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Cambrian, 15 January 1820

   On Tuesday, an inquest was held at Cardiff gaol on the body of Thomas Jenkins, a debtor, before John Bird, Esq. one of the Coroners of that town. Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.


Cambrian, 29n January 1820

   Two inquests have been held this week by Dr. J. C. Collins, Coroner, of Swansea, one on the body of a boy killed in a neighbouring colliery by a stone falling on him; and the other on a child burnt to death in Foxhole. - Verdicts, accidental death.


Cambrian, 1 April 1820

   On Friday last, an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, at Languke, on the body of a man who fell into the Swansea Canal in a fit. - Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.


Cambrian, 15 April 1820

   On Monday last, an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, on the body of Mr. Wm. M. Evans, formerly Captain and Adjutant of the Swansea Volunteers, who in returning home from hence on Saturday evening last, fell from his horse, and was so much injured that he expired on the following day. - Verdict, accidental death. [funeral.]

   Same day, another inquest was held by the same Coroner, on the body of William Perry, of Swansea, who, on the night of the 1st inst. in crossing our ferry, fell into the river, and was drowned before any assistance could be obtained. - Same Verdict.  The body was not found until Monday last.


Cambrian, 20 May 1820

   On Saturday last a labourer in a neighbouring colliery was unfortunately killed by a large mass of coal suddenly falling on him while at work. - Verdict, accidental death.


Cambrian, 3 June 1820

   An inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, on Monday last, on the body of Thomas Jenkins, of Swansea, who died very suddenly on that morning. - Verdict, died by the Visitation of God.


Cambrian, 8 July 1820

   On Friday last a Coroner's inquest was held, by N. Wood, Esq. on the body of Thomas Lechmere, who was drowned in the river Ely, near Cardiff. - Verdict, accidental death.

   Last week, a man died in a hay field at Rumney, in consequence of the intense heat of the weather; also a man at Splott, and a man at Canton, near Cardiff.


Cambrian, 15 July 1820

   Yesterday se'nnight a young man of highly respectable connexions, and a military character, put a period to his existence at Neath, where he had resided some time, it is supposed, in consequence of pecuniary embarrassments. - Verdict, Lunacy.


Cambrian, 30 December 1820

   An inquest was held this week by Dr. J. C. Collins, on an elderly female who died suddenly in this neighbourhood. - Verdict, died by the visitation of God.


Cambrian, 3 February 1821

   Yesterday an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins on the body of Rees Rees, who was killed in a colliery at Lansamlet, nearby a piece of rock falling in him. - Verdict, accidental death.

   On Monday last, an inquest was held at Cardiff, by Thomas Charles, Esq. one of the Coroners of the town, on the body of Mary, the wife of Stephen Price, who that morning had been found dead at the bottom of the stairs, and it is supposed a fall was the consequence of her death.


Cambrian, 10 February 1821

   An inquest was held on Wednesday, in this neighbourhood, by Dr. J. C. Collins, on the body of a child, burnt to death by accident. - Verdict to that effect.


Cambrian, 24 February 1821

   An inquest was yesterday held by Dr. J. C. Collins, on Gower, on a child, who was scalded to death. - Verdict, accidental.


Cambrian, 24 March 1821

     On Monday last, an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, at Languke, on the body of a young man who was killed by a brick falling on his head. Verdict, accidental.


Cambrian, 28 April 1821

   On Sunday, William Jenkins, ferryman, at Lawrenny, incautiously took a gentleman and his horse into the boat, which is used for conveying foot passengers from Roose to Lawrenny; when, about 400 yards from the shore, the horse became restless, bilged the boat, and leaped into the tide. - Jenkins used every exertion to regain the shore, whilst the gentleman kept throwing out the water, which was filling to boat very fast; but unfortunately, the wind and the tide being against them, it became completely water-logged, and was sinking, when, about 30 yards from the shore, the gentleman leaped into the water, and gained the shore by swimming; but Jenkins, in attempting the same, being exhausted by his previous exertions, were are sorry to add, sunk to rise no more; his body was found the same evening.


Cambrian, 11 August 1821

   An inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins this week on the body of a labouring man drowned while bathing in Caswell-bay, near Swansea. - Verdict, accidental.


Cambrian, 1 September 1821

   On Saturday last an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, at Lansamlet, on the body of Wm. Roberts, sawyer, of that parish, aged 72, who was killed the day preceding, in consequence of being  forced over a low wall into a pit containing brick-bats and other rubbish, by Benj. Evans, carpenter, of the same place, aged about 29. The deceased was lifted up almost immediately by his son, but the vital spark had totally expired.  The jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Evans, who has absconded; the strictest search, however, is making after him.


Cambrian, 13 October 1821

   An inquest was held this week by Dr. J. C. Collins on the body of an unfortunate man killed by a kick from a horse. - Verdict, accidental death.


Cambrian, 13 October 1821

      Melancholy catastrophe, Clovelly, Oct. 5. - About sixty boats, employed in the herring fishery, were yesterday evening, by the suddenness of a gale of wind, obliged to relinquish their nets, in the hopes of gaining the shore in safety, but unfortunately more than forty were driven among the rocks.  The cries of the drowning, thirty five in number, most of whom have left large families, ... A dead body has been washed ashore at Oxwich, on this coast, supposed to be one of the sufferers in the dreadful gale at Clovelly, above narrated.


Cambrian, 27 October 1821

   ... John Morgan, a seaman, belonging to the Peggy and Mary, of Swansea, Edbrook, master, detained at Clovelly by contrary wind at the time the above gale took place, obtained permission to go out in the fishing boats that day, and is one of the number that perished.  He has left a wife and two children at Swansea in great distress.

   On Wednesday last an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, in the neighbourhood of Swansea, on the body of a labouring man who was killed by a piece of rock falling on him while digging coal.  Verdict, accidental death.


Glamorgan Calendar Rolls, 1800-30

Spring 1822.

Philip Williams was killed in a fight outside the Rose and Crown public house, Cardiff, by William Thomas.


Cambrian, 26 January 1822

   On Friday last, an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, on the body of Sarah Rees, of Gower, who had died suddenly.  Verdict to that effect.

   Last week, an inquest was held at Saint Bride's Major, near Bridgend, by Mr. Philemon Williams, Coroner, on the body of William Llewellyn, a poor man belonging to the said parish, who was found suspended to a tree adjoining the said village. - Verdict, Insanity.


Cambrian, 13 July 1822


 On Monday last, at Monknash, Glamorganshire, of a mortification in the hand, Mr. Leyson Lorgher, a respectable farmer for many years in that place.


Cambrian, 23 November 1822


   The office of coroner for this County having become vacant by the lamented Death of Mr. LLEWELLYN, I beg to offer myself as his Successor, ... D. POWELL, Neath, 7th Nov. 2822.

   Also from THOMAS THOMAS, Cardiff, 14 Nov. 1822/

GLAMORGANSHIRE. - MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE. - A most melancholy catastrophe happened on the neighbourhood of the Holmes' Lights on Friday last: Captain Gill, his wife, two sisters, and a servant lad, were coming over from Watchett to Cardiff, in one of the pilot boats belonging to the latter place; and when about mid-channel, the boat was overtaken by a most dreadful storm, instantly upset, and the above persons, together with two boatmen, were buried beneath the waves.  Mrs. Gill was in an advanced state of pregnancy, and was returning to Cardiff to be confined.  None of the bodies have yet been found, but part of the boat and sprit-sail have been picked up.  When the boat left Watchett, considerable apprehensions were entertained for the safety of the voyagers; which, we regret to announce, have been thus fatally realised. Cambrian, 23 November 1822


Cambrian, 4 January 1823

GLAMORGANSHIRE. - The election of a Coroner for the western division of this county is fixed by the High Sheriff to take place on Tuesday next, when, it is confidently expected, Mr. T. Thomas, of Cardiff, will be returned without opposition, the other candidate (Mr. D. Powell, of Neath), having, by the advice of his friends, withdrawn his pretensions to the situation.


Cambrian, 11 January 1823

GLAMORGAN SHIRE. - At an adjourned County Court, held at Cowbridge, on Tuesday last, Thomas Thomas, Esq. was elected Coroner for the western division of this bounty, without opposition.

     On Friday last, a young man was precipitate into Swansea river, while in the act of shoving off the barge from a boat with which it had come in contact, and drowned.  An inquest was held on the body, the following day, by Dr. J. C. Collins, when a verdict was returned - Accidental Death.

   On Tuesday, another inquest was held by the same gentleman on the body of Benjamin Hugh, a young man, 18 years of age, who was killed in a stone-quarry, near Swansea, by a large piece of rock falling on his head. - Verdict - Accidental Death. - What renders the latter accident more afflicting is, that the mother of the unfortunate young man was present, and witnessed the death of her only son.


The Cambrian, 22 February 1823

   Thomas Thomas, Esq. Coroner (in the absence of Nicholl Wood, Esq.), held an inquest, last week on the body of Thomas John, a labourer, who was killed by a fellow labourer of the name of J. John, residing in the village of Lancadle, in this county.  From the evidence adduced, it appeared that the deceased went into a barn, where John John was at work, and gave him several blows with his fist; he was about to retire, when the thresher struck him so violent a blow on the back part of his head, with his flail, as to occasion instant death. - The Jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, and the unhappy survivor was committed to Cardiff gaol.


The Cambrian, 22 March 1823

   During a thick fog on Friday morning last, the sloop John and sally, of Portsmouth, laden with copper ore, for Swansea, was driven on shore off Aberavon in this county, and the crew, consisting of the master and two men, drowned.  Whether they were washed off the deck at the moment the vessel grounded, as there was a heavy ground sea going at the time, or whether they were upset in attempting to get ashore in the boat, can be but a matter of conjecture; but the former supposition is considered the most probable.  The bodies of the unfortunate sufferers were found the same morning, and the vessel has since been brought into this port, having received but trifling damage.

   On Thursday last, the corpse of a man was washed onshore opposite St. Donat's castle, in this county.  It is supposed, by the initials R. K. on the short, that it must have been the body of the unfortunate captain Robert O'Keefe, of the sloop Anna, of Cork, which was list on the Nass Sands on the 5th ult. It was decently interred at St. Donat's.

   The body of Mr. Andrew Thompson, who was  drowned with the above named captain, was also found on the 11th ult. a few miles off Aberthaw, and buried by the desire of his unfortunate widow at Marcross, before she left that place.

   On the 14th inst. an inquest was held by Thomas Thomas, Esq. on the body of Thomas Jenkins, who was killed by a quantity of coal falling upon him while at work in a coal-level at Margam; he was extricated from his dreadful situation a few minutes after the accident, but he survived only an hour.  - verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 12 April 1823

   An inquest was lately held at Cardiff, on the body of Mr. John Pride, ship-owner, in a fit of temporary insanity, destroyed himself by cutting his throat with a razor.  He had always been of a very gloomy and melancholy disposition, and it is supposed that in consequence of one or two recent disappointments, his mind had become impaired.  For several days before the one on which he committed this dreadful act, his conversations had been very incoherent, and considerable anxiety was entertained by the persons about him in consequence.  A very respectable jury was summoned, and they returned a verdict of - Destroyed himself in a fit of  temporary derangement.


The Cambrian, 26 April 1823


On a large Gravestone in Cadoxton Church-yard, near

Neath, Glamorganshire.


To Record


This stone was erected

over the Body


Aged 26;

A native of Carmarthenshire,

Living in service in this Parish,

Who was found Dead,

With marks of violence upon her person,

In a Ditch on the Marsh,

Below this Church-yard,

In the Morning,

Of Sunday the Fourteenth of July,




Escape for a season the detection of Man,



Either for Time or Eternity;



Will assuredly pursue him

to certain and terrible but righteous


Canys nyni a adwaenom y meb a ddywedodd.  MYFI BIAU DIAL, MYDI A DALAF, MEDD YR ARGLWYDD.

Hebrreaidd x. 30.

The Cambrian, 3 May 1823

The inscription in the church-yard of Cadoxton, near Neath, noticed in our last paper, refers to a horrid case of murder, the particulars of which were recorded in our pages last July.  Though no directly criminatory evidence was elicited in the course of several judicial enquiries into this dark catastrophe, no doubt is entertained that the unfortunate girl was murdered in a moment of confiding affection by a monster -  rather a demon - in the form of man, by whom she had become pregnant.  The monument is of massive stone, extremely simple, but of conspicuous form and dimensions.  We understand that the public is indebted for this impressive and interesting memorial to the liberality and good feeling of geo. Tennant, Esq. of Cadoxton Lodge.  We subjoin a correct copy of the inscription, which has been attentively read many hundreds of times during the three Sundays which have elapsed since its erection, Cadoxton church-yard now forming the favourite object of a walk to the inhabitants of the surrounding districts.


The Cambrian, 3 May 1823

   On Saturday last, an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins on the body of Ann Phillips, who was, on the preceding evening, found dead, not having evinced any previous illness. - Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

   A like verdict was recorded at an inquest held on the same day, on the body of Geo. Howell, who expired after a few hours' illness.

   Last week a poor woman was found dead in an unfrequented copse in the parish of Pendolton, in this county.  From the state of the body she appeared to have been dead for some days.  No one knew who she was.  She was buried on Friday last, in the Church-yard of Pendouton.


The Cambrian, 31 May 1823


Sudden death. - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. J. Collins, on the body of Lewis Powell, a labourer, who was found lying on his back in an expiring state, near the gate of a field on the Town-hill, Swansea (having been met a few mantes previously by a person to whom he had spoken), and who shortly after breathed his last. - Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 7 June 1823


   On the 19th and 20th ult. an inquest was held at Bridgend, before T. Thomas, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Wm. Jones, aged 4 years.  It was proved in evidence that, on the 19th ult. Wm. Jones, a horse-jockey, in returning from Lantrissent fair, intoxicated, rose a young horse furiously though the town, which being impeded in its progress by a man with a board in his hand, started on one side, knocked the deceased down, and trampled on him in such a shocking manner as to cause his death on the Sunday following; it was also proved that several other children were in the road at the time, which the accused must have seen.  Verdict, That the deceased was killed by Wm. Jones, while needlessly and negligently riding a hose. - Manslaughter.


The Cambrian, 9 August 1823

GLAMORGANSHIRE. - On Wednesday morning the body of Thomas Thomas (better known in his neighbourhood by the name of Tom of Stall-court), butcher, at Cowbridge, was found drowned close to the bridge over the waste water that runs near to Cowbridge mill.  The side walls of the bridge are almost entirely destroyed, and the unfortunate man is supposed to have gone from the fair a little intoxicated, and to have fallen over.  Too much attention cannot be paid to keeping the public roads as free from danger as possible.  This peaceable and inoffensive man has in all probability lost his life by the negligence of those parish officers who suffered a bridge, on a public road, to be without side walls.  The water in which the man was drowned was so shallow that it did not cover his body.


The Cambrian, 6 December 1823


   The body of the young man who was drowned in crossing Swansea river during the prevalence of a dense fog on the 7th ult. was found on Monday last; on the same day an inquest was held on the body by Dr. J. C. Collins. - Verdict - Found drowned.


The Observer, 9 October 1824

   A melancholy and fatal accident took place the week before last at Dowlais iron works, near Merthyr Tidvill, Glamorganshire, by the bursting of a steam engine  boiler (crown or round one of 2 ½ feet diameter), the top of which not less than five tons  weight, was blown to the height of about seventy feet, and fell with tremendous force upon the roof of the building, burying in its ruins all the workmen who were under, one of whom was killed on the spot, seven have since died, and three or four others are so seriously injured that their recovery is considered doubtful.


