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Colonial Cases


The Observer, 1 June 1800

   On Wednesday a young man, much intoxicated, went to a coal pit at Brincoed in Flintshire, and insisted on being let down; in attempting to jump into the basket, he missed it, and fell to the bottom, 180 feet deep, where he was found in a state too shocking for description.


The Observer, 31 January 1802

   Last week a person of the name of Fox, at Wrexham, undertook, for a trifling wager at a public-house, to drink three quarts of beer at three separate draughts, which he accomplished, but was immediately taken ill, and died a few hours after.


Cambrian, 15 February 1806

Holywell, in Flintshire, has been the scene of several distressing accidents within the last three weeks. ... On the same day, a woman fell into St. Winifred's well, and, in spite of every exertion, was drowned. ... A boy and girl's clothes took fire, in consequence of which they both languished for a few hours and expired.  - A poor woman who had been in a state of derangement for some months past, went into an outbuilding, and by the use of a small cord, put an end to her existence.



Cambrian, 19 November 1808

Last week an inquest was taken at Bagillt-hall, near Holywell, on the body of an infant child belonging to Richard Thompson, who was burnt to death in consequence of its clothes having caught fire. - Verdict, Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 27 January 1810

A truly melancholy accident happened, lately at Bangor, in Flintshire: as Mr. Thomas Roberts, maltster (son of Mr. Job Roberts, of  Maesgwaelod, near Oberton, in the same county), was returning home, the night being exceedingly dark,  a spitted mare on which he rode took fright when  crossing then bridge over the Don, a spirited mare on which he rode took f right when crossing the bridge over the Don, and precipitated him over the battlement.  The body was not found till about ten days ago in a very mutilated state.


Cambrian, 17 March 1810

On Saturday, John Jones, of Uch-y-mynydd, blacksmith, was committed to Flint gaol, charged by the Coroner's inquest, with the wilful murder of John Lewis, of the same pave, limer.

   On Thursday, a farmer's horse broke out of the Golden Lion stables at Wrexham, and galloping through the streets, he threw down several persons and market-stalls, and ran over a respectable farmer's wife, who was killed on the spot. ...

   A shocking murder was committed in the vicinity of Wrexham on Friday se'nnight.  The foreman of a lime-work having received about five pounds to pay the other workmen, a blacksmith (now in custody) way-laid him, and so severalty wounded him, as to cause his death.  The numbers of the notes were known, and the delinquent was discovered, when purchasing a new hat, shoes, &c. at Wrexham, the day following.


Cambrian, 27 February 1819

DIED. - Thursday week, Mr. John Rogers, of Berse, returning home from Wrexham market, was thrown from his horse and killed on the spot; he has left a large family.


Cambrian, 20 May 1820

   Suicide. - A young woman, named Roberts, residing at Rusk, near Bronington, Flintshire, recently drowned herself in a pit there, in consequence of an illicit connexion being discovered.  A verdict of felo de se being found by the Coroner's inquest, her remains were interred in the highway.


Cambrian, 24 March 1821

   Last week, a man was crushed to death on the road near Holywell, Flintshire, by falling under the wheel of a caravan of wild beasts.


Cambrian, 15 June 1822

   The death of Capt. Greet, of Beaumaris in consequence of the upsetting on the mail from Chester to Holyhead (by which he was a passenger) was noticed in our last paper. - An inquest was subsequently held, and the jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against the coachman, who has been committed to Flint Gaol.


Cambrian, 24 August 1822

FLINTSHIRE. - At Hope, in this county, ion Sunday week, during the thunder-storm, a boy attending a sand-cart was struck down by the electric fluid, and soon afterwards expired. ... A woman was killed in the village by the lightning, while in the act of milking.


Cambrian, 30 November 1822

FLINTSHIRE. - LAMENTABLE ACCIDENT. - We are sorry to have to record an accident which proved fatal to a son of the Rev. Mr. Crewe, of Hawarden, in this county.  The young gentleman, we believe, had been out with a hunting party on the morning of Friday last, and was returning home in the evening, when his horse, which had become very restive, threw him; a man, going on the road between Holyhead and Hawarden with his cart, in a short time after picked him up, but life was totally extinct.  He has left a young wife to lament the loss of an affectionate husband, and the poor of Hawarden, by whom he was greatly beloved, a kind friend.


The Cambrian, 2 April 1825

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On the 14th ult. the boiler of the Moelwyn-mine engine, Holywell, accidentally exploded, by which two boys were killed, and nineteen individuals hurt, two of them it is feared, mortally.  The mine is now full of water, and must remain so until new boilers can be fixed.


