy, and appears to have been discharged.  The others were punished.

   William Lewys, of Llandaff, yeoman, John Llewellin of Llanwynno, gentleman, William Hancocke, of Cardiffe, yeoman, and Walter Philip, otherwise Cooke, of Cardiff, yeoman, at Cardiff aforesaid, upon one Thomas Comyn made assault and the aforesaid William Lewys, with a certain staff, having an iron joined thereto, called in English "a mayne piked staffe," feloniously struck the said Thomas Comyn on his left leg, below the knee of the said Thomas, giving him a wound whereof he instantly died. (The other accused were accessories.).

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1595-1702

 1595.

Coroner's Inquest found that Llewelyn David was murdered by Rise Wastell, of Cardiff, baker. (Pardoned).

Twelve prisoners died in Cardiff gaol. The Coroner's Inquest returned a verdict of death "by the visitation of God."

Twenty-one prisoners died. Verdict as before.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1595-1702

 1598.

Fourteen prisoners died; one of them was James Turbervill of Newton Nottage, gentleman, committed for recusancy.

Four prisoners died in Cardiff gaol; one of them was Lewis Turbervill of Llysfronydd, gentleman, committed for recusancy. (The County Gaol at this time was crowded with Catholics.)

 

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 1602.

Maurice David, of Cardiff, sadler, pleaded guilty to a charge of murdering Lewis Edmond, of Cardiff, by stabbing him with a rapier, at "the green between the two bridges."

 

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1605.

Inquisition on a view of the body of one Moses Morgan. The Jurors say that Morgan Dirick, of Cardiff, yeoman, by chance touched the cock of a certain fowling-piece, at Cardiff, of the price of 5s., upon the breast of one David Morgan, being in the house of one Anthony Ockwell, loaded with powder and leaden bullets, by force of which contact the fowling-piece aforesaid discharged itself and accidentally pierced and wounded the left thigh of the aforesaid Moses Morgan; by reason of which perforation and wound the aforesaid Moses Morgan died. (Verdict of death by misadventure.)

 

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1614.

Pentyrch. Coroner's Inquest, on a view of the body of Margaret Williams, late of Pentyrch, widow, found that Jenkin Roberts, of Llantwit Vaerdre, yeoman, and Morgan Jenkin, of Eley, yeoman, brake the neck of the said deceased with their hands.

John Tanner and Rice Roberts, Bailiffs of Cardiff, Coroners, and their Jury, found that Richard Williams, of Cardiff, labourer, fell off his horse into the river Taff and was accidentally drowned.

Elisha Rossiter, of Cardiff, sailor, with another man and twelve women, were drowned in the river Taff at Cardiff, by the capsizing of a boat.

 

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1616.

Nicholas Spencer of Cardiff, gentleman, having been committed to the Cardiff gaol for recusancy, died there 2 December 1615.

 

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1617.

John Watkin, riding one evening from Cardiff to Cefn Mably in the parish of Llanfedw, on a horse of Mr. David Kemeys, rode into the river Rhmney at Llanfedw and was drowned; as also was Mr. David Kemeys, at the same time. (Inquests at Cardiff.)

The like in the cases of John ap Owen, for manslaughter, and David John for burglary.

 

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1625.

In 22 Jac. I. there were nine Inquests, with verdict "by the visitation of God," on the bodies of persons who died through disease at Cardiff; two of these were deaths in the gaol. (The gaols at this time were loathsome hotbeds of fever, and imprisonment for any considerable length of time practically meant death. Contagion sometimes spread from the prisoner's dock to the Judge on the bench.)

Arnold Thomas, of Cardiff, tailor, in endeavouring to ford the Taff on horse-back, was thrown into the water and drowned. (1 Car. I.)

John Crabb, of Pentyrch, was drowned in crossing the Taff.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1595-1702

1680.

Inquest held at Cardiff Guildhall, on the body of Thomas Bades, of Kevenmably, found that, being in the dwellinghouse of Alderman Henry Draper, at Cardiff, he fell down a ladder (or staircase) of nine steps and broke his neck.

Inquisition taken at Whitchurch on a view of the body of Richard Jones, late of Vaynor in the county of Brecon, yeoman; the Jurors say that the aforesaid Richard Jones at the parish of Merthirtidvill, working in a certain coal-pit, a large portion of the aforesaid coal fell upon him so that he then and there by misadventure came by his death.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1595-1702

 1686.

Inquisition on a view of the body of one Robert Thomas, who was killed by a bell in the belfry of the parish church of Saint Andrew's, when the ringers were ringing the three bells.