The Cambrian, 14 February 1824

INQUESTS. - On Friday, the 6th inst. an inquest was held at Neath, before Thomas Thomas, Esq. one of the Coroners, for this county, on the body of Thomas Frances, aged 12 years, who was drowned near Aberdulais works on the Tuesday night preceding, in attempting, it is supposed, to cross a narrow bridge over the mill stream.  Verdict, - Found drowned.

   On Wednesday, the 11th inst. another inquest was held before the same gentleman, at Pencoed, on the body of James Morgan, who fell down suddenly and expired.  Verdict, - Died by the visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 21 February 1824

   John Jenkins, a labourer, in the employ of Edward Nicholl, Esq. of Llanblethian, was killed on Monday last in the town of Cowbridge, by the waggon which he was driving passing over him.  An inquest was held on the body the following day by N. Wood, Esq., when it appeared that the deceased, in attempting to lay hold of the bridle of the shaft horse to stop the team, fell, and the wheels passing over his body, caused his death in the course of half an hour. - Verdict, Accidental Death.

   The PO, Billing, from Llanelly, on entering Padstow harbour on Sunday last, was struck by a sea, which washed the master and his son overboard, and both were drowned.


The Cambrian, 17 July 1824

   An inquest was held last Wednesday on the body of William Bevan, who was killed on the preceding Monday, in a limestone quarry at Slade, in the parish of Oxwich, by the explosion of the rock, before he could get out of the way. - Verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 2 October 1824

   A young man, of the name of Deere, an apprentice to a surgeon at Bath, was unfortunately drowned yesterday morning in Caswell Bay, on our coast. - It is supposed, that while bathing, he proceeded beyond his depth, and was carried away by the current.


   On Friday the 17th ult. the boiler of the steam engine at the Dowlais Works, Merthyr Tydfil burst, by which occurrence thirteen workmen were dreadfully hurt, ten of whom are since dead.  It has been stated to us that the accident arose from overloading the machine with steam.

   Last week, an Inquest was held at Skirvan, near Neath, before Mr. Thomas Thomas, Coroner, on the body of Margaret Harry who was killed by a tram-waggon, laden with coal, passing over her on Messrs. Parsons's inclined plane.  The deceased was dreadfully bruised and instantly expired. Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 16 October 1824

    David Williams, a waggoner, in the employ of Mr. David Jenkins, of Llantwit Major, was killed on the Golden Mile, near Cowbridge, on Thursday evening last, by a waggon laden with the coal, passing over his breast.  An Inquest was held on the body, when it appeared, that he was riding on the shaft of the waggon, very much intoxicated, when he fell under the wheels, and met with his melancholy fate.


The Cambrian, 23 October 1824

   Yesterday morning, while Mr. D. Davies of Luchartfach, in the parish of Llangafelach, in this county, was in the act of taking the fetters off his bull's legs, the animal made a sudden plunge at him, struck him on the head, and killed him on the spot.  The unfortunate man has left a wife and eleven chidden to deplore his untimely end.


The Cambrian, 13 November 1824

SUDDEN DEATH - A man of the name of Thomas Bowen, who for 17 or 18 years had been employed in the Cambrian Brewery, in this tone, fell down suddenly on Saturday last, while loading a cart, and expired immediately. - On Monday an inquest was held on the body, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner,, when it appeared from the evidence of a medical gentleman, that the poor man had for some time laboured under a disease of the heart, and that he had been repeatedly cautioned against violent exertion as a certain and immediate cause of death to him. - Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.  The deceased bore an excellent character, and has left a wife and three chidden.

   On Wednesday se'nnight, an inquest was held before Chas. Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of an infant four years old, son of Mr. Jenkin John, of Kefenmyddfa, in the parish of Llangavelach, in this county, who fell from a table against an iron pot of boiling water, and was thereby so dreadfully hurt and scalded as to occasion his death on the following day; and on the following Saturday an inquest was held before the same gentleman on the body of Isaac David, an infant of three years old, who fell into the Swansea canal, near the Hafod Works, and was drowned.

   Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 11 December 1824


We still have to recount accidents occasioned by the dreadful weather, and many instances of loss must no doubt have escaped out correspondents. .  .  .  . 

   On Thursday, the 2d inst., a tremendous storm of thunder and heavy rain visited the upper part of Cwm Tawey and its neighbourhood.  A female, who was on the road near Croynant, urging her way through the contending elements, in order to visit a daughter, who was unwell at Cadoxton, was struck by the lightning, and fell instantly dead.  A boy who was driving some sheep near the spot, beheld the awful catastrophe, and described the poor woman as appearing to be enveloped in flames; her hair was burnt to a cinder, and her apron much scorched.


The Cambrian, 25 December 1824

   On the 17th inst., an inquest was held before Mr. T. Thomas, Coroner, and the Lamb and Flag Inn, Cwm-Neath, on the body of Maria Lloyd, who accidentally fell into the Neath canal, near the said inn, on the previous night, and though a man immediately leaped in after her, he was unable to render any assistance, from the extreme darkness of the night.  Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 12 March 1825

Melancholy Accident. - About eight o'clock on Sunday evening last, as Anne (aged 15 years), the daughter of Mr. D. Rees, of the Plymouth-Arms, Merthyr Tydfil, was returning home from Chapel, a sudden gust of wind got under her umbrella, and threw her into a deep brook (which runs through a tunnel under the Cardiff and Merthyr Canal into the river Taff), where unfortunately she was drowned.  Immediate and diligent search was made for the poor girl, which proved unsuccessful until Tuesday morning, when the body was found about two miles below Merthyr, in 15 feet of water.

SUDDEN DEATH. - On Monday morning last, as David Jones, cartman, of Swansea, was occupied in loading his cart with hemp, he fell from its top in a apoplectic fit, and expired immediately.  He had not shewn any previous symptoms of indisposition.


The Cambrian, 2 April 1825

   On Tuesday morning last, Henry Allen, a poor man employed in a quarry, on the Graig, near Swansea, was discovered lying on his back at the bottom thereof, in an in sensible state, with an arm and leg fractured, and a severe contusion on the back of his head.  It is supposed he must have fallen down from the upper part of the quarry (where he was employed in removing the earth) in consequence of the ground having given way under him.  He was conveyed home and surgical assistance procured, but he died in about 20 minutes afterwards.  An Inquest was held on the body, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, and a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.

DEATH BY FIGHTING. - An inquest was held by Thos. Thomas, Esq. on Wednesday last, at Aberdulais, near Neath, on the body of Wm. Williams, foreman, who died in the preceding day, on consequence of a battle with Thomas Rees, a young men employed on Mr. Tennant's Canal.  It appeared on evidence, that the parties had been drinking at an alehouse in Neath, at a late hour on the Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, the 19th and 20th ult., and on their way home, with several companions, fell into a dispute, which terminated in a desperate attack on each other. Both combatants being intoxicated , fell frequently, and with great violence.  Williams received many frightful bruises, and his body presented an extraordinary and painful exhibition of tumours, excoriation, and discolouration, such as we never before witnessed.  Some of the wounds had evidently undergone mortification.  It having been proved, after deliberate investigation, that Rees was in previous habits of friendship with the deceased, and that he was unfairly set upon by the abettors of Williams, instead of having been aided by any one on his side, the Jury gave a verdict of Justifiable Homicide, -  [Editorial comment.]


North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 28 April 1825

   At Cardiff Assizes.  .  .  .   Llewellyn Richards, charged with the wilful murder of Margaret Williams, of Cadoxton, was acquitted; .  .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 30 April 1825

   On Wednesday night last, while six men were in pursuit of a badger on the lands of Wernddu, near Neath, two fell into an old coal pit, and were unfortunately killed on the spot.


The Cambrian, 30 July 1825

   The effects of the heat during the early part of last week, we regret to state, has proved fatal in a great many instances.

   On Thursday last, an inquest was held by Charles Collins, Esq. on the body of Richard Lewis, a lad about 18 years of age, a servant in the employ of Mr. Griffiths, of Park-yr-Gwythyr, in the parish of Llangafelach, in this county, who it appears was assisting in making a hay-rick, when he complained of a pain in his head, and exclaimed, "I cannot work any more" - "I cannot see," and immediately afterwards fell down in a fit.  He was conveyed into the house, and means used to restore animation, but he continued in an insensible state for almost three hours, when he expired.  Although the inquest was held within 24 hours of his death, the body was in a very advanced state of putrefaction.

   On the following day, an inquest was held, by the same gentleman, on the body of Priscilla Hopkins, aged 70, who, from the extreme heat, suddenly fell down whilst walking, and expired immediately. 

   Verdict in both cases -  Died by the visitation of God.

   On Tuesday a man and woman, making hay in the neighbourhood of Pontardulais, suddenly expired.


The Cambrian, 30 July 1825

   On Friday se'nnight, an inquest was held by Chas. Collins, Esq. on the body of John Terry, a boy about eight years of age, who came to his death under the following distressing circumstances:- It appeared from the evidence of Morgan Rees, waggoner, that on the 14th inst. he was driving eight tram-waggons,  laden with coals from the Cwm Pit Colliery, when the deceased, with several other children, got on the 6th waggon from the horses - that at the turning of the road near the Pentre, he stopped his waggons, for the purpose of allowing some others to pass, and on again starting them, the deceased fell off, when the three hindmost waggons passed over him, by which he had a thigh, leg, and arm broken, one of his hands dreadfully shattered, and otherwise so much injured, that he died on the following Thursday in great agony. - The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, with a deodand on the waggons of 5s.  The witness was cautioned not to permit children to ride on his waggons in future.


The Cambrian, 21 January 1826

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - As a Mr. Mason, s Traveller for the House of Messrs. Chance and Co. of Birmingham, was coming into Cowbridge, on Wednesday last, in a gig, his horse took fright and ran off; when, shocking to relate, he was thrown out with his head against a post, placed at one extremity of the bridge leading into town, and was killed on the spot.  Nicholl Wood, Esq. Coroner, held an inquest on the body on Thursday morning, when the Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 11 February 1826

   On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Angel public-housie, in this town, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a young man named James Lewis, a carpenter, who, on the preceding Saturday, fell down a flight of stairs, and so seriously injured the back part of his head, that he died the following morning.  It appears that the deceased, who was greatly intoxicated when he entered the house, was refused drink by the landlady, and was humanely shewn to a room up stairs, where he slept nearly three hours.  On his waking, and proceeding down stairs, it is supposed he lost his footing, and the result was as above mentioned. - Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 1 April 1826


   On the 17th instant, on view of the body of John Jones, mariner, a native of Pembrokeshire.  The deceased had complained of being unable to do his duty, and was therefore  discharged at his own request from the schooner Royal George, Capt. Vittery, at Swansea, on Wednesday, the 8th instant.  When he quitted the vessel, it was observed that he seemed affected in his head, mad it appeared that in crossing the Swansea Canal, near the brewery, in company with two other sailors, he stumbled, and fell into the canal, but did not receive any material injury.   The deceased changed his wet clothes, at the house of Elizabeth Williams, a poor widow residing on the Strand, and afterwards went with his companions to a public-house.  He did not drink more than one pint of beer, but appeared very heavy and drowsy during the evening.  About eight o'clock the same evening, he was brought back to Mrs. Wiliams's house, where he was kindly allowed to sleep with her son.  The next morning Mrs. Williams was informed by her son, that he had left the deceased in a sound sleep; and she did not disturb him until about one o'clock when she went up to him and shook him; the deceased opened his eyes and looked at her, but could not speak.  The poor woman did every thing in her power to procure proper medical attendance, but we lament to say, that (owing to some misunderstanding) the deceased remained in an insensible state for upwards of eight days without receiving any medical assistance whatever, with the exception of once being bled, and died on Thursday, the 16th instant.  The Jury greatly regretted this circumstance, but could not fix the fault on any particular individual. - A verdict of Died by the Visitation of God, in a natural way, was returned.

   On Monday se'nnight, at the parish of Rhoscilly, on view of the body of Thomas Bevan.  The deceased was employed in the limestone quarries near the Wormshead, and in firing the rock, it exploded before he could get out of the way, and a large portion  of the rock rolled against him, and forced him over the cliff, about 60 feet high, into the sea below.  The body was taken up in about an hour, much bruised.  The deceased was a young man about 32 years of age and has left a widow and four small children.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

   On Wednesday last, at the Bathing House, within the franchise of Swansea, on the body of Wm. Thomas, who was found dead on the beach below high-water mark. - It appeared that the deceased, who was very drunk, had been fighting at Burrows fair on the preceding evening with a person named Robert Wood, alias Robin Hood and that he was seen after the fight and did not appear much injured.  On examination of the body by a surgeon, several contusions were observed on the face, but the brain was observed to be in a perfectly healthy state, and the other appearances were only those commonly observed in deaths occurring  from drowning;.  Verdict, Found Drowned.


The Cambrian, 15 April 1826

   The unfortunate woman, named Williams, who cut her throat in this town last week, died on Wednesday evening. - An inquest was yesterday held on the body before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, when the Jury returned a verdict - Insanity.


The Cambrian, 24 June 1826


   On Friday last two little boys, one nearly five and a half, the other not five years old, were drowned while bathing in a pool near Penydaran Works, Merthyr Tydfil.


The Cambrian, 12 August 1826

SUICIDE. - An unfortunate woman, named Catherine Walters, committed suicide in a cottage on the summit of the Graig Hill, adjoining this town, on Sunday morning last.  It appeared that she had procured lodging at the cottage on the preceding evening, and was left by its occupier (an aged female), on her going to attend Divine Service in the morning, in bed, but on her return she found her suspended by a cord to the beam, and quite dead.  An inquest was held on the body on Monday, before Chas. Collins, Esq. Coroner, when it appearing that the deceased having on several occasions exhibited strong symptoms of derangement, a verdict of Lunacy was returned.


The Cambrian, 26 August 1826

   On Tuesday last, an inquest was held by Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of David Howell, of Swansea, labourer, who fell from a shipping-stage in to the hold of a vessel, and died in almost three hours afterwards. Verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 9 September 1826

   Yesterday an inquest was held before Thomas Thomas, Esq. Coroner, at Neath Abbey, on the body of an old woman named Elizabeth Thomas, aged 70, who died suddenly in her garden while drawing potatoes. - Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 4 November 1826

SUDDEN DEATH. - On Sunday afternoon, as Mr. Lewis Edwards, landlord of the Golden Lion, High-street, in this town, was proceeding to attend Divine Service at Sketty meeting House, accompanied by the officiating Minister, he was observed, when a little beyond the Infirmary, to check his horse suddenly, and by the time his friend had reached him, the vital spark had fled.  He was immediately conveyed to the Infirmary, and on Monday an inquest was held on the body before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, when it appeared that the deceased had long laboured under an ossification of the heart, and a verdict of Died by the Visitation of God was recorded.


The Cambrian, 7 April 1827

   An Inquest was held at Cardiff on Tuesday last, on the body of Thomas Davies, late a seaman on board the sloop Aurora, of Cardigan.  He had been missing since the preceding Saturday night, and on Tuesday his body was found, by drags, in the Glamorganshire Canal, at Cardiff, opposite the Dowlais Iron Co.'s Wharf.  There was no evidence to prove that he came by his death otherwise than by accident, and the verdict was - Found Drowned.


The Cambrian, 28 April 1827

   Jane Griffiths, a prisoner in the House of correction at Cowbridge, died there on Sunday last after an illness of a few weeks.  In justice to Mr. Reynolds, the Governor, we are happy to say, that she received from him that attention and tenderness that her unfortunate situation required.  Nicholl Wood, Esq. the Coroner, held an inquest on the body of Monday, when the Jury returned a verdict of - Died by the Visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 28 April 1827


   On Tuesday last, Mr. Thomas Truman, of Syer's Valley, near Cowbridge.  He had been to Cowbridge on that day, as Foreman of the Grand Jury at the Quarter Sessions, when on his return home he fell from his horse (in an apoplectic fit it is supposed), and was found dead in the road near Llansannor. .  .  .  .