North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 7 April 1825

DEATH OF A SPORTSMAN. - We are sorry to announce the death of Edward Williams, who for many years acted as whipper in to the hounds of Sir W. W. Wynne, Bart. Occasioned by an apoplectic fit, which seized him while returning from the chace, (in which he had attended his master) at Fulbeck, about ten miles from Grantham, in Lincolnshire. .  .  .  .  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, March 17th, 1825, when Mr. Doir, of Ancaster,  stated to the jury, that he was riding immediately behind the deceased, who was walking his horse at a gentle pace, when he suddenly slid to the ground, without receiving any injury from the horse, or apparently from the fall.  Thos. Robinson, groom to Sir Richard Brooke, Bart. said that he was riding just before the poor man, hearing him fall, and turning his horse, saw him lying flat on the ground, moaning and convulsed, as if in a fit; that he tried to bleed him, but without effect; that he appeared to him quite dead as he was binding up his arm.  Mr. Sharp, surgeon, informed the jury, that he attended the deceased soon after he fell, that he attempted to bleed him, not only in the arm, but by opening the temporal artery, or jugular vein, but to no purpose, he being quite dead; that he afterwards opened the head, and from the great fulness of all the blood vessels, he had no doubt but he died from apoplexy.  The jury without hesitation returned a verdict, "died by the visitation of God."


North Wales Gazette (Bangor),  7 April 1825


   Charles Hall, was found guilty of manslaughter, for killing in a quarrel, Thomas Orford, sentence two months imprisonment.


The Cambrian, 31 May 1828

DREADFUL ACCIDENT. - One of the most awful occurrences that it has fallen to our lot to record for some time, took place on Tuesday afternoon, at one of the pits of the Dee Green Colliery, near Flint, belonging to Thomas Eynon, Esq.  The circumstances attending this dreadful accident, as far as we have been able to collect them, are as follows:- the fire-damp had collected in a part of the pit unobserved by the workmen, and on a boy incautiously taking a lighted candle towards the spot, it instantly ignited, and a tremendous explosion followed.  There were at the time upwards of thirty individuals (men and boys) in the mine, and out of this number, nine were killed on the spot, and eleven others dreadfully wounded; most of these had their limbs broken, and were so shockingly scorched, that it is feared some of them will not survive.  The explosion was so loud that it was heard at a great distance, and so powerful that it blew up the machine which covered the mouth of the pit. - We are sorry to relate, that some of the unfortunate men have left large families to deplore their fate, and who, by this accident, are not only bereaved of their husbands and fathers, bunt of their only support.  The men who fortunately escaped were only preserved by being in another part of the pit where there was an air-pipe.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 November 1829


   It is with much regret we announce that on Thursday last, the inhabitants in the neighbourhood of MOLD, were much alarmed by an awful noise and shaking of the earth, which was immediately ascertained to be caused by an explosion of fire damp in the above colliery. .  .  .   Two persons of the name of John Wynne and Evan Parry were instantly killed. .  .  .  On Friday an inquest was held on the bodies, before P. Parry, Esq. and as no evidence appeared contrary to an accidental explosion of the damp, a verdict was returned to that effect accordingly.


The Cambrian, 17 April 1830

   At the Flintshire Great Sessions, .  .  .  and John Lloyd, for the manslaughter of his own father, Edward Lloyd, blacksmith, of Mold, under circumstances that gave the unhappy transaction the appearance of accident, was sentenced to be imprisoned seven days.


The Cambrian, 15 February 1840

MURDER OF A GAMEKEEPER. - David Evans, gamekeeper to John Wynne Eyton, Esq., of Leeswood, near Mold, Chester, was brutally murdered on Monday night last.  The body of the deceased, when examined, presented a most horrid appearance, the head being nearly separated from the body by some sharp instrument, and the face contused as if with a blow, and the head lacerated in several parts.  A minute examination showed that the unfortunate man had first been shot at.  Suspicion fell upon a man named Edward Jones, who was at once apprehended.  A Coroner's inquest was held upon the body on Wednesday, and the prisoner fully vomited for trial upon the charge of Wilful Murder.


Cambrian, 25 April 1840

EXECUTION AT FLINT. - On Saturday, at twelve o'clock, Edward Jones, convicted at the last Assizes of the murder of the gamekeeper of J. Wynne Eyton, Esq., was executed from the drop erected over the gate of Flint gaol.

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