 

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1688.

John Williams died in Cardiff gaol.

 

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 1698.

Inquest at Cardiff on the body of Oliver David, of Llanedern, a boy aged twelve years, who riding on a mare from Cros-ych-Adam towards New Forge in the parish of Llanedern, was thrown and his neck broken.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1703-37a

August 1703

Robert Thomas, of Cardiff, riding in Llanedern parish, met in a narrow lane a waggon drawn by six oxen. His horse reared, Thomas fell, and received from his horse a kick which killed him.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1703-37

April 1705.

Stephen Jones, labourer, was sitting on the mill-pond wall, at Cardiff, when he fell into the water and was drowned.

 

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 24 April 1706.

Ann Mathews, of Llandaff, in crossing a certain bridge of wood, on the way from Cardiff to Llandaff, fell into the water and was drowned.

 

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May 1714

Thomas Evan, of Pentyrch, collier, was killed by a fall of coal in a mine in the parish of Pentyrch. Coroner's Inquest returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

 

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 6. August 1716.

True Bill against Mary the wife of James Jones, of St. Athans, for attempting to poison her said husband with a pancake mixed with ratsbane, and for therewith poisoning her father-in-law. No True Bill against John Williams, of Flimston, for instigating the crime.

Lewis Thomas, of Pentirgh, an infant aged six years, was killed by the upsetting of a dungcart in which he was riding and which was drawn by four oxen, in the parish of Llanharran.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1703-37

April 1725

   Elizabeth Moses, of Coyty, aged two years, fell into a pan of ale and was drowned.

   John Owen, of Leckwith, yeoman, riding across Eley Moor, "where the sea was then flowing," was carried away by the tide and drowned.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1703-37

August 1731

Extensive depositions, on paper, relative to the death of Morgan Matthews, of Cardiff, fiddler, who died from a beating received at an inn at Swansea, 18 October 1730, from Roger Landeg.  His assailant was committed on the charge of murder and died a prisoner in Cardiff gaol.

 

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August 1732

John George, of the Wedall in the parish of Saint John the Baptist, Cardiff, labourer, was killed on the Little Heath by a load of hay falling from a wain upon him.

 

 Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1738-64

1738

   Inquest taken 29 August 1738, at the house of Evan Jones in the town of Llantrissent, before Evan Prichard, esq., Coroner, upon view of the body of William James, late of the parish of Coychurch, collier, then lying dead, found that the deceased going down by a certain rope into a certain coal pit of Katherine Evan and Margaret Phillip, of Llantrissent, widows, called Brun Cradock, in the parish of Llantrissent, it so happened that the damp being then in the said coal pit, suffocated the said William James; by which damp the said William James instantly died.

 

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1744

   Inquest taken 30 August 18 G. 2., at the house of Rees Howell at Roath in the Hundred of Kibbor and County of Glamorgan, before Evan Prichard, esq., Coroner, upon view of the body of Edward Richard, labourer, found that the deceased, as he was going from the dwelling-house of Thomas Brewer in the parish of Lanishen to to his own dwelling-house in the parish of Lanedern, fell into a well called Ffunnon Vedw in the said parish of Lanedern and was drowned.

   Inquest taken at the Guildhall in Cardiff, before the Bailiffs of the said town. upon view of the body of James William late of the parish of Little Bettus in the county of Carmarthen, labourer, found that the deceased was drowned when washing in the river Taff at Cardiff, on Sunday morning.

 

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Glamorgan, 1746

August 1746.  Coroner's Inquest found that Thomas James, aged ten years, late of Ystradowen, was accidentally killed by a wheel in the mill there.

   Also that Thomas Price, mariner, was accidentally drowned while swimming in the river Taff near "Cardiff Key."

 

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Glamorgan, 1747

   Coroner's Inquest taken at the house of John James at Landaff in the Hundred of Kibbor and County of Glamorgan, upon view of the body of Morgan Thomas late of the Parish of Landaff aforesaid, labourer, found that the deceased was undermining a pine end of a certain house in a field called Kaer ffirad in the parish of Landaff, when the said pine end fell suddenly on him and crushed him to death.

 

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Glamorgan, 1748

   Coroner's Inquest taken at the Guildhall of Cardiff, on view of the body of Griffith Thomas late of Landaffe, labourer, found that, "having lain himself down to sleep on the Verge of a certain LimeKiln near Blunts Gate in the said Town of Cardiff, he accidentally fell into the said lime kiln then burning, whereby the said Griffith Thomas was suffocated."