The Cambrian, 14 July 1827

   On Monday last an inquest was held by Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, at the Halfway-house, in the parish of Lansamlet, in this county, on the body of a man named Wm. Hopkins, who, on returning home between five and six o'clock on the preceding morning, in company with several others, from a wedding-wake, suddenly fell down, and immediately expired.  It appeared in evidence that he had for some time laboured under the ague, but that the immediate cause of his death proceeded from a rupture of the spleen occasioned by  drinking, and a verdict accordingly was returned.

   Yesterday an inquest was held by the same gentleman on the body of Griffith David, a collier, who was so dreadfully burnt by the explosion of fire-damp at the Pwllygraig Colliery, near this town, on Saturday last, as to occasion his death on the following Tuesday.  Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 4 August 1827

   An Inquest was held on Monday last at Briton-ferry, before Thos. Thomas, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Wm. John, aged 40, who was found drowned in the Neath canal, early on Sunday morning.  The deceased, who was a widower, with a family, and a workman regularly employed on one of the coal banks, left Neath, after purchasing some meat at the market on Saturday night, on his way home; as he did not return, his family became alarmed, and after considerable search very early on the following morning, his body was discovered in an erect posture in the canal, the upper part of the head being out of the water, and not even wetted.  Nothing satisfactory was elicited as the occasion of the fatal accident, the man being quite sober when he left Neath.  It is supposed that he must have slipped, and struck his head against the ridge under which he was found, and being stunned by the blow, was incapable of extricating himself, though it would appear he had merely slidden into the water. The verdict was - Found drowned.


The Cambrian, 25 August 1827

  An inquest was taken at Laugharne Church, on the 6th instant, on the body of a female infant, which was found floating in the sea off the Points.  The skin of the face and head had been completely destroyed, and the Jury, after an investigation of the circumstances, returned a verdict of - Found drowned.


The Cambrian, 3 November 1827

   Yesterday, an inquest was held at the Swansea House of industry, before C. Collins, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Richard Williams, a boy about 14 years of age, one of the inmates of that institution.  It appeared in evidence, that on Wednesday morning last, the deceased was sent with a letter to a person at the Mumbles, and on his return overtook some tram-waggons which were proceeding to Swansea with lime-stones.  The deceased asked permission of the driver to ride, which was grated, and he got up on one of the waggons; shortly afterwards he got off to whip one of the horses, and in endeavouring to mount again his foot slipped, and he fell, when one of the wheels passed over the upper part of the thigh, which caused a dislocation of the hip and a rupture of the artery.  The deceased died the same evening. - verdict, Accidental Death, with a nominal deodand on the wheel of the waggon.


The Cambrian, 8 December 1827

INFANTICIDE. - On Saturday last an inquest was held at the Globe Inn, Bridgend, before Thos. Thomas, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a female infant, found in the privy of the Wyndham-Arms Inn.  Mr. Verity, surgeon, deposed, that he examined the body, that it appeared to be a nine-months' child, and, in his opinion, had been born alive.  The bones of the head were very much crushed, the brains had been thrust out and the bowels were in a state of putrefaction.  In his opinion, the injuries the infant's head had received caused its death.  Verdict, - Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.


The Cambrian, 15 December 1827

   An inquest was held on Thursday last, by the bailiffs of Cardiff, upon the body of Mr. John Eustace, of Llandaff, which was washed on shire near the bridge, on the morning of that day.  He had been seen at Cardiff about three quarters of an hour before, and it is supposed that he must have gone down to the river immediately, and have thrown himself in; his hat and stick were found on the side of the bank, a little easy up the river Taff. - After hearing the evidence, the Jury brought in a verdict of Found Drowned.

   It came out from the evidence of James Lewis, Esq. the surgeon, who had attended him, that a few months back he had been attacked with a fit of paralysis, and since that time he had been subject to occasional aberrations of mind.  It is very probable on his way back to Llandaff he had been again attacked, and took that opportunity of destroying himself.


The Cambrian, 5 January 1828

   On the night of Friday, the 21st ult. the sloop Cambria, of Carmarthen, was upset in Loughor river, and the master (David Owen) and the mate were unfortunately drowned. .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 16 February 1828

   On Wednesday last an inquest was held in the parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, in this county, before Thos. Thomas, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Thomas Lewis, a labouring man, who was drowned the night before, in attempting o cross a small brook adjoining his residence. Verdict - Accidental Death.

   Yesterday a man named Wm. Morgan, employed in discharging a vessel at Neath, laden with flour, fell over the plank, and was unfortunately drowned.  The body has not yet been found.


Carmarthen Journal, 22 February 1828

   The sloop Susannah, Jones, from London for Carnarvon, with a general and valuable cargo, was driven by a violent gale from the southward, into St. Bride's Bay on Friday last, and ran on shore against the rocks near Portelaish, a short distance from Sr. David's, and, melancholy to relate, the master, his son, and two of the crew met a watery grave.  One man was saved.  A small part of the cargo only has been picked up.


Carmarthen Journal, 28 March 1828

MELANCHOLY SUICIDE       . - An inquest was held on Wednesday the 19th of this month, at Garnllwyd, in the hamlet or Gwinfe, before Daniel Price, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Lewis Lewis, aged 14.  The deceased lived in the service of Rees Davies, the tenant of the farm, and was found the day previous suspended to a beam in the cart house.  Verdict - Insanity.


The Cambrian, 19 April 1828

   A Coroner's inquest was held at Neath, on Sunday last, on the body of Richard Williams, who was drowned the preceding Friday, whilst engaged in shipping bricks for the works of Messrs. Young and Co. The poor fellow missed his footing on the plank whilst wheeling a barrow of bricks into the vessel, and fell with the barrow and its load upon him, so that he was stunned, besides receiving a severe concussion on the side, and sunk immediately, the current carrying him instantly in to deep water.   Williams was an occasional driver at the Ship-and-Castle Inn, and has left a widow with three young children, for whom a subscription has been benevolently opened by the inhabitants of Neath and its neighbourhood.


The Cambrian, 26 April 1828

   On Saturday last, an inquest was held at Cowbridge, before Mr. Thomas Thomas, Coroner, on the body of Charles Davies, aged twelve years, who fell from the Regulator Coach, and the hind wheel passed over his abdomen.  He was immediately bled by Mr. James Bradley, surgeon, but expired in half an hour after the accident.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, and stated it was their unanimous opinion, that no blame whatever attached to the coachman.


The Cambrian, 31 May 1828

   An awful instance of sudden death occurred on Tuesday last, on board of the Catherine Edwards, of Portreath, lying in our harbour.  The master's wife having risen from bed in apparent good health, was suddenly seized with a pain in the head, and after addressing a few words to her husband, fell into his arms, and immediately expired. - An inquest was held on the body by Charles Collins, Esq. and a verdict returned - Died by the visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 7 June 1828

SUICIDE. - On Sunday evening last, a most shocking act of self-destruction was committed in this town, by Mr. Henry Frost, master of the schooner Gledow, of Hull (which had arrived here on the preceding day from Beerhaven, with copper ore), by cutting his throat nearly from ear to ear with a razor, which he had secreted !  The unfortunate man had been indisposed  during the whole of his passage from Beerhaven, and on his arrival here had taken lodgings, and obtained the advice of a medical gentleman, who, observing his incoherent manner, gave positive directions that he should not be left alone. About two o'clock in the afternoon, however, the mate, who had remained at his bed-side from eight in the morning, went down stairs to dinner, where he had not been above eight or ten minutes before he heard the noise of a person falling on the floor; he immediately ran up to the room, and found the deceased with his throat cut as above stated, and a razor clenched in his hand; the mate endeavoured to take it from him, but he resister, and in the struggle the handle was broken from the blade; the deceased afterwards attempted to raise the blade to his throat, but was prevented by the mate.  A medical gentleman was immediately sent for, who found the unfortunate individual in the last agonies of death, and her shortly afterwards expired.  On the following day an inquest was held on the body before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, when the above particulars being detailed in evidence, the Jury returned a verdict - That the deceased had cut his throat with a razor in a state or delirium.

   On Saturday last an inquest was held at Clydach, in this county, by Charles Collins, Esq. on the body of Thomas Williams, a labourer, who was found suffocated that morning on a limekiln, with one of his arms and part of his face shockingly burnt.  It is supposed that the deceased, who had been in a state of intoxication the preceding day, and had fallen twice into the canal, had proceeded to the limekiln with the view of drying his clothes, where he slept, and unfortunately rolled on the kiln.  Verdict - Accidental Death.  The deceased was q native of Narberth, Pembrokeshire.


The Cambrian, 23 August 1828

   On Tuesday morning last a lad, about 10 years of age, named Wm. Davies, the son of a poor widow at Sketty, near Swansea, fell from a tram-waggon, the wheel of which passed over him, and caused his instantaneous death. 

   On the same day an inquest was held on the body before Thomas Thomas, Esq. - Verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 6 September 1828

   On Wednesday week, an inquest was held on the body of Morgan Lewis, who was killed by an explosion of fire-damp in one of the Llanguicke Collieries, near to this town. Verdict - Accidental Death.

   On Monday last, an inquest was held at Cwm Cafley, in the parish of Llangafelach, on the body of Jenkin Jenkins, who fell down in a fit from a car.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

   Same day, an inquest was held on the body of John Lewis, of Morriston, who cut his throat with a knife while labouring under insanity.  =- verdict accordingly.


The Cambrian, 4 October 1828

   On Wednesday night, Mr. James Lloyd, master of the Fame of Cardigan, was unfortunately drowned in an attempt to get on board his vessel on the eastern side of Swansea river.  His body was found on the following morning, and has since been conveyed to Cardigan for interment.


The Cambrian, 18 October 1828

SHIPWRECKS. - About four o'clock on Friday evening last, during a strong gale of wind, a brig was observed off the Bury Holmes, in Llangennith Bay, in a sinking state, standing in for the shore, and in a few minutes she went down, and all on board perished ! 

   On Saturday morning the body of one of the crew was found in a chasm in the cliff, about 25 feet above the sands, in a naked state, and it is supposed that he endeavoured to save himself by swimming, but was driven against the cliff by the violence of the sea, when nearly high water, and left there when the tide receded.  The left leg was broken, and the body otherwise much bruised.

   On Sunday morning another body was found on the sands; and on Monday inquests were held on both bodies, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, and verdicts of Found Drained were recorded.

   No legal evidence of identity was offered to the jury; but it appeared that some sailors from Llanelly had been to see the bodies, and stated that they were part of the crew (four in number) of the Juno, of Barum, James Kempthorne, master, bound from Cornwall to Llanelly, with copper ore; the first body found they stated to be that of Charles Richards, one of the sailors, and the other to be that of the master.  They have since been decently buried side by side, in Llangennith Churchyard. The Juno's boat was driven on shore in Rossilly Bay.


The Cambrian, 15 November 1828

INQUESTS. - On the 7th inst. an inquest was held before Thomas Thomas, Esq. at Porth Cawl, in the parish of Newton, in this county, on the body of Matthew Thomas, mason, who was killed by an archway, newly made over the Dyffryn Llanvi tramroad, giving way from under him, shortly after the centre was struck. Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 24 January 1829

SUICIDE. - About four o'clock on Sunday evening last, a female was observed to throw herself off the rocks, at the back of the Mumble hill, into the sea; and before the body could be got ashore, life was extinct.  On Monday, a Jury was impanelled, before Mr. Charles Collins, Coroner, and after taking the examination of the person who observed the deceased commit the fatal act, the inquest was adjourned to the following evening, for the purpose of having the body identified.

   At the adjournment it appeared, by the evidence of Mr. Richard Rees, of Swansea, ironmonger, that the deceased, Grace Vine, had been in his  service, as nursemaid, up to Sunday morning last; but having discovered her in a state of inebriety late on the Saturday night, she was discharged on the Sunday morning, about ten o'clock.  The deceased was seen in the Mumbles between twelve and one o'clock, and she called at two of the public-houses in the village, where she drank spirits and water. It was observed that she was much dejected.  The deceased was about 20 years of age, and a remarkably  fine woman.  The Jury returned a verdict, that the deceased drowned herself, being at the  time labouring under great distraction of mind.

   Much praise is due to Mrs. Jane Stephens, of the New Mermaid Inn, for her humanity in receiving the body into her house, and also to the respectable individuals who exerted themselves upwards of two hours in endeavouring to restore animation, by the usual means; notwithstanding their exertions proved unsuccessful


Carmarthen Journal, 20 February 1829

INQUESTS  - held before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner:

   On Friday last, on the body of Mary Evans of the parish of Llansamet, collier, who about seven o'clock that morning was discovered in the Swansea Canal, near the potteries.  It appeared that the deceased was observed near the above situation about nine o'clock the previous evening, much intoxicated. Verdict - "That the deceased fell into the canal, being at the time in a state of intoxication, and was drowned."

   On Saturday last, at the Swansea Infirmary, on the body of David Richards, mariner, a young man about 22 years of age, who fell from the mast head to the deck of the sloop Anne of Cardigan, then lying at the Swansea Quay, and was so much injured that he expired whilst his friends were conveying him to the Infirmary.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

   On Wednesday week on the body of John Humphreys of Morriston, who on the preceding Saturday evening was run over by the mail coach on the road between Morriston and Swansea.  The deceased, who was upwards of 82 years of age, was returning from Swansea, and owing to his being deaf he did not hear the coach approaching, and  from the darkness of the night he was not observed by the coachman, who was not aware of the accident until apprised of it by the guard.  No blame was attributable to the coachman, and the Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, with a deodand of one pound on the coach and horses.


The Cambrian, 30 May 1829

   On Friday last, a very interesting and intelligent girl, aged twelve years, the daughter of the Rev. Robert Humphreys. Wesleyan minister, while endeavouring to step on shore from a boat in the river Taff, at Cardiff, fell into the river, and was unfortunately drowned.  Her body was not picked up for full half an hour after the melancholy accident; when every effort to restore life was attempted, but without access.  Great praise is due to Capt. Langley, and several other respectable persons, for their unceasing perseverance while a shadow of hope existed.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 June 1829

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A melancholy accident occurred on the 5th inst. At the Aberdare Iron Works; John Rerynolds, a confidential servant of the Company, was precipitated into a balance-pit, nearly 40 yards deep, and from the state in which he was taken out, it is supposed he was killed before he reached the bottom, both thighs being broken, and being otherwise dreadfully mangled.  He was a native of Cowbridge, and has left a wife and four children.


Carmarthen Journal, 28 August 1829

MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE. - The cottage occupied by Mary Michael, at Green Meadow, near Cardiff, was discovered to be on fire about 5 o'clock on the morning of Wednesday last; on opening the door, Mrs. Michael was found on the floor with her throat cut from ear to ear, and whether the fire was the act of an incendiary, or the death occasioned by suicide, is at present impossible to determine.  The general opinion is, that the woman was supposed to possess a good deal of money, that she was first robbed and then murdered, the house being set on fire to prevent discovery.


Carmarthen Journal, 28 August 1829


Lately, at Cowbridge, whilst in the act of putting on his clothes, Mr. John Rees, schoolmaster, lately of Tonyreval, aged 51 years. [The Cambrian, 29 August: We are requested to state that the account in our last of the death of Mr. John Rees, of Cowbridge, schoolmaster, was the fabrication of some worthless blockhead.]


The Cambrian, 29 August 1829

SUPPOSED ROBBERY AND MURDER. - The following account of a supposed robbery and murder, in the neighbourhood of Cardiff, we copy from a London paper.  The act appears to be involved in much mystery, and the only information we have received of the event is from an unknown correspondent, who observes, that "the woman has been buried without a Coroner's inquest, and that the reason assigned is the absence of the Coroner, Nicholl Wood, Esq. who has been for a long time in France."