 

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Glamorgan, 1749

   Glamorganshire. Dinas Powis Hundred. Coroner's Inquest holden 26 June, on view of the body of James Okey, late of St. Andrew's, labourer, found that the deceased "went a fishing to the River Ely dividing the Parishes of Landoch juxta Pennarth in the Hundred and County aforesaid, and being so fishing in the sd River the Tide from the River Severn coming in into the said River Ely where the sd James Okey was then fishing, overtook the sd James Okey and drew him into the sd River Ely, where he the sd James Okey was then and there drowned by the sd Water in the sd River Ely."

 

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Glamorgan, 1750.

    Glamorganshire. Kibbor Hundred. Coroner's Inquest taken 28 March in the dwellinghouse of Morgan Mathew, of the parish of Lanishen in the said County, innkeeper, on view of the body of William Llewelyn, found that the deceased, on the 6th day of December last, went into a certain field called Dwy Erw Coed, in the parish of Roath, and having made a fire in a hollow oak, the burnt tree fell and crushed him.

   Cardiff Town. Coroner's Inquest on view of the body of Christian Lewis, late of the parish of Saint John Baptist in the said town, widow, found that the deceased met her death by falling into the privy at the King David, in the said town of Cardiff.

   Cardiff Town. Coroner's Inquest taken 30 August, on view of the body of Robert Tanner, late of Cardiff, an infant, found that the deceased, on or about the 11th April last, being at a certain place adjoining to the river Taff, called the Gollgate, otherwise Gollgate, in the said town, accidentally fell into the said river and was suffocated.

 

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Glamorgan, 1752.

   Cardiff Town. Coroner's Inquest taken 4 August 1752 at the Guildhall in the said town, on view of the body of John Lewis, an infant, found that the deceased, walking in a certain close called the Dumball, situated in Cardiff aforesaid, was surrounded by the flowing or coming in of the tide, and, in order to avoid the same, did endeavour to wade through a ditch adjoining to the said Dumball Close; in which ditch the said John Lewis fell, and was then and there suffocated.

 

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Glamorgan, 1753.

   Coroner's Inquest on the body of David John found that the deceased coming on horseback, on Saturday night the 17th October last, from the town of Cardiff to the place of his abode in the parish of Pendoylan, at or near Cardiff Bridge on the river Taff, the tide and flood being there, was overpowered by the waters and carried down the said river to the Severn; and afterwards, in twelve days, was found drowned on the rocks in a certain place called Sully.

   Cardiff Town. Inquest taken at the Guildhall there, 17 Augt 1753, on view of the body of Elizabeth Evans, late of the said town of Cardiff, spinster, found that the deceased, being on the 27th day of April last standing on the side of the river Taff, near the Quay of the said town, to wash some clothes, accidentally fell into the river and was drowned.

   In this Bundle is an Inquest on the body of Mary Morgan, killed by a fall of coal in a mine at Merthyr Tydfil.

 

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Glamorgan, 1754.

Inquest on the body of Nicholas Meyrick, found that the deceased accidentally fell into a certain well near the East Gate in the Town of Cardiff, situate in the parish of Saint John the Baptist, and was drowned.

 

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Glamorgan, 1755.

   Glamorganshire. Coroner's Inquest taken at the dwellinghouse of Philip David, innkeeper, situate in the City of Llandaff, on 30 September 1754, on view of the body of Thomas Prees late of the City of Llandaff, aforesaid, labourer, found that the deceased, on the 25th day of August then last past, in a certain close within the said City, commonly called the Hannereg, died naturally

   Cardiff Town. Inquest taken at the Guildhall there, 17 Augt 1753, on view of the body of Elizabeth Evans, late of the said town of Cardiff, spinster, found that the deceased, being on the 27th day of April last standing on the side of the river Taff, near the Quay of the said town, to wash some clothes, accidentally fell into the river and was drowned.

In this Bundle is an Inquest on the body of Mary Morgan, killed by a fall of coal in a mine at Merthyr Tydfil.

 

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Glamorgan, 1756.

   Glamorganshire, to wit. Coroner's Inquest taken at the house of Lewis Leyson, innkeeper, in the parish of Lanishan in the county aforesaid, 6 October 1755, before William Gibbon, Coroner, on view of the body of David Rees, found that the deceased, in a certain lane called Hewl hîr in the parish of Lanishan, as he was riding upon a horse before a wagon and oxen, and attempting to turn into a gate, fell down from his horse and was killed.

   Coroner's Inquest held at Caerphilly found that David Griffith, late of the parish of Ryddry in the county of Glamorgan, in a certain close or parcel of land in the hamlet of Vann in the parish of Bedwas in the said county, commonly called Coetca Poset, died naturally and not otherwise.

 

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Glamorgan, 1757.

Inquest on the body of Anthony Fabian, late of Caira in the county of Glamorgan, labourer, found that the deceased, in a close called Morva bach in the parish of Landaff, died naturally.

 

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Glamorgan, 1758.

   Coroner's Inquest taken at Newmill in the parish of Lantrissent, on view of the body of Friswith Leonard, infant, found that the deceased, as she was passing by a wheel belonging to the new works in the parish of Pentirch, went to play with the said wheel; which took her by the clothes under it, and accidentally killed her.

 

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Glamorgan, 1759.

   Coroner's Inquest at Cardiff, on view of the body of Edmund Fflaharty, found that several sailors of the crew belonging to the ship called the Eagle Galley of Bristol, armed with pikes, swords, cutlasses, pistols and muskets, had in a street in the said town of Cardiff, called Homanby Street, an affray with the crew of the Aldbrough man-of-war, who were similarly armed, and that several pistols and guns were fired, and several blows & wounds given; and that the deceased was then shot by a person unknown.

   William Thomas was drowned while riding from Barry Island across to Cadoxton.

 

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Glamorgan, 1760.

Two persons were drowned in crossing the Taff at Llynfraith, Whitchurch, in a boat.

A milkmaid was tossed over a hedge by a bull, and killed, at Croft Castle Gwibley, Leckwith.

 

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Glamorgan, 1761.

   Inquest on the body of John Thomas, of Cardiff, fisherman, found that he was accidentally drowned while fishing in the river Taff in the town of Cardiff.

   Inquest on the body of John Hugh, of Llantrissent, miner, found that he was accidentally killed by a fall of earth, when he was working in a pit of "led oar" in a field called Ddrys-Syog in the parish of Llantrissent.

   Inquest on the body of Edward John, of Cardiff, forgeman, found that he was accidentally killed at the forge in the same town, by receiving a blow on his head from a portion of the machinery.

   Inquest on the body of Elizabeth Richards, of Llantrissent, spinster, found that she died naturally, in a field called Gwain y Kinkod, in the parish of Llantrissent.

   Inquest on the body of Morgan David, of St Andrew's, blacksmith, found that he, at Dinas Powis in the parish of StAndrew's, was driving a mare, the property of Harry Morgan, of the parish of Barry, labourer, to a place near the deceased's smith shop, when she kicked him in his belly; of which kick the said Morgan David accidentally died.

   Inquest on the body of George Evans, of Rumney, yeoman, found that he died naturally, on his way from Cardiff to Roath.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1738-64

Glamorgan, 1762

"No True Bill" against Lionel Stibbs, of Neath, innholder, for murdering Thomas Hill, of Neath, collier, by stabbing him at Neath aforesaid. [N.B.-Lionel Stibbs belonged to a well-known Cardiff family.]

   Inquest on the body of John Powell, of the parish of St Mary, Cardiff, aged about 12 years, found that he died naturally in a certain close or parcel of land within the parish of Saint Mary, Cardiff, commonly called Taff's Mead.

 

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Glamorgan, 1763.

   Coroner's Inquest held at Cardiff Guildhall, 23 December 1762, on view of the body of Elizabeth Jones, late of Cardiff, widow; upon the oaths of Thomas Stibbs, Jacob Thomas, Anthony ffell, Thomas Estons, William Bird, William Stone, Richard Driver, William Lacy, William Morgan, Lewis Evan, William James, Robert Jones and Richard Hopkin, honest and lawful men of the said Town of Cardiff, found that the deceased, coming from the house of Arthur Tanner in the said Town of Cardiff, towards her dwelling-house, it being then dark, and going too near a certain stream of water called the Millpond, in the said Town of Cardiff, accidentally fell into the said stream and was then and there suffocated.

  Inquest taken at the house of John John, in the parish of Penarth in the county of Glamorgan, on view of the body of William John, late of the said parish, labourer, found that the deceased, as he was returning home from Cardiff Fair, was surrounded by the tide and accidentally drowned.

   Inquest taken at the house of William Richards in the parish of Michaelston-upon-Eley in the county of Glamorgan, on view of the body of Mary William, late of the parish of Landough-juxtaPenarth in the said county, spinster, found that the deceased, as she was returning home from Cardiff Market and endeavouring to go along Leckwith Causeway, was surrounded by the tide and accidentally drowned.