[Quotes the report printed in the Carmarthen Journal, 28 August, as above.]


The Cambrian, 12 September 1829

   The body of the lamented Capt. Waters, of the Harford of Swansea, which was lost with the whole of her crew off the Devonshire coast during the late heavy gales, was found yesterday morning on the shore near the Mumbles.  From the length of time the body had remained in the water, its identity could only be ascertained by the watch found in his pocket.


The Canaan, 10 October 1829

MURDER ! - On Tuesday morning last, a respectable aged widow, named Mary Cavenaugh, who resided in a detached house at Penmaen, Gower, in this county, was discovered barbarously murdered in the garden in front of her dwelling, and the premises robbed.  On Wednesday an inquest was held on the body before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, and a highly respectable jury, when it appeared in evidence that the last time the deceased was seen alive was on Saturday evening about five o'clock, near her house, and that on Sunday it was observed by the neighbours that the window curtains were drawn, and they remained in the same state on Monday, but this did not excite any alarm, as it was considered that the deceased was gone from home, as she sometimes did.  On Tuesday morning the window curtains were observed to be still closed, and two female neighbours, fearing that the deceased might have died suddenly, proceeded to the premises, where they found the garden gate fastened, and on getting over it, they discovered the unfortunate woman lying dead in the garden, near the front  door of the house. They alarmed the neighbours, and the Rev, John James, the Recto of the parish, and several others, immediately repaired  to the spot, where the body was found lying as before stated, the face downward, and the head towards the door, and the hands under the body.

   The head was very bloody, and there was a collection of congealed blood under the face, and some of the blood, from a frightful wound on the back part of the head, had flowed nearly three yards from the body, and had formed another collection.  On the examination of the head and taking off the scalp, a considerable portion of the brain was found lodged in it, together with a quantity of congealed blood; there were also two severe contused wounds on the left side of the back of the head, which appeared to have been inflected with some blunt instrument; and part of the bone beaten also on the brain.

   On proceeding into the house, the front door was found closed on the klatch only, with the key in the lock on the inside; and on gaping into the room where the deceased usually lived, they found the larger drawers of a chest of drawers partly open, and the contents appeared to have been ransacked; the two smaller drawers of the same chest of drawers were on the floor, and appeared to have been searched.  There was a small round table near the fire-place, upon which a Testament was lying open and a pair of spectacles on it.  On a chest near the drawers there was a candlestick (the candle in witch was half burnt, and from the state of the wick appeared to have been blown out), and also the iron handle of a fire-shovel, by which the lock of one of the drawers appeared to have been forced; the other drawers were unlocked by a key which was found on the chest.

   On a further search of the room, in the presence of the Coroner and Jury, there was found in a large oak chest (which was locked and did not appear to have been searched) seven sovereigns, a Bank of England note for 20l. and securities for several sums of money, amounting in the whole to 126l., with some plate; and it is conjectured that the wretch who committed the horrid deed has not obtained any thing of much value, with the exception of two Watches, which it is stated the deceased possessed, and which were generally hung over the mantle-piece, and which could not be found.

   At present the perpetrator of this horrid murder is unknown; but it is hoped that evidence will be produced before the adjourned inquest, to be holden this day (Friday), that may lead to his conviction.  For the ends of justice, we abstain from noticing the various rumours in circulation relative to this foul deed, but have confined our report strictly to the evidence adduced  the inquest.  Much praise is due to L. W. Dillwyn, Esq.

The Cambrian, 17 October 1829

THE LATE MURDER IN GOWER. - Not the least clue, we are sorry to state, has been obtained to lead to the elucidation of this horrid Murder.  At the adjourned inquest on Friday last, a verdict was returned - Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.


The Cambrian, 13 February 1830

   A poor Irish girl, in the employ of Mr. Hall, of Brocastle, near Cowbridge, was unfortunately killed on Wednesday last, by a threshing machine, in which some part of her clothes became entangled.


The Cambrian, 20 February 1830

MELANCHOLY EVENT. - Yesterday an inquest was held by Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the bodies of Wm. Thomas, David Hugh, Thos. Jenkins, John Thomas, John Morris, and Thomas Morgan, who were unfortunately killed in the Broad Oak Colliery, near Loughor, on Thursday last, by the explosion of hydrogen gas in one of the pits.  It appeared from the evidence adduced, that there was a free circulation of air through the works, with the exception of a particular part, which was known to be dangerous, and in which he colliers had been forbidden to work; but, contrary to his order, John Morris entered with a candle in his hand, when an instantaneous explosion took place, and the result was as fatal as described.  No blame whatever can be attributed to the Proprietors or their agents, for it was proved by an old collier, that the working part of the colliery was better ventilated than any he had ever worked in before.  The three first named sufferers were married men, and have left families to lament their unfortunate end, -the others were boys. - Verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 13 March 1830

SUICIDE. - Mr. Nathaniel Richards, of Penlline, near Cowbridge, put a period to his existence on Wednesday morning, by hanging himself in a small wood near his village.  He had for some time past been in a melancholy and desponding way, in consequence of adverse circumstances.  He has left a widow and six children totally destitute.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 March 1830


On Thursday last, in child-bed of twins, Mrs. Davies, wife of he Rev. John Davis, Curate of Cadoxton, near Neath.


The Cambrian, 20 March 1830

   An inquisition was taken on Mondi last (by anointment from the previous Saturday), before C. Collins, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Henry Henrys, which on Saturday morning last was found lying dead in the hay-loft of a stable, in Rutland-place, in this town. - It appeared in evidence, that the deceased was a discharged soldier from his Majesty's 16th regiment of Lancers, and that he had lately been in the service of Major Penrice, of kilvrough House, but quitted his employment on the 1st of March instant, since which he has been lodging in Swansea; - that he quitted the lodgings on Sunday morning, the 7th inst. Having paid for them the evening before, and said that he was going to Clydach, to look for work; that he was seen drinking in several public-houses during that day, and the last time he was seen alive was about eight o'clock on that evening. It also appeared that at about dark on the same evening, the deceased borrowed a small jug of a Mrs. Rotheroe, and stated to her that he was going to take physic, but he did not want them to know it at is lodgings.  This jug was found by the body empty, with a whitish sediment at the bottom of it, which led to the suspicion that the deceased had taken poison, and the Coroner therefore gave directions that the body should be opened.  This was done during the adjournment of the inquest, by Mr. Terry and Mr. T. B. Powell, who gave their report, that on the application of the usual chemical re-agents to the contents of the stomach and the jug found near the body, they did not give the slightest indication of the presence of any poisonous substance, and that from the appearances of the brain, it was their opinion that the deceased died of Apoplexy. - The Jury, under the direction of the Coroner, returned a verdict accordingly.


The Cambrian, 20 March 1830

FATAL ACCIDENT. - About ten o'clock on the night of Wednesday se'nnight as Mr. David Morrice, master of the schooner Albion, of Ilfracombe, was going on board his vessel (then lying in the pier) across a ladder. He fell over the side between the vessel and the quay, and was killed on the spot.  He has left a widow and ten children.


The Cambrian, 17 April 1830

   On Wednesday last, an inquest was holden at Landore, near Swansea, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Lewis Lewis, who was killed the preceding morning by a large stone (about a ton and a half in weight) falling on him from the roof of the heading where the deceased was employed in cutting coal in the Landore Colliery.  The deceased was about thirty years of age, and has left a widow and two children. - Verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 1 May 1830

MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECK. - Among the several ship-wrecks that have unfortunately occurred during the present month, we have to add to the distressing list the loss, on the sands near Aberavon, in his county, of the sloop Edward, James Lewis, master, of and for Bristol from Cork, with wheat and oats, about one o'clock of the morning of Friday last; and melancholy to relate, eight passengers (a mother, four daughters, and three sons) were drowned.


The Cambrian, 26 June 1830

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Friday evening last, a seaman named David Hughes, belonging to the Brothers, of this port, while assisting in shipping copper at the Hafod Works, was unfortunately killed.  It appeared that, as the deceased was entering the hold, one of the boxes which was about to be lowered, slipped from the crane-chain, and struck him on the ladder, and fell on him.  He was immediately conveyed on deck, and bled by a medical gentleman who was shortly in attendance, but though life was not extinct when brought on deck, every effort to restore him were unavailing. - Verdict - Accidental Death.


He Cambrian, 26 June 1830

   A child, about three years old, of a labourer of the name of Shermur, in the

employ of Mr. Christopher Bradley, was drowned on Wednesday last, in a

well, at Treguff, near Cowbridge.  There were but two or three inches of

water in the well, but the child seems to have fallen upon its head, and being unable to disengage itself from the clay at the bottom of the  well, it suffocated.


The Cambrian, 3 July 1830

DREADFUL EVENT. - Doing he terrific thunderstorm which visited this as well as other parts of the kingdom on Friday last, a dreadful accident occurred at a place called Cwm Carno, in this county, in the occupation of Messrs. Forman and Co. of the Bute Works, as a mining district.  Near to a small brook, that runs down the mountain side, the workmen had bored an air hole for the purpose of ventilating the colliery below.  So rapid was the filling of this brook and so considerable the quantity of water that flowed during the storm, that the banks of the rivulet were completely covered, and thousands of tons of water poured irresistibly down this air pipe.  There were in the level at the time six men and a female; one man contrived to make his escape to the mouth of the level, and was extricated when the water had nearly reached his chin - the remaining six persons met a watery grave ! Their remains were not had out until Saturday night or Sunday morning.  Three of the poor fellows were buried in Merthyr on Monday last, attended by an immense concourse of people.


The Cambrian, 7 August 1830

   On Wednesday last an Inquest was held before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, and a respectable jury, at the Powell's Arms, Swansea, on view if the body of Catharine Nicholas, wife of David Nicholas, of Swansea, labourer. - It appeared in evidence that, on Tuesday evening last, the deceased and her husband had a dispute at the Red Cow public-house, in High-street, and that she used very violent and abusive language towards her husband, and accused him of incontinence; her conduct so irritated her husband that he struck her, and she fell on the floor, and on being assisted up, blood flowed from the back part of her head; - she, however, still continued to use abusive language towards him, and he struck her again several times on the right side of the neck. - It also appeared, that the deceased when she went home, took two or three spoonfuls of laudanum, and it was reported that she had died from the effects of it. - The body was, by the direction of the Coroner, opened by Mr. Bird, surgeon, in the presence of Drs. Gibbon and Cohen; and on examination two distinct marks of external injury about the head were found, the one was a severe contusion on the back part, which appeared to have been occasioned by a fall; the other was a severe injury on the right side of the neck, immediately under the ear, which was accompanied by clearly marked appearances of deep-seated and  dangerous contusion about the upper part of the throat, near the spine, and the brain had the appearance of violence having been inflicted about the head, and that the injuries on the neck were sufficient to cause death.

   It further appeared that Mr. Bird, on being called in to the deceased, had used the stomach pump, and brought up a considerable quantity of the contents of the stomach, but could not detect the presence of laudanum, and on opening the body and examining the contents of the stomach, the medical gentlemen agreed, that there were no appearances to justify a suspicion that the deceased died from anything taken into the stomach.

   After a careful investigation of the circumstances, which occupied the whole of the day, the Jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter against the said David Nicholas, the husband, who was, therefore, committed by the Coroner to the County Gaol at Cardiff, for trial at the ensuing Great Sessions.


The Cambrian, 6 November 1830

   On Tuesday last, an Inquest as held by Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, at Swansea, on view of the body of Mr. Isaiah Lloyd, a respectable grocer of this town, who was found drowned in the Swansea Canal, at about twenty minutes before ten; a hat and stick were found floating in the water near the Hafod Copper Works, which led to the suspicion that some person had fallen in, and a search was immediately made, when the body of the unfortunate young man was found.  It was also ascertained, that the deceased, who had quitted his ship on the above morning with an intention of proceeding to Morriston on business, was attacked about here months ago with a fit, and it was conjectured that he was similarly visited on the present occasion.  Under these circumstances, and no marks of violence appearing on the body, the Jury returned a verdict - Found drowned.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 November 1830

MERTHYR. - In the afternoon of the 15th instant, an altercation took place in one of the new retail beer hoses, in this town, between a shoemaker and a labouring man, which ended in a regular manual combat.  After fighting for about twenty minutes the shoemaker received a blow, from the effect of which he fell senseless; and when picked up life was found to be extinct. [The Cambrian, 20 November, below.]


The Cambrian, 20 November 1830

INQUESTS. - On Wednesday last an inquest was held before Thomas Thomas, Esq. Coroner, at Merthyr-tydvil, in this county, on the body of Rees Williams, shoemaker.  It appeared that one John Jones and he deceased had been drinking together on Monday, for several hours; the deceased became very quarrelsome, and struck his companion, which he latter did no resent, but on repeating the blow, Jones struck him to the ground, and he immediately purred.  The Jury returned a verdict of am slaughter against John Jones. The coroner admitted him to bail, himself in 100l. and two sureties in 20l. each.

   On Thursday last an inquest was held before the same coroner at Cwm-Neath, in his county, on h body o Ann Morgan, aged 16, who was found drowned on Tuesday, in a waste stream of the Neath canal.  Verdict, Found drowned.  It is supposed that this unfortunate girl, in walking along a plank placed across he stream, became giddy, and fell into it, there being a great flood at the time.

   Th Coroner stated to the Jury he should feel it his duty to recommend the Canal Company to erect a safe wooden bridge across he waste, with proper rails.


Carmarthen Jonas, 26 November 1830

SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE. - On the morning of Saturday last, about six o'clock, the Hero, of this port, George Morgan, master, .  .  .  was proceeding up the bay, when a dreadful gale came on. .  .  .   When the tide had sufficiently receded, they came to the deck, and on looking in the hold, the first object that presented itself to them, was the captain's wife - a lifeless copse. On Tuesday last her remains were interred in Llangain churchyard, near this town.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 December 1830

   A most melancholy accident happened at Hirwaun on the 16th ult.  A poor little boy, son of Thos. Jones, was standing on one of the bridges cover the river Cynon, near the Hirwaun forges, looking at the rapid torrents  rolling beneath him, when the bridge on which he stood gave way, and the poor little fellow Was swept off.  John Morgan, an engineer of he works, plunged immediately after him, into a part of the river so rapid hat an elephant could not have stemmed it; - he succeeded in grasping the boy, but the violence of the torrent forced him from him.

   By his time the man was so battered against the rocks, that he was occasionally seen b y the crow (who ran down the river,) emerging from the torrents covered with blood; - he was then swept against the great Darran below he works, and though every one expected his instant death, he was observed o be alive, and occasionally to cy our for help, which was quite impossible to have afforded him, till he was struck against the arch of the bridge over which he Swansea and Merthyr turnpike road goes, at Hirwaun; here his struggles were ended,    The body of the little boy was found nearly two miles down the river.

   This humane and courageous workman has left a widow and two infant children, to feel the bitter effects of their father's humanity.  Should any individuals whose eye this paragraph may meet, feel disposed to send a trifle for this distressed family, addressed to Mr. Lewis, clerk of the Magistrates, Merthyr, they may rely upon its being most carefully applied.