   Inquest was taken on the body of an unknown person found dead in a barn called Skybbor y Burtway in the parish of Saint Nicholas in the County of Glamorgan

 

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Glamorgan, 1764.

Inquest taken at the village of St. Bride's-super-Ely in the county of Glamorgan, on the body of William Gyles, an infant, found that the deceased having thrown down a hive of bees, the said bees fastened upon him and stung him in his head and neck; which occasioned strong convulsive fits, by which he died.

   William James, of Penmark, was found to have died through drinking a great quantity of water and striving to leap afterwards, thereby bursting a vessel in his body.

   Inquest held at Cardiff Guildhall, on view of the body of Thomas William, late of the parish of Penarth, yeoman, on the oaths of Richard Driver, Charles Stibbs, ffeelix ffox, John Martin, David Llewellin, John James, John King, David Jones, Thomas Waters, John Lewis, Thomas Evans, John Bird and Roger Jones, found that the deceased, going down the river Taff in the boat of our Sovereign Lord the King,1 from the quay of Cardiff towards Penarth, the weather then being very tempestuous, the said boat, by a sudden squall or gust of wind was then overset; by means whereof the said Thomas William was then and there accidentally, casually and by misfortune thrown out of the said boat into the said river Taff, and in the waters thereof was then and there suffocated and drowned.

   Inquest on the body of John Hill, found that the deceased, being in a certain coal pit called Branch Pitt in the parish of Neath, and having been there for some time with other persons drinking of ale till he was somewhat intoxicated, did require himself to be winded up to the upper part of the said pit; and having fixed his left foot, as usual, to the gin rope and chain, was winded up to the collar board of the said pit by the landing place; and having also brought up in his arms two gallon "caggs," did, whilst his foot was in the rope and chain, throw out of his hands the said caggs, and being still intoxicated, instantly on such throw fell backwards, disentangled his foot out of the chain and rope, and fell down to the bottom of the said pit, about 52 yards deep; by which fall he shattered himself in such a manner that he instantly died.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1765-81

1765

Inquest on the body of William Bonvil found that the deceased one night fishing with a net in the sea at the parish of Merthyr Mawr, and with two other persons drawing the said net ashore having therein only one little flat fish called a sole, about five inches in length, did (as usual by fishermen), in order to take the said fish out of the net, being there entangled, take hold thereof by the head with his teeth; and afterwards inadvertently loosening his holt, the said fish slipt forwards into his mouth and throat so far that the same could only be felt by the tail; by which position of the said fish the breath of the said William Bonvil was stopt, and thereupon he languished for about twenty minutes and then and there died.

 

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April 1766.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff Guildhall, on view of the body of Zephaniah Evans, found that the deceased, on a Saturday evening, "being much disguised in Liquor and Overcharged by drinking, was then and thereby suffocated."

 

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April 1767.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff on view of the body of Edward Kemeys, found that the deceased, being employed by one John Rimbron to carry stones up to a lime-kiln situate in the parish of Saint Mary in the said town, fell down into the said lime-kiln, which was then and there on fire; and was, by means of the sulphur and smoke arising therefrom, suffocated and instantly died.

Thos Edwards
Alexr Purcel

Bailiffs and Coroners of the said Town.

 

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August 1767

Inquest on David Howell, drowned while swimming in the river Taff in the parish of Saint John Baptist in the town of Cardiff, through an influx of the tide.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1765-81

April 1768.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Bridgend in the County of Glamorgan, 7 April 1768, on view of the body of Morgan Thomas, found that the deceased, "being at Bridgend aforesaid the sixth instant, at the time of the General Election there for a Member to serve in Parliament for the said County, where great feastings drinking and rejoicings were made on the Occasion, he the said Morgan Thomas being very much at all times addicted to drinking from alehouse to alehouse, went for meat and drink, and having had a good deal offered, he refused none, till at last he became full gorged with Meat and Drink; which not being able to bear, about four o'clock in the afternoon sickened at the Stomach; and not being able to discharge the said meat and drink, at Bridgend the day and hour aforesaid he then languished, and languishing lived about ten minutes; and by over eating and drinking in manner aforesaid suffocated and dyed."

 

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August 1769.

Coroner's Inquest on the body of Margaret Stradling, widow, found that the deceased, being a prisoner in Cardiff Gaol, then and there died by the visitation of God.

 

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April 1772.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff, on view of the body of John Williams, found that the deceased on the 11th of March, at the parish of Saint Mary in the town of Cardiff, in the night time, walking alone on the Moors and having lost his way, accidentally got into a certain pill or ditch full of mud and slime, and then and there languished and was starved to death.

The next document is the record of an Inquisition on the body of another John Williams, at Cardiff, who was killed by a part of the Red House (fn. 3) falling upon him, on the 16th of March.

Margaret Llewellin, of the parish of Saint John the Baptist, Cardiff, singlewoman, indicted for the wilful murder of her male bastard child, was found Not Guilty by the Jury.

 

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August 1772.

Cardiff Town in the County of Glamorgan. Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff aforesaid on view of the body of Lawrence Kelly, found that the deceased, walking in the night time over a certain stone gate way called the North Gate in the town aforesaid, fell off the top of the said gate way down on his head on the pitching, whereby he then and there died.

 

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April 1773.

Coroner's Inquest held at Cardiff Guildhall, on view of the body of Humphrey Williams, found that the deceased, "having landed on the Bank near Cardiff on Thursday the first day of April Instant about Eleven of the Clock at Night out of the Cardiff Boat (fn. 4) and being very Weak and feeble was by the Coldness of the Night chilled and dyed through the visitation of God about a Quarter of a Mile from the place he landed."

Coroner's Inquest at Cardiff Guildhall, on view of the body of William Jukes, found that the deceased, at nine o'clock on a Saturday evening, "having had a Quarrell with one William Richard and running towards his own house and beckoning to the said William Richard to follow him, accidentally fell into the forge Stream at Cardiff aforesaid and was then and there instantly drowned."

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1765-81

April 1777.

Coroner's Inquest on view of the body of Jane Thomas, found that the deceased was accidentally killed by a fall of coal in a mine at Merthyr Tydfil.

 

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March 1778.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff, on a view of the body of Thomas Lewellin, found that the deceased being at work under a certain wall in the Castle of Cardiff, was accidentally killed by the said wall falling upon him.

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1765-81

August 1778.

Inquest on Charles Stibbs, who was drowned while swimming in the river Taff in the parish of Saint Mary at Cardiff.

 

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April 1779.

Inquisitions, signed by Henry Thomas, Coroner, on the bodies of eleven men killed by choke-damp in a mine called Winch Pond Mawr, in the parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath. All but two of the victims were of the surname Richard.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff, on view of the body of Miles Meredith, found that the deceased being at work on the top of a scaffolding in the Castle of Cardiff, accidentally fell to the ground and was killed.

 

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August 1781.

Coroner's Inquest taken at the parish of Ely in the county of Glamorgan, on view of the body of the Revd John Evans, found that the deceased, on the 23rd of June last, in Cayra Wood in the parish aforesaid, was found dead.

 

Glamorgan calendar Rolls, 1783-99

April 1783.

Coroner's Inquests taken at Cardiff Guildhall, on the bodies of four several prisoners who died on the day of the taking of the same Inquisitions, to wit, on the 14th day of April, "by the Visitation of God."

 

Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1783-99

April 1784.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Lanishan in the county of Glamorgan, on view of the body of James David, found that the deceased "was coming from the Town of Cardiff in the said County aforesaid, that being in liquor, he was by accident rode over by Wm Williams of the Town of Cardiff, then mounted on a Black Horse or Gelding;" that he thereby received various mortal bruises, whereof he died.

Richard Griffiths, Coroner.

 

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August 1784.

Coroner's Inquest taken at Cardiff before Henry Yeomans and Samuel Sabine, Bailiffs and Coroners, on view of the body of Sophia Ovens, found that the deceased, standing near a certain tan pit at Cardiff, accidentally fell into the same and was suffocated and drowned.

Also on view of the body of Mary Williams, whom they found to have met her death by falling into a furnace full of hot wort, while brewing at the brewhouse of William Rees at Cardiff.

On Saturday last an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, on the body of John Gill, who was drowned in Swansea harbour on the preceding evening; he was mooring a pilot-boat, and in the act of throwing out the anchor from his shoulder, one of the flukes caught his neck, dragged him overboard, and the poor fellow perished.  The most prompt search for the body was instantly commenced by a great number of persons, but the receding tide had carried it out some distance from the piers, and it was not found until two hours had expired, when the vital spark was wholly extinct.  It was mentioned at the inquest that the deceased's father had been drowned on the same day in July 20 years ago.

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