The Cambrian, 15 January 1831

MELANCHOLY EVENT. - On Monday last, an inquest was held in Swansea before Charles Collins. Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Nicholls, Joseph Buckle, and Griffith Beddow, who were found, on Sunday evening, suffocated in the cabin on a hall-decked boat, lying at anchor in Oxwich Bay.  The unfortunate men had, on Thursday morning, proceeded to sea, for the purpose of dredging for oysters, and after finishing their day's labour they proceeded to Oxwich Bay, to anchor for the night, so as to resume their occupation early on the following morning.  Here,. It is supposed, by the situation of the men when discovered, that the two first-named individuals, after securing the boat and lighting a dire in an old iron pot, laid down to rest, and that the latter, who was found close to the door, instead of remaining at his watch, had also, to shelter himself from the severity of the weather, entered the cabin and shut the door. whereby the death of himself and his companions was occasioned. - Verdict - Found suffocated.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 22 January 1831

   A woman with a child at her breast, went to bed with her husband, in god health, on Tuesday nigh last, at Merthyr, and in the morning, shocking to relate, her husband discovered that she was deaden, and that the child was then sucking at the breast.


The Cambrian, 26 February 1831


   On Saturday last, an inquest was held on the body of a widow named Ann Lane, a resident of Swansea, who was found drowned in Port Tennant Canal. Verdict accordingly.

   On Tuesday last, an inquest was held on the body of Daniel Evans, butcher, who died suddenly on the turn-pike road leading from St. Helen's to Swansea.  Verdict, Died by he visitation of God. This poor man has left a wife and family in the most retched state of destitution and poverty, and it is to be hoped the charitable and humane will take their pitiable case into their consideration.


Carmarthen Journal, 1 April 1831

   The vicinity f Cowbridge evinces a truly melancholy appearance, from the recent loss of the Frolic steamer. .  .  .  The only bodies found up to last Monday, were those of the captain, a boy (supposed to be David Richards,) and a Miss Henderson.

   The melancholy loss of the Frolic steamer packet, from Haverfordwest, to Bristol, has involved several families on great distress. A subscription was immediately entered into by the inhabitants of Haverfordwest, on behalf of the steward (Thomas Richards, who is left with four children, and near her confinement) .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 9 April 1831

THE FRoLIC STEAM-PACKET. - It is a singular act that the body of the unfortunate Miss Henderson is the only one that has been washed ashore out of the wreck of the Frolic steam-packet. .  .  . 


Carmarthen Journal., 20 May 1831

SUDDEN DEATH. - Last week Thomas Christopher, one of the Pembrey pilots, when cruising on the look out for vessels bound into that harbour, died suddenly in his boat. The deceased was a man very generally respected for his many good qualities.


The Cambrian, 21 May 1841

INFANICIDE. - An inquest was held in Swansea, on Saturday, and continued by adjournment to Monday and Wednesday last, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a new-born female child, who was fund buried in a garden belonging to the dwelling-house of Thos. Gibbs, of Hills, in the parish of Ilston, Gower. From the evidence adduced, it appeared, that Catherine Badger, single woman, a servant residing with Gibbs, had been observed by the neighbours to be with child, and about three weeks ago, complained of being unwell, but denied positively that she was pregnant., though accused of being in that state.  She continued ailing for several days, and on her re-appearance on Sunday, the 8th instant, her altered form convinced the neighbours that she had been delivered, but still she denied the charge, and stated that her case was of a dropsical nature, and that she had been much relieved by the ejection of a great quantity of water from her stomach.

   The affair having reached the ears o a  Magistrate in the neighbourhood, the suspected woman was apprehended, the garden searched, and the body of the child (which the evidence of the medical gentlemen went to prove was born alive) was found buried about eighteen inches deep.  These and other criminatory circumstances being proved before the Coroner, the unnatural mother thin admitted that she had given birth to a child, and that immediately after, John Bennett, the father of the child, who was her fellow servant, came into the room, took it away, and that she never saw it.  There were also several circumstances proved before the Coroner, tending to shew the guilty knowledge of T. Gibbs in the transaction before and after the birth; and the Jury, after a very patient investigation, the inquest having, as we have above stated, been twice adjourned, returned a unanimous verdict of Wilful Murder against the said Catherine badger, Thos. Gibbs, and John Bennett.  The two former have been committed to the County Gaol, to take their trial at the next Assizes; but Bennett had absconded.

   On Sunday morning last, the dreadful crime of infanticide was perpetrated by a woman named Catherine Gwyn residing at Pontcanna, near Cardiff.  It appears that the unfortunate creature had been some time laboring under an aberration of intellect, and had consequently been under restraint. - During the temporary absence of her husband, she contrived to disengage herself from the cords with which she had been secured, and with a common table-knife completely severed the head from the body of an infant, scarcely ten weeks old.  After completing the work of destruction, she placed the head upon the table, and attempted to seize another child of her's for the same purpose.  The child's screams brought a man, who was passing by, to her assistance, and she was fortunately rescued from the maniac's grasp.  An examination took place on Monday, before Walter Coffin, Esq. and she now stands fully committed to Cardiff Gaol, till the forms of law decree her to some asylum for life.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 June 1831

   A leading article in the Morning Herald of Tuesday last contains some remarks in reference to the late proceedings at Merthyr Tydfil, which, as they are calculated to excite unfounded prejudices against individuals, who really deserve well of their country, we shall take the liberty to quote and commend upon.  The article is as follows-

   We are slow to believe the report that the bodies of the unfortunate men who have perished by the fire of the military at Merthyr Tydfil have been buried without the ceremony of a coroner's inquest.


The Cambrian, 25 June 1831

THE MERTHYR RIITS - INQUESTS. .  .  .   An express having been sent to Swansea for T. Thomas, Esq. Coroner, returned with the information that Mr. Thomas was in London, Evan Thomas, Esq. the Chairman of the Carmarthen Sessions, at the request of the principal inhabitants, commenced last week an investigation, by way of inquest, on the death of John Hughes, one of the persons killed before the Castle-inn, on the 3d inst., before the following respectable Jury: - [lists names.].  .  .   The Jury. -  We unanimously find that John Hughes came to his death by a musket-shot fired by a soldier of his Majesty's 93d regiment, whose name is to the Jury unknown, and that it was Justifiable Homicide.

   On Sunday evening last, the Coroner, T. Thomas, Esq. who had been sent for, by express, from London, arrived at Merthyr; and on the Monday morning issued his warrant for the disinterment of one of the bodies of the persons who had fallen in the late tumult; and soon afterwards the following respectable Jury was convened at the Castle Inn: - [Lists names.].  .  . 

   About ix o'clock on the evening of Tuesday the Jury retired for a short time, and returned the following verdict:- We unanimously agree, that John Hughes came to his death by a un shot wound from some one of the military unknown.  Our verdict if Excusable Homicide.

   At the conclusion of the proceedings in the above inquest, the Coroner received intimation that a man, named Rowland Thomas, in the service of Wm. Perkins, Esq. solicitor, had just died from the effects of a musket shot in the thigh, a little above the knee. The Coroner immediately issued his warrant for a fresh Jury, to appear at eight o'clock on the following morning. 

   It appeared in the course of the evidence adduced (which for want of room we are compelled to defer to out next), that the deceased had taken no part in the proceedings of the rioters, but had merely, from motives of curiosity, gone too near the scene of action before the firing had entirely subsided, and picked up the cap of one of the soldiers, which had been lost during the straggle, and thereby received the short before described.  The Jury retired at five o'clock in the evening, and, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict of Excusable Homicide.


   Owen Davis, a Merthyr workman, 58 years of age, was so dreadfully shocked at the Riots there on the 3d inst. that he has been raving mad ever since.  He is a parishioner of Llandisilio, Cardiganshire.


The Cambrian, 2 July 1831


Detailed report of inquest on Rowland Thomas, above.


The Cambrian, 2 July 1`831

On Tuesday last, at Ynysygerwn, near Neath, a dog was discovered carrying the thigh and leg of an infant in his mouth, and all attempts to discover the remains of the body have hitherto been unavailing.

   On Sunday, the 19th ult. A body, supposed to be one of the unfortunate passengers in the Frolic steam-packet, was found on the coast near Porthkerry, where it was interred the same evening.  It was the body of a man but in a very decomposed sate: the extremities were off, the thighs much swollen and discoloured, and the upper part of the body a mere skeleton.  There was a piece of flannel pinned round the throat, and the waistband of the trowsers was still on, appearing to be of fustian, with one of the bracer buttons in front white, the other black.  The body must have been thrown up the preceding spring tide, which was on the Saturday week previous, as it was found at high water mark, but being in a retired spot it was not discovered till that morning.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 July 1831


On the 5th inst. .  .  .  and, on the same day, was accidentally drowned at the Gnol, Charlotte Jane, second daughter of Capt. William Warde, of the East India Company's service, aged 12 years.


The Cambrian, 3 September 1831

   A poor woman was burnt to death at Lisworney, in this county last week.  She had been left alone in the house while her sister went to Cowbridge market, and who on her return found her extended across the hearth and burnt in a most shocking manner. The poor creature was subject to fits, and is supposed to have fallen into one of them.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 17 September 1831

FATAL ACCIDENT - On Saturday last, inquisitions were taken before C. Collins, Esq. Coroner, at the Pentre, near the town, on the bodies of four men and two boys, namely, David Hugh, John Thomas, John David, Rees and John Richard, and Edward Rees, colliers - who were unfortunately killed in the Aberscreech Colliery, belonging to Sir J. Morris and Co. Several of the surviving men were examined, but it did not appear that any blame or neglect was attributable to the agent of the colliery, and a verdict of Accidental Death was returned to each case.   We understand that the workmen in this, as well as several other collieries in the neighbourhood, decline the use of the Davy Lamp, and to their obstinacy in this respect, no doubt, is to be attributed the fatal occurrence. - Cambrian.


The Cambrian, 17 September 1831

SUICIDE. - On Saturday the 10th instant, an Inquisition was taken before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, at Ceven Eithrin, near Clydach, in the parish of Llangafelach, in this county, on view of the body of Lewis Lewis, labourer, who died of apoplexy, induced by suspended respiration. It appeared in evidence, that, on Wednesday the 7th instant, the deceased was discovered suspended by the neck on a tree on Caven Eithrin farm (where he had been working during the harvest) by his handkerchief, which was fastened round is neck and tied to a bough of the tree.  The servant girl at the above farm (who displayed great presence of mind) ascended the tree, and cut the handkerchief in two, when the deceased fell to the ground, and apparently quite dead, but in a few minutes he breathed, and was removed to the farm-house, and Mr. Cook, surgeon, sent for, who bled him, but the deceased became convulsed, and continued speechless until the following Friday, when he died.  The deceased had been in a low desponding state for some time, and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased hung himself in a fit of insanity.


   On Monday last, an Inquisition was taken before the same gentleman, at Morriston, near Swansea, on view of the body of Morgan Griffiths, collier, who was accidentally shot on the Saturday preceding by another man named John Harry.  Harry and the deceased went out for the purpose of shooting partridges, and the dog coming to a scent, Harry cocked his gun, but not finding the birds, they were going over the hedge into another field, and Harry was in the act of uncocking the gun, when it went off, and the contents entered the inside of the deceased's right thigh and came out on the other side, rupturing the femoral artery, and the hemorrhage was so great that he died on the spot in a few minutes. Verdict, Accidental Death.


   On Tuesday last an Inquisutioon was also holden before the same corone, on view of the body of Mrs. Mary Rowlands, a respectable widow, aged 76 years, whi hung herself by a handkerchief to the cross piece of the couple in her bed room, and was not discovered until lufe was extinct.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased's mind had been impaired from age and infirmity, and th jury returned a verdict to that effect.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 December 1831

SUPPOSED INFANICIDE. - On Sunday s'ennight, the body of a new-born infant was found on the banks of the river Taff, about half a mile from Llandaff Bridge, Glamorganshire.  Suspicion having fallen on a single woman in the neighbourhood, of the name of Ann Jones, she was taken up on the following day, and the medical gentlemen who attended being of opinion that she had very recently given birth to a child, which she would not account for, and the body having some marls of violence about the neck, she was, after a careful examination into all the circumstances, committed to gaol by Walter Coffin and John Homfray, Esqrs., for the supposed murder.


The Cambrian, 3 December 1831

CAUTION TO PARENTS. 0 About eight o'clock on Sunday morning last, the piteous cried of a child being heard in this town by a gentleman who was taking an early  walk, he was attracted to the house whence they proceeded; whet he found a little girl about four years old, enveloped in flames, and most horribly burnt. It appeared that she had been left alone in the house by her parents, and had accidentally fallen on the fire.  The little sufferer languished in extreme agony till the following morning, when death put an end to her sufferings.  A Coroner's inquest has since been held on the body, and a verdict of Accidental Death returned.

   A little boy, between two and three years old, whose parents reside in the upper part of this town, was also so severely burnt on Thursday last. By a similar act of incaution, as to occasion his death this morning.  We trust these lamentable cases may operate as a warning to negligent parents.


The Cambrian, 7 January 1832


   On the 3d instant, an inquest was held before Thos. Thomas, Esq., at the Sunderland Bridge public-house, near Cardiff, on the body of Wm. Robert, barge-man.  The deceased and several others had been drinking in the above house, and about six o'clock in the evening, the deceased went out, saying he was going home.  It is supposed he missed his way, and instead of going over the canal bridge (which is within 20 yards of the public-house,) he turned o the right, and fell into the canal.  The body was picked up in about fifteen minutes after, but life was extinct. Verdict, - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 4 February 1832

   The body of Leyson Davies, a farmer of Gower, in this county, whose unaccountable disappearance was noticed in our paper of the 21st ult., was found on Saturday morning last, in some deep mud in our river.  It is now generally supposed that he must have accidentally fallen in. - Verdict - Found Drowned.


The Cambrian, 11 February 1732

   It is expected that the County Court to be held at Bridgend to day, for the election of a Coroner, will be very numerously attended.  The candidates appear confident of success.


The Cambrian, 18 February 1832


   The Election of a Coroner in the stead of Mr. Nicholl Wood, who was removed from his office in consequence of his long absence from the country, took place at an adjourned County Court, held at Bridgend, on the 10th inst.  .  .  .   The usual proclamation was then made, after wich Mr. Reece was declared duly elected. .  .  . 


   On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at the Swansea Infirmary, before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, on the body of David Williams, late seaman on board the sloop Dolphin, of Bristol, Sturt, master.  It appeared that while the vessel was taking in copper at the works of Messrs. Benson and Co. near this town, the deceased was employed in the hold, in trimming the cargo, and that a piece of copper from the barrow of one of the wheelers fell on his head, and so dreadfully fractured his skull, that part of the brain protruded.  He was immediately conveyed to the infirmary, where he died the following morning.  The master attributed not the least blame to the man who was the unfortunate cause of the accident, as from his want of knowledge of the English language, the request of the moment not to tip his barrow until they got out of his way in the old, was not understood by him.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, with a deodand of 5s. on the piece of copper.  The deceased, to whom the master gave an excellent character, was 45 years of age, and has left a widow and seven children at Bristol.


   On Monday night se'nnight two labourers, on their return home from work, were crossing the river Taff in the ferry-boat opposite Taffs Well, in this county, when the rope by which the boat was conducted across, being nearly rotten, suddenly broke while the boat was in the middle of the river.  In consequence of the shock both the men were precipitated into the water, and drowned before any assistance could be rendered them.  Their bodies were not found until the following day, when they were picked up near the mouth of the river.  One of the unfortunate deceasd has left a wife and three children to lament his untimely end.


The Cambrian, 18 February 1832

GUNPOWDER EXPLOSION. - Dreadful Accident. - On Tuesday, at Sirhowy Ironworks, a servant girl, in the employ of Mr. Thomas, who keeps the shop for the supply of the works, intending to thrown some small coals on the boiler fire, took a barrel nearly full of gunpowder, by mistake, and throwing a great portion of it on the fire, the whole exploded, carrying the roof of the brewhouse into the air.  The poor girl was so dreadfully burnt, that she died in a few hours after; and her fellow servant was very seriously injured.



Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 March 1832

SWANSEA, FEB. 28. - A young man, named Hopkins, was this day picked up, distressing to relate, by his own father, under the Western Pier Head.  It is supposed, that in a state of intoxication he must have walked over the Pier, and in the fall have broken his thigh, dislocated his wrist, and laid open the cartilage of his nose, which as the state of the body when found.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, when the jury returned a verdict of found drowned.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 March 1832

   On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at Swansea, before Chas. Collins, Esq. on the body of a young man named Evan Hopkins, a resident in the parish of Clydach, in his county, who was found drowned in our river on the same day. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that the last time the deceased was seen alive was on Saturday evening last, when he was much intoxicated; and from his having his hip and wrist dislocated when found, it was supposed that he must have walked over some part of our pier at low water, where, from the injuries he received, he was incapable of removing himself, and was drowned on the flowing of the tide. Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 10 March 1832

DISTRESSING CASE. - On Saturday last an ibquest was held at Duck's Pool, near Merthyr, by Lewis Reece, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a labourer named Rees Williams, who was killed by the falling of a large stone on his head, while he was at work in one of the mines.  A widow and four children are left to lament his untimely death, and what adds considerably to this distressing circumstance is, that one of the children, afflicted wt a malignant fever, lay in the same wretched room with the deceased, in a state of great destitution; and beyond all hope of recovery.


The Cambrian. 24 March 1832

MELANCHOLY EVENT. - Last Tuesday week, Margaret Morgan, wife of William Morgan, of the town of Cowbridge, labourer, drowned herself in the sea near Aberthaw.  She left her house about half-past seven on Tuesday night; and though every exertion was made by her family and neighbours to find her out, no intelligence was received of her until late on Thursday, when her body was found on the coast near Aberthaw,  An inquest was held by Mr. Lewis Reece on Friday morning, when it appeared that she had for some time past laboured under a painful depression of spirits, occasioned by some family affliction, and a verdict of - Drowned herself while labouring under an aberration of mind, was returned.  She bore the character of an honest industrious woman.



Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 May 1832

ACCIDENT. - (From our Swansea correspondent) - On Monday evening last, about half-past nine o'clock, a serious accident occurred, attended with loss of lives.  As the Palmerston steam-packet, from Bristol, was landing the passengers, for Swansea, outside the piers, in order to save the tide, to proceed to Tenby, a boat belonging to a vessel was pushed off from the shore, with the expectation of earning a few shillings, by two young men, who took the boat without leave: a greater number of passengers got in than the boat could well carry, and being leaky above her usual water mark, she filled and went down, taking three or four persons with her; the remainder were saved.  Three of the bodies have been picked up, and it is said there is a fourth missing.  A coroner's inquest was held, and a verdict of accidental death returned.


The Cambrian, 12 May 1832


[Re Drowning from the Palmerston packet.] .  .  .  The Coroner's inquest which sat on the bodies could only, under the circumstances, bring in a verdict - Accidental Death; but the remarks of the Foreman, on delivering the same, evinced the opinion entertained of the improper conduct practiced, and which had occasioned their meeting in the discharge of so painful a duty. .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 19 May 1832


   On Tuesday last, a fine little boy, about eleven years of age, grandson of Mrs. Davies, of the Cross keys, in this town, while amusing himself on board his uncle's vessel, in the river, fell unobserved overboard, and was drowned.  The child being soon missed, a search was immediately made, and the body found close to the vessel.  Coroner's Verdict - Accidentally Drowned.

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   Inquests were held on Monday last, by Lewis Reece, Esq. Coroner, on the body of William Absolom, a labouring man, found drowned in the Glamorganshire Canal, near Melin Griffith Works' and on that of Evan Morgan, a young man, who was accidentally killed near Pentyrch Works, by the passing of one of the wheels of a cart, on which he was sitting, over his body; and, on Wednesday, an inquest was held at Dowlais, on the body of a man, named Thomas Collins, a young man, who had been rather free with the bottle at Wain Fair, tumbled down the stairs of the public-house, and died almost immediately.  Verdicts accordingly.


The Cambrian, 28 July 1832


Sudden Death. - At the Packet Hotel, Swansea, on Monday morning, about four o'clock, Mr. Davies, a celebrated drawing master of Bath, having foe many years been afflicted by an affection of the heart.  Upon being informed that the Bristol mail was waiting for him, the sudden excitement occasioned a rupture of a blood vessel, and death immediately followed.  Mrs. Davies was present at this distressing scene.


The Cambrian. 4 August 1832


On he 22d ult. suddenly, aged 37 years, Mr. George Benjamin Adney, saddler, &c., Dowlais, near Merthyr.  His death was occasioned by the rupture of a blood vessel in the head, produced by over exertion in raising a sack of flour in his own shop.  He was universally respected and much regretted by al who knew him.


The Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 October 1832

   An inquest was held at Neath, on Tuesday se'nnight, before Thomas Thomas, Esq., coroner, n the body of Mr. David Jenkins, auctioneer, of that town, who met his death in an awfully sudden manner, by a fall from his horse near Baglan, very early on the same morning.  The verdict was of course "accidental death."  He appears to have been instantaneously killed. .  .  . 



The Cambrian, 3 November 1832

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Monday last, an inquest was held at Swansea, before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Thomas Thomas, gardener to David Tennant, Esq. of Pantgwider, who, on Saturday evening last, fell into the cellar of a house intended to be erected in Goat-street, left for several months past in a most dangerous state, and was killed on the spot. The Jury, after some observations from the Coroner on the great impropriety of leaving premises in the centre of a populous town in an insecure condition, returned a verdict of - Accidental Death.  The unfortunate man has left a wife and five children, to whose labour they looked for support


The Cambrian, 17 November 1832


   On the 1st instant, two inquests were held before Charles Collins, Esq. Coroner, viz: on the body of a man unknown, cast in the shore by the sea at Rhossilly sands, and also on the bofy of another man unknown, cast on the shore by the sea at Llangennith sands, and verdicts returned accordingly.  Both bodies were in a very putrid and mutilated state, but from the description of dress partly remaining on each body, they were supposed to have been sailors.

   On the 10th inst. An inquest was holden before the same Coroner, at Pantlasse, in the parish of Llangafe;ach, on the body of David Williams, aged two years, son of John Williams, of that place, who was so severely burnt from his clothes having caught fire during the temporary absence of his mother, that he died in about an hour after the accident. Verdict, Accidental Death; and, on the 13th inst., an inquest was held before the same Gentleman, at Swansea, on the body of Jane Tyer, widow, aged 73; this was an awful case of sudden death.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 December 1832

Swansea, Nov. 28. - Suicide. - A melancholy case of suicide occurred here about one o'clock a.m. Mrs. Am Payne, a respectable inhabitant of this place, it is supposed, in a moment of mental derangement, threw herself into the Swansea Canal, and was found floating on the surface quite dead.  A coroner's inquest has been held on the body, and a verdict returned to the above effect.


Glamorgan Gazette, 1 December 1832

MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE. - We lament to state that on Wednesday morning some labourers proceeding between six and seven o'clock to their employment, in crossing the canal just above the pottery belonging to L. W. Dillwyn, Esq. discovered the body of a female floating in the canal, within the lock.  We are concerned to state that the body proved to be that of Mrs. Mary Payne, a widow lady, of the Society of Friends, highly respected, and possessed of considerable property.  The only cause that can be conjectured for this fatal event, is the shock which she has lately sustained in the sudden loss of two of her female friends by Cholera, at the time when the lady now deceased was on her way to visit them.  Since the shock which she thus sustained, a most disconsolate depression if spirits, with apparently an alienation of mind, has been observed in Mrs. Payne, who it is supposed must in a paroxysm of mind have quitted her bed during the night, as her daughter, a young lady aged eighteen was undisturbed.  The unfortunate lady when found had on her nightgown and cloak.  An inquest was yesterday held, the verdict on which may be easily conjectured.


Glamorgan Gazette, 8 December 1832

CARDIFF. - FATAL ACCIDENT. - On the night of Friday, the 30th ult., one of Mr. Coffin's coal barges was accidentally run down by a trading vessel in the canal bason, at Cardiff.  The barge immediately sunk, and a poor vagrant boy, who had been permitted to sleep at night in the cabin, was drowned.


   A poor man, of the name of Thomas Lottwigg, about 65 years of age, who resided at the Pentre, near this place, was found dead on Wednesday week, in a shed appropriated for the purpose of preparing the stones used in completing the alterations at the pier.  It is supposed, from the position in which he was found (sitting nearly upright, on some of the stones in one corner of the shed), and from a severe cut on the temples, that during the very heavy gales experienced here that evening, he must have been blown into the harbour when collecting his tools to leave work, and must have managed to get up the slip and reach the shed, where he expired from the loss of blood and want of assistance.


Glamorgan Gazette, 8 December 1832

   On Tuesday the 27th ult., Mary Hopkin aged 18, the daughter of a miner at the Aberdare Iron Works, was found drowned in the Llwydcoed Water Course.  She was subject to epileptic fits and it is suppose was attacked with one while filling her pail.  The depth of the water was not more than two feet, and not four yards across.  An inquest was held on the following day by Lewis Reece, Esq. coroner.  Verdict, Accidental death.


   On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Boar's Head, Merthyr, before Lewis Rees, Esq. of Cardiff, coroner and a respectable jury, on the body of Evan Rees, aged 13, son of Stephen Rees, a fireman at Penydarran. It appeared that the deceased was on Saturday last at Penydarran, when two tram wagons loaded with coal "got wild," and the deceased endeavoured to stop the horses, when his foot slipped, and he wheels of the wagon passed over his head with such violence, that being narrow and made of iron, it literally severed the upper part of the head of the unfortunate youth, and cast it to a considerable distance. - Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On the same day an inquest was held at the Talbot Inn, before the same gentleman, on the body of Elizabeth Edmunds, landlord of the Talbot.  It was shown that the servant had just filled the tea-pot with boiling water, when the deceased drew it towards her, and in doing so turned the whole contents upon herself, and was so dreadfully scalded as to cause her death, - Accidental Death.


Glamorgan Gazette, 22 December 1832

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Friday the 14th instant, an inquest was held by Joseph Stephen Powell, Esq., Coroner for the borough of Kenfig, on the body of David Powell, a lad about 14 years of age, who was found dead on the preceding day in the Sand Banks, westward of Kenfig church.  The deceased had been missing since Tuesday, and no search was made for him, as his parents had concluded by his not returning before night, that he had gone to see his brother and relatives residing at Llangonoyd.  However, on Thursday morning, as a person was accidentally passing across the Burrows, he saw one leg protruding, whilst the rest of the body was totally covered with sand.  It appeared by the evidence given on the inquest, that the deceased had gone to dig for rabbits, and whilst in the act of stooping down in order to find in what direction the hole went, a large mass of sand fell upon him, by which he was suffocated. - Verdict, Accidental death.


   On Thursday week, about 6 o'clock in the evening, a farmer named William Lewis, who was riding in a ram waggon, near Duffryn Works, got down from the wagon to light his pipe, when unfortunately, in endeavouring to resume his seat, his foot slipt, and he fell, the wagon passing first over his arm, and then over both his thighs.  The arm of the unfortunate man was crushed, and the thighs lacerated in a most dreadful manner, and although the surgical skill and attention of Mr.  Russell were assiduously exerted, he expired on Saturday morning, leaving a widow and family to deplore their loss.


The Cambrian, 29 December 1832

MURDER. - On the 9th inst., the corpse of a young woman, named Eleanor Williams, was discovered in the well o a farm yard in the parish of Llangafelach, with her skull fractured, and other marks of great violence; and at an inquest held before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, the Jury, after a very patient investigation, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown. -- Several suspicious circumstances have however transpired, which it is not thought prudent at present to publish, and every exertion id making in the neighbourhood to bring the foul assassin to justice.


Glamorgan Gazette, 29 December 1832

SWANSEA. On Sunday morning last, the body of a poor man, named Griffith Harry, 22 years of age, was found near the Pier Head, supposed to have fallen in the river on Saturday night, when in a state of intoxication, having been drinking at a public-house that evening with two of his companions.  When found the body was much bruised, one eye being completely cut out, and otherwise greatly disfigured.  We understand the deceased was a coal-driver at one of the collieries in the neighbourhood of Morristown, and bore an excellent character for honesty and industry, and is said to have been the chief support of an aged father and mother, by whom his loss will be severely felt.


Glamorgan Gazette, 29 December 1832

AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH. - On Saturday, the 22d instant, Mr. Thomas Edwards, of Tynewydd, Ystradyvodwg left his house in the morning, on foot, for Merthy.  On his return he called at Gadlys, Aberdare, the residence of his cousin, G. H. Morgan, Esq., and was with much difficulty (being a man of remarkably abstemious habits) prevailed on to take two glasses of wine.  About twenty minutes after four he left Gadlys, and, to shorten his journey, quitted the road, to cross the mountains towards his home.  His cousin offered to lend him a horse, but he preferred walking.  He went by way of Cwmdare, and his servant, who was also in Abedare, went by way of Rhiw Merthyr.  Not arriving that night at Tynewydd, his servants were much alarmed, and on the following morning came to Gadlys to see if their master had slept there.  His relations at Gadlys then became seriously alarmed, and, accompanied by some friends, proceeded in search of their relative.  They searched the Blaenrhondda Hills and the Bwllffa Bog in vain, on Sunday.  On Monday he 24th, the unfortunate gentleman was found lying on his face on one of the little black peat patches so common in those hills, and that part of Cefn Tynewydd, between the Carn and his own house, and not more than a mile from the latter.  The whole of the face was covered with the soft black mud, which, being washed by the rain-water, was gradually increasing, and in one day more would have entirely covered the body.  It is supposed that he was taken suddenly faint, whether from, fatigue or some other cause, and that in this state he fell into the peat, which had actually smothered him.  The nigh was foggy, and accompanied by a thick sleety mist.  He was a remarkably fine man, of great strength, and in full health when he left Gadlys.  He was in his 49th year, of most retired habits, but universally beloved and respected.


Glamorgan Gazette, 26 January 1833

SHOCKING ACCIDENT. - We lament to state that Mr. William Evans, formerly landlord of the Royal Oak, in this town, died in a most shocking manner, on Monday, in consequence of a fall of stone in the levels at Cyfarthfa works, by which he was crushed to death.


Glamorgan Gazette, 2 February 1833

   On Thursday evening, about ten o'clock, a little girl belonging to the family at the Cross Keys, Cardiff, being for a few minutes left alone in the room, approached so nearly to the grate that her clothes caught fire, and, notwithstanding able medical assistance was promptly applied, she expired that night.  Numbers of similar misfortunes have recently occurred, which ought to operate as a most serious warning to parents.


Cambrian, 9 February 1833

FATAL ACCIDENT. - About nine o'clock on Wednesday evening last, as Thomas Cox, who had been acting as the tide-waiter on board the brig Star, of Montrose, now in Swansea river, was proceeding on shore with a cloak under his arm, on stepping on the gangway, his foot slipped, and her fell into the water between the vessel and the wharf.  Every exertion was made to save the poor fellow, but which (as the night was dark, and the tide running at the rate of five miles an hour at the time), proved unsuccessful.,  It is supposed that he must have been rendered insensible by the blow he received in falling against the wharf.  The body was picked up on the following morning, and an inquest was held on the same before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

DISTRESSING CIRCUMSTANCE. - A most distressing occurrence took place at Cardiff on Saturday morning last.  Mr. James Vaughan, a very respectable young man, aged 21, and a drawing-master by profession, threw himself from one of the abutments of Cardiff bridge into the river Taff, which was very much swollen by the rain of the preceding day, and was immediately whirled away by the impetuosity of the current, far out of the reach of all human aid.  He was seen to throw himself in by several persons coming to the market, and although every effort was made to arrest the body ere it was carried out to sea, they were utterly unavailing.  The unfortunate young man was once observed upon the surface, a considerable distance from the bridge, and then totally disappeared.  It is imagined, that lack of encouragement in his professional pursuits, had occasioned a degree of continued melancholy, and that, in a moment of temporary derangement, he committed the act, which has plunged his relatives and friends into the most heart-rending grief and distress.  As a drawing-master, he possessed a very respectable portion of talent; he was utterly exempt from vice and extravagance of every kind, his wants were few, but even those, it is now feared, were but scantily supplied.  Well may it be said of him, in the language of Beattie: [verse follows.]


Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 February 1833

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Thursday se'nnight, as Daniel Williams, a boatman, of Eglwysilan, was sailing in his boat in the Canal Basin in the Glamorganshire Canal, a cable of a schooner which was passing struck him off his boat, and he was instantly killed; he had long resided at Coedpenmaen, near Newbridge.  He has left a widow and a helpless family to lament his loss.

   AWFUL EFFECTS OF DRUNKENNESS. - On Monday se'nnight a strict investigation was made into the circumstances connected with the violent death of William James, a miner, at Gellygaer, Glamorganshire.  It appeared from the evidence of several witnesses who were examined in the presence of the Rev. T. Stacey, Rector of Gellygaer, and the Coroner, Lewis Reece, Esq., that the deceased, on the morning of Wednesday, the 30th of January being very much intoxicated, induced a young man of his acquaintance to accompany him to a field in the neighbourhood, for the purpose of having a boxing match.  The deceased, aiming a violent blow at his companion, who turned out of the way to evade it, fell with great force upon some rough ground, when a sharp stake entered just below his left eye, and caused a mortification of the brain, which on the following Friday terminated his existence.  The deceased was a man of very sober habits, and it is therefore hope that this lamentable occurrence will prove a warning against even a solitary indulgence in excessive drinking.  No blame attaches to the person who was the unfortunate but innocent cause of this accident.

   On the evening of the 5th instant, the body of a female infant was found sewed up in flannel in a pond near Monkmore, within Bye-street-gate, Hereford. An inquest was held the following day, and the Jury returned a verdict - Found Drowned. There were no marks of violence on the body.


Cambrian, 16 February 1833

SUICIDE. - An inquest was held at Neath, On Wednesday last,  by Thos. Thomas, Esq., Coroner, on the body of John Williams (commonly called John Prussia), aged 64, who violently terminated his life at an early hour that morning, but cutting his throat with a razor.  The unfortunate man was greatly depressed by the death of an excellent wife, who was carried off by cholera a few months ago; and he has never recovered his spirits since her loss.  He was quite alone in the house when he committed the fatal act, his two younger sons, who lived with him, having gone to their work, after seeing their father rise, apparently in his usual health, but who, on their return to breakfast about eight o'clock, found their unfortunate parent upstairs, lying on the floor, which was covered with blood, and a razor lying by his side.  From the evidence of Mr. Powell, a medical gentleman, it appeared that his life was almost extinct when he arrived, and that the jugular vein and wind-pipe were partially cut, and from the great loss of blood, he believed the carotid artery also.  The jury unhesitatingly brought in a verdict of - Temporary Derangement.


Glamorgan Gazette, 16 February 1833

SWANSEA. On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Barnstaple Inn, before Charles Collins, Esq., coroner, on the body of a seaman, belonging to a vessel from Bridgewater, found drowned near the Quay Hotel. It is supposed that the unfortunate young man must have fallen between the Quay and the vessel, in endeavouring to get on board, on Sunday night. - Verdict, found drowned.


Cambrian, 2 March 1833


   For the last three weeks, we have had a series of blowing weather, which, we regret to state, has proved fatal to many vessels and their crews; but on Tuesday night and Wednesday last, we experienced a perfect hurricane.  .  .  .     The schooner Francis Anne, of Padstow, Trebleneck, master, from Swansea to St. Ives, laden with coals, foundered, and was seen sinking, near the Green Grounds in Swansea Bay. - The crew, consisting of six men, and four passengers all perished, - among the latter was a young man who was returning from Haverfordwest, where he had been to bury his father or a near relative.  The bodies have not yet been found.  .  . 



Cambrian, 2 March 1833

AWFUL ACCIDENT. - Wednesday night, about five o'clock, during the tremendous gale of wind, a stack of chimneys on the house of Mr. Needham, agent to the Beaufort Iron Works, was blown down, and, crushing the roof to atom as it fell, killed a woman who was pregnant, and very severely injured Mr. Needham and the servant.


   William Evans, aged 18, arraigned on the Coroner's inquest with the manslaughter of John Reynolds, of Neath.  .  .  also acquitted.


Glamorgan Gazette, 9 March 1833


   Not a day passes but two or three of the bodies of the unfortunate seamen, wrecked in the late gales, are picked up, on some part or other of our coast, much to the satisfaction of their families and friends.  The master, his son, and one or two of the crew, belonging to the Francis Ann, are among the number.

[CARDIFF.]  The body of Mr. Vaughan, who drowned himself here on the 2nd February, was picked up in Penarth Roads on Saturday the 2nd inst., unmutilated, and buried at Whitchurch on Sunday.

   On Wednesday week, the body of a seaman was washed on shire on the beach between the Pier and the House of Industry, supposed to be one of the unfortunate crew of the Francis Ann, sunk in the bay in the late gales.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Friday last, a labourer named Owen Williams, who was pursuing his occupation in one of the levels at Dowlais, was unfortunately crushed by a heavy fall of coal.  Some other labourers extricated him as speedily as possible from his dreadful situation, but he was barely able to articulate a few words, when he expired.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 19 March 1833

AWFUL EFFECT OF INTOXICATION. - On Sunday evening last, a forge carpenter of the name of David Thomas, about 50 years of age, in the employment of Messrs. Crawshay, of Cyfarthfa iron works, was returning home from Merthyr, where he had been drinking during the day, when he staggered over a precipice on the road side, and fell into the river which runs close to the Cyfarthfa Forges and was drowned.  Prompt assistance was procured, but the body was not recovered till four hours had elapsed, which of course any attempts to restore animation must have been hopeless.  It appears that a companion left Merthyr with the deceased, and observing his perilous situation, earnestly begged him to walk on the other side of the road, but with the recklessness and obstinacy usually the concomitant of ebriety, he refused to listen to the prudent council.  The result has been told, and it is hoped the melancholy death of this man will operate as a warning to others who are in the habit of spending in debauchery on the Sabbath a large portion of the wages for their weekly toil.

    On Friday se'nnight Mr. W. Went, who for many years was employed as a writer to legal gentlemen in Hereford, cut his throat with a razor, and died in consequence of the rash act on Saturday morning.  In the evening of that day an inquest was held on the body, before G. Bonner, Esq., coroner, when it appeared, the deceased, who was 72 years old, had for some time been unwell and in a low way, and had perpetrated the deed in a privy, where he was discovered by his wife, and notwithstanding the promptest medical assistance, he died from loss of blood, at six on Saturday morning. - Verdict - Insanity.


Glamorgan Gazette, 6 April 1833

BEER HOUSES. - Early in the morning of Tuesday the 2nd inst., two men (William Williams and David Morgan) in the employ of the Aberdare Iron Company went out to fight from the beer house, kept by Thomas Richard Williams, at Heol y Velin, Aberdare, both perfectly drunk; they had scarcely grappled each other when Wm. Williams fell down dead. He was the son of Evan Williams, of Llwydcoed, a respectable farmer at Aberdare.  Morgan was immediately taken in to custody to await the result of the coroner's inquest; but, the learned gentleman being in Ireland, the body of the deceased, by direction of a jury of the most respectable inhabitants, has been opened by Mr. Forest and Mr. Evans, surgeons.  These gentlemen pronounce that the death certainly proceeded from apoplexy, and Morgan has [couse] quietly been admitted to bail. The mother of this Morgan had been at the beer house, at five in the morning, endeavouring, but in vain, to get her son away from that "sink of perdition."  .  .  . 


Cambrian, 13 April 1833

DIED. - On the 8th inst., at Tynycaia, St. Bride's Major, in this county, John Pearce Martin, Esq., formerly of Calcutta, and latterly of Cheltenham.  His death was occasioned buy over exertion to extinguish a fire caused by the carelessness of a servant man in one of the bed-chambers, in which he succeeded; but the effects of the heated air and subsequently exposure to cold, produced a rapid inflammation of the lungs as to baffle the skill of medical assistance.  In him were blended all the virtues of the husband, the citizen, and the Christian.


Glamorgan Gazette, 13 April 1833

ATROCIOUS MURDER. - The following is currently reported in this town.  As a young woman, who had been a servant in this town, was going to a relation at Merthyr Tydfil, she was overtaken between Neath and the former place by two soldiers, who proposed to carry two bundles which she had, to which she consented.  Having arrived at a public house on the road, the soldiers, learning that she was proceeding onwards, invited her to partake of their generosity; shortly afterwards she proceeded on her way alone.  The soldiers after her departure, saw two Italians entering the public house, with the identical bundles they carried for the young woman, who they suspected had been robbed; but, on proceeding on the road, they found the body with the head completely severed from it. - Welshman (published at Carmarthen.) - FUDGE.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 April 1833

A BODY FOUND. - On Friday evening last, a body was seen floating up the river at Britton ferry, near Neath, and, when brought on shore, appeared to have been in the water some time; on searching the pockets, a small black bag was found, containing thirteen shillings and three halfpence, with a pair of spectacles, a comb, a short pipe, and a small tobacco box.  On the upper part of the head were two cuts, one above the other, the hair was dark, with sandy coloured whiskers.  The body was dressed in a black coat and waistcoat, a drill trowsers, striped shirt, and grey woolen stockings, and had on strong shoes. A coffin was procured, and the body place therein, which, after a proper examination of the parties who had taken the same from the river, was interred in Britton ferry churchyard.


Glamorgan Gazette, 4 May 1833

   INQUEST. - On Thursday last, an inquest was held at Dowlais, on the body of Thomas Davies, collier, who was killed by the falling in of a roof.  It appeared, by the evidence of William Phillips, that the deceased was in the habit of remaining at work, in the level, until a late hour, and very frequently by himself.  Three witnesses stated that they called to Davies, previous to leaving their work, to "come along," deceased made answer, that he should stop to make up for some time he had lost in the morning; they further stated, there is no blame whatever attached to the coal agent, Mr. Williams, who has the colliery well supplied with timber, but unfortunately deceased neglected to prop the part which fell in.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, with a request that men would not work in such dangerous places at work, in future alone.

   FATAL ACCIDENT. - A little girl, twelve years of age, met her death on Wednesday at Llanfihangel Mill, near Pyle, from throwing a cord twisted round her body across a strap connected with the machinery.  She was literally crushed to pieces.


Cambrian, 8 June 1833

   FATAL ACCIDENT. - As the servant of Mr. Samuel Howels, of Mount Pleasant, near Cowbridge, was returning from Wenvoe with a cart on Tuesday evening, he was accompanied with a servant of Mr. Hand, a Butcher, of Cardiff.  They both rode in the cart, and by some means or other Hand's servant fell out, the wheel went over his head and killed him on the spot, and Mr. Howel's servant fell over after him, and had his arm broken, and was very much bruised in other respects.  They are supposed to have been much intoxicated at the time.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 July 1833

   Committed to Cardiff gaol, the 16th July,  .  .  .  On the same day, John Edwards was held to bail for killing in a fight William Treharne, at Heolygorrig, near Merthyr; the quarrel arose after a pitched battle between Will. Ramoon, a noted blackguard, and John Jenkins.  From the evidence, it appeared that the prisoner behaved with greater forbearance; blame is attached to the coroner for his non-attendance.  Mr. Bruce, the worthy magistrate, exerted himself to the utmost, in investigating the circumstances.


Cambrian, 17 August 1833

  SHOCKING ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday last, Wm. Hopkins,  a lad about 15 years of age, and several others, in returning from their work at the Church-pit Colliery, near this town, got upon the locomotive engine belonging to H. Smith, Esq., and when near his home - the machine proceeding at the rate of 12 miles an hour - the lad jumped on the forepart, and fell on the rails, when the wheels passed over one of his legs below the knee, and over the other below the ankle, nearly separating the parts.  Amputation of the lacerated limbs was immediately performed by Mr. Terry, the surgeon to the works, and the unfortunate lad bids fair to survive the dreadful accident.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday evening last, as the Regulator post-coach from Carmarthen was proceeding, at the usual rate, through High-street, in this town, a little girl, about six years of age (the daughter of a laboring man), in playing with another child, unfortunately came in contact with the splinter-bar of the coach, by which she was knocked down, and the wheels passing over her, she was killed on the spot.  An inquest was held on the body, before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, when it appeared in evidence, that not the slightest blame was attached to the coachman, and a verdict of accidental death was returned, wily a deodand of 5s. on the coach.


Glamorgan Gazette, 17 August 1833

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday last an inquest was held before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, for the county, on the body of Elizabeth Morgan, a little girl six years of age, whose father is a  workman in the Swansea Copper Works, and who was run over by the Regulator, Carmarthen and Swansea Coach, near the Greenhlll Turnpike Gate.  It appeared that the deceased, with her sister, on their return home from the Infant School, were paying in the road when the accident happened, and the wheels went over the neck of the deceased, causing her instant death.  From the testimony of the witnesses it appeared that no blame attached to the coachman. - Verdict, Accidental Death, with a deodand of 5s. on the wheels of the coach.


Glamorgan Gazette, 14 September 1833

   Thursday a Coroner's Inquest was held by Lewis Reece, Esq., Coroner, on the body of Lewis Jones, aged 15, who was killed on the 11th instant, at Cyfarthfa mine works, by a heavy stoner which fell on the back of his neck, while he was at his work, and he was instantly killed.  Verdict - Accidental death.

   We are sorry to state that John and Nathaniel, two of the three sons of John Lovatt, collier, Plymouth works, who were burnt do dreadfully by an explosion of foul air (as recorded in our paper of the 31st ult.) died a few days ago, and the third is hourly expected to die.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 5 October 1833

   NEATH. - SHOCKING DEATH. - On Tuesday last a poor woman was crossing the road, when four of the trams of the Forchdwn Company rapidly came up, and as she unfortunately fell in endeavouring to get away, they passed over her and she was killed on the spot.


Cambrian, 26 October 1833

   INQUESTS held before Chas. Collins, Esq., Coroner for the liberty of Gower.

   On the 11th inst., at Swansea, on the body of Thomas Phillips, late cartman in the employ of Messrs. Rolls, brewers, who was killed by the wheel of the dray going over him.  Verdict - Accidental Death, with a deodand of 2s. 6d. on the wheel.  The particulars of this accident, we noticed in our paper of the 12th inst.

   On the 12th inst., at Penllegare, on the body of Chas. Williams, waggoner, in the employ of John Dillwyn Llewellyn, Esq., who died suddenly whilst at work on the farm.  The deceased was much respected, and had been employed by the Pemllegare family for the last 30 years.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

   On the same day, at Greenhill, Swansea, on the body of George Davies, age eleven years.  The deceased was employed with his brother in conducting a barge down the Swansea Canal, and fell into one of the locks near Clydach, while opening it for the barge to enter.  Verdict - Accidentally Drowned.

   On the 21st inst., at Swansea, on the body of Joseph Griffiths, aged 13, also employed in conducting the barges on the Swansea Canal, who met his death by falling into the first lock of the Canal, in a similar  way to the last-named deceased. It appeared in evidence that the body had not been in the water above twelve minutes, and that the persons conveying it to the nearest public-house, the Griffin, on the Strand, were refused admittance into the house, the door being locked against them.  It was then taken to the father's house, which was a considerable distance from the Griffin, where remedies were resorted to to erndeavour to restore animation, but unsuccessfully, and the jury strongly censured the unfeeling conduct of the publican, ass there was a probability, that if means had been resorted to earlier, life might have been restored. Verdict - Accidentally Drowned.

   On the 24th inst. at Maesygellywen, Llangafelch, on the body of Thomas Williams, a cartman in the employ of Mdessrs. Williams, Foster, and co., of the Rose Copper Works.  It appeared that the deceased and the witness, John Lewis, were returning from Neath, with a cart of empty casks, and were riding on the cart.  When near Gwernllwynwith, some of the casks rolled off, when the deceased and Lewis got down to replace them; after which Lewis again got on the cart, and asked the deceased to get up, who replied, "go on, I will come up directly," and the cart moved on.  When the cart had proceeded about 100 yards farther, the deceased, in attempting to get on the cart, fell to the ground, and one of the wheels passing over his neck and head he was killed on the spot.  Verdict - Accidental Death, with a deodand of 1s. on the wheel.


Cambrian. 2 November 1833

   MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT- On Thursday last an inquest was held before C. Collins, Esq., Coroner, and a most respectable jury, Richard Rees, Esq., of Gellygron, foreman, on view of the body of Gwenllian Herbert, a servant girl in the employ of Mr. William Davies, Fforchegel, in the parish of Languike, in this county, farmer; when it appeared, that on Saturday, the 19th ult. about eight o'clock in the morning, a lad of the name of Thomas Griffiths, a tailor, who had been working in the house,  took up as gun which was lying in the room, and observing that he had never before seen one with a similar lock - it being on the percussion principle - and that he did not understand how it was let off without a flint, Mr. David, in order to shew him, put a copper cap on the nipple of the lock and snapped it, and the gun, which unfortunately, although unknown to Mr. David, was charged, went off, and the contents entered through the right eye of the deceased who at the time was eating her breakfast) and lodged in the skull. - The deceased after suffering much agony, died on Monday last.  After a very minute investigation into the circumstances, the jury returned the following verdict. "We are unanimously of opinion that the death of the said Gwenllian Herbert was wholly accidental, that it was occasioned by a gun fired off by William David, who at the time was unconscious that the gun was loaded, and we assess a deodand of 5s. on the gun."

      SHOCKING ACCIDENT, - Last week, as a labourer of the name of David Morgan, workman to Mr. Samuel Howels, of Mount-Pleasant, near Cowbridge, met with a very serious accident.  In sliding off a heap of corn in the barn, he unfortunately alighted on the pointed end of the handler of a barley fork, which entered his bowels, carrying with it some straw.  Medical assistance was soon obtained and there are hopes of his recovery.


Glamorgan Gazette, 2 November 1833

   On Monday last Thomas David, a poor little boy of eight years old, while standing near the balance-pit of the Aberdare Ion Co. - slipped off the plates and was precipitated head foremost, a depth of 32 yards.  He was taken out quite dead.  He was Grandson of Mr. William Thomas David, of Abernant-y-groes, a very respectable  freeholder of Aberdare.


Cambrian, 9 November 1833

   Early on Friday morning last, the brig Harmony, of Newport, Robert Thomas, master, bound from Falmouth for Swansea, with copper for Messrs. Vivian, in endeavouring to make this harbor during a thick fog, got on shore at Aberavon sands, where she shortly filled with water.  The crew, six in number, took to the boat, and in attempting to land about Kenfig river, were upset, when two of them, elderly men, were unfortunately drowned.  .  .  . 

   CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Friday last an inquest was held before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, and a most respectable jury, on view of the body of John George, one of the carpenters employed on the bridge now erecting across the river at Loughor, who accidentally fell from the stage where he was working into the river where the water was about twelve feet deep, and was drowned.  Several persons were present, and witnessed the accident, ran to his assistance, but the deceased sank before they reached him.  Every means were resorted to to endeavor to raise the body, but about 40 minutes elapsed before they succeeded, when it was instantly conveyed to the Bush Inn, Loughor, where two medical gentlemen, assisted by Mr. Player and his son, and the landlord and landlady, used every means in their power for nearly two hours, to restore animation, but unsuccessfully.  The deceased was a very fine young man, a native of Shropshire, and about twenty-three years of age.  The jury returned a verdict of Accidentally Drowned, with a vote of thanks to Mr. Player and Mr. Davies, surgeon, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of the Bush Inn, for their humane and prompt exertions in endeavouring to restore animation.


Glamorgan Gazette, 16 November 1833

DREADFUL ACCIDENT, - On Wednesday last, David Morgan, aged 22, a collier, in the employ of Messrs. Hill, while kneeling down to apply his pick-axe to the level, was so dreadfully crushed by the fall of a piece of coal, about two tons in weight, that the bones of his head were nearly flattened! In this horrible condition he lived, however, to be carried by his brother workmen, on a plank, to his father's house, below the Bell, and expired within a minute after reaching that place.


Cambrian, 23 November 1833

   On Monday last an inquest was held by C. Collins, Esq., Coroner, on the body of Abraham Davies, of the New Mill farm, near Swansea, who, about one o'clock on Sunday afternoon, was found drowned nearly opposite the slip of our western pier.  The deceased was last seen alive about eight o'clock on Saturday evening, when, being in a state of intoxication, the landlady of the Six Bells public-house prevailed upon him to leave seven sovereigns, which he had received for pigs in the market, in her possession.  He then left the house, when, it is supposed, in endeavouring to proceed homeward, her mistook his road, and in his progress fell over some part of the quay into the river.  When found he had in his pockets two shillings in silver and sixpence in copper.  Verdict - Found drowned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 November 1833
  Mr. Evan Williams, the younger, of Constown, near Bridgend, in returning from Ogmore village, on Sunday night last, fell off his horse in crossing the river Ogmoire, the tide then being high at the ford, and is supposed to have been drowned; his horse was found on the following morning, with the saddle and bridle on him, grasing near the ford. - Carmarthen Journal.

Cambrian, 7 December 1833

THE LATE GALES. - The body of a sailor, supposed to be a captain, from the articles of dress remaining, was picked up at Aberavon sands, on Monday last, and by the prompt exertions of the Churchwardens and Overseers, conveyed to the parish church-yard, and there decently interred in the "Sailors' corner."

   The barque Endymion, of Whitby, in command of Mr. Fletcher, the chief mate, from Quebec to Liverpool, laden with timber, experienced a heavy gale on the 11th ult. and was struck by a sea which washed overboard the master, Zachariah Garbutt, as well as the carpenter, who both met a watery grave.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

15/12/1838  John Lovecote, Bryn Coch; accidental death in colliery.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

08/04/1839 Nicholas Pentreath, of Margam parish; accidental death, drowned.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

08/04/1839   Joseph Howells, parish of Margam; accidental death.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

08/04/1839   Mary Richards, Velin Vach; suicide, temporary insanity.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

26/04/1839  Willim Williams, Tyr-y-Cwm; By the Visitation of God.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

30/07/1839 Thomas Morgan, of Neath; By Visitation of God.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

25/10/1839  Morgan Thomas, Duffryn Clydach, Accidental death in colliery.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

26/10/1839  Llewellyn Llewellyn, Kilebeill; Accidental death, killed by a tram wagon.


The Cambrian, 4 January 1840


   An inquest was held on Tuesday last, at the Black Horse public-house, Swansea, before C. Collins, Esq. coroner, on the body of J. [John] Francis, labourer, who accidentally met his death the preceding day by falling from the western pier.  It appeared from the evidence adduced, that the deceased was employed in wheeling ballast for the George, of Bideford, then lying about ten feet from the quay wall, that he had just cleared the stage, when his foot slipped, and he fell backward on the mooring chain, dragging the barrow with him, from which, while on the chain, he received a severe below on the head, and both tumbled into the water together.  The deceased was taken out of the water in about a minute, but life was extinct.  A severe below was discovered on the left temple of the deceased, which, with the short time he remained under water, left no doubt but what he was killed by the fall and barrow striking him.  Verdict - Accident Death.

   On the morning of Monday week, a dreadful accident took place at Cyfarthfa Works.  A boy, about fourteen years of age, by taking off the hook which kept together two trams of mortar, containing about three tons each, had his skull so terribly crushed between the two trams, the uppermost of which, after the hook had been removed, immediately slid down (as it stood on a declivity) top the lower; and thus the poor boy's head was caught between them.  He is not expected to live as the injury which his brain has received in irredeemable.


On Wednesday, the 18th ult., an inquest was held at the Angel Inn, Merthyr Tydfil, before William Davies, Esq. Coroner, on the body of an Irish girl, and one of the class of unfortunate females of ill fame, which had been found in the parish pound.  The body bore evident marks of violence, appearing as if the deceased had been strangled.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased had been drinking in a gin ship in company with another girl, and had been afterwards seen in company with two or three men, who were apparently teasing her and dragging her about.  The inquiry lasted until Friday night, when a verdict of Wilful Murder was returned against a young man, named Richard Edwards, who was last seen with her.


Glamorgan Gazette & Merthyr Guardian, 4 January 1840

   An inquest was held on the 26th July., before W. Davies, Esq. coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of John Astons, an old man, 81 years of age, who was found drowned in the watercourse leading from the River Taff to Plymouth iron Works.  There was no evidence to shew how the deceased got into the water.  Verdict - Found drowned.

   An inquest was held afterwards before the same coroner and jury, on the body of John Walcott, who came to his death in the following manner:- Elizabeth Walcott, deceased's wife who was examined, and stated that he was a brewer at Dowlais Inn about a month ago.  Three weeks ago he met with an accident.  The day following the accident he informed her that some men were drinking in the house, and that his master asked him to stay until they had gone; they went away about twelve, and he asked his master if he should stay before the fire instead of going to his lodgings - in Merthyr. He said he went to sleep and that his clothes got on fire.  He cried put but could not make any one hear, and he tore his clothes bit by bit off his back.  Verdict - Died from burning.


The Cambrian, 11 January 1840


An inquest was held on Monday, the 6th inst., before Wm. Morgan, Esq., of Bridgend, Coroner, on the body of Mary Davis, the wife of a highly respectable farmer in the neighbourhood of Clynogwr, who had committed suicide in the following extraordinary manner, according to the evidence adduced.  It appeared that about a month previous to the late Newport Riots a strange man had called at the farm-house, which is situated amongst the hills in a retired situation, with a paper, which he stated that, unless she and all her family would sign to become Chartists, they would rise in a month and take her and all away, and murder them. The man soon left, and on the husband's return, he and his sons were informed of the circumstance, and the deceased appeared to suffer considerably in her mind, and after the breaking out of the Newport Riots, she frequently exclaimed that the man's words had become true, and often urged her husband to leave all and quit the place, lest the Chartists should come and carry him and her sons away.

   She continued to be flighty and wild till Thursday last, the 2d inst., when her husband, who was engaged with a butcher in killing a pig, was called to by one of his daughters, stating that she could not get her mother to come from her bed-room, although she had been down to breakfast.  The husband went up and found the deceased on her knees in the act of praying by her bed-side.  He observed some blood near her: but knowing she had been naturally afflicted with haemorrhage, he thought it was from that cause, and induced het to go to bed, leaving his daughter with her, who shortly afterwards came to him, and stated that she had found a knife near where the deceased had been kneeling, covered with blood; when he told her that he was afraid she had been using a knife against herself, but she returned no answer.  A medical man was sent for, when it was found that she had inflicted a wound on her abdomen, extending five inches in length, so that the intestines protruded.  She lingered till twelve o'clock on Friday, when she died, and about half an hour before her death, she stated that her mind had been bewildered about the Chartists, and that she was tired of the world, and wanted to go to God out of their way.  Verdict, Suicide, whilst in a state of insanity.  No clue could be had to the villain who had called upon the poor woman.



The Cambrian, 1 February 1840


   Yesterday, Anne Owens, late a servant at Killva, in the parish of Llanrhidian (after an investigation which lasted two days), was fully committed for trial at the next assizes, charged with having concealed the birth of her male bastard child.


[This report preceded by several reports of ships lost and men drowned in gale.]

On the 24th instant, an inquest was held before c. Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a man unknown, thrown on shore by the sea in the parish of Llangennith in Gower. B Mr. Rowland Taylor being sworn, stated that about three o'clock on Tuesday evening the 21st instant, he and others were on the Llangennith Cliffs, watching a schooner in distress, which was sailing near the shore; it was blowing a heavy gale from the North West, and the sea was running very high - that she shortly7 afterwards struck on the sands near the Homes, capsized, drifted on the rocks, and immediately went to pieces; that he saw five men on board when she struck, and he afterwards observed one of them clinging to the rigging, and another endeavouring to climb along the mast, which fell towards the shore, and he got close to the rocks, when witness endeavoured to lay hold of him, but a wave washed him off, and he did not see the man again; that the man witness endeavoured to save  was a short stout man, and he believed the body the jury had viewed was the  same.  The hair was of a sandy colour, and he had on a round blue jacket and a part of a shirt, and a belt round the waist.  It further appeared that on a piece of the wreck washed on shore the letters Dol were painted, and a boat was washed on shore the same evening on the sands, about a mile and a half from the place the above4 vessel was wrecked, with the name "Dolphin, of Dartmouth" outside the stern, and "William Wheat key" on the inside.  Verdict, accidentally drowned by being shipwre4cked.

   On the 27th instant, an inquest was held before the same Coroner, at Brynllefrith, Llangafelach, on the body of Margaret Davies, aged 18.  It appeared by the evidence that the deceased had been servant at the above farm for several years, and that on Friday morning, the 24th instant, she went to Velicwm Mill, about a mile and a half distant, for some flour for her master; that she started between nine and ten o'clock that morning in her return from the mill on horseback, with bags under her, when the miller observed to her, that he thought there was too much water in the river to allow her to cross.  She said, "No, I crossed it in coming," and then struck the horse with her stick and trotted off.  There being a turn in the road, the wiriness lost sight of her for a few moments, but followed her to the water side, when he saw her carried away by the stream.  He did not see her fall, and could not say whether she was swept off the horse by the force of the water, or whether the horse stumbled.  It was nearly two hours before the body was recovered.  Verdict, Accidental death.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

15/02/1840  Isaac William., of Neath Ultra' Accidental death.


The Cambrian, 15 February 1840


On the night of Friday the 7th inst., Mr. Anthony Matthews, Relieving Officer, of the Cardiff union, whilst returning home to Canton, fell into a ditch by the roadside near King's Castle, and when withdrawn (which occurred in a very short time) it was discovered that life was extinct.

Diabolical murder.

A most atrocious murder has been committed during the week in this county.  A poor and very old woman had been employed for many years as a letter-carrier between Newbridge and the parts adjacent, and on Wednesday evening she left Newbridge with the letter-bags as usual.  Nothing more was seen or heard of her till the next morning, when her body was found in the river, and upon examination it was found that her head had been most dreadfully beaten, and that she must have been dead before she was thrown into the water.  It would seem that the perpetrator of this horrid deed expected to have obtained a rich booty, as it was the day on which the money (upwards of 2000l. was usually sent up to one of the works to pay the men.  On this occasion, however, it fortunately happened that a special messenger had been sent down and had taken the money with him.  There is not the slightest clue upon which a hope can rest for the discovery of the murderer.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

20/02/1840  John Johnson, Briton Ferry' Accidental death, drowned.


Glamorgan Gazette, 29 February 1840

Inquest. - An inquest was held on the body of the man, which we last week mentioned as having been found at Swansea.  After the evidence had been summed up by Chas. Collins, Esq., coroner, the jury returned their verdict - "A man found bon the sands, supposed to have been left by the tide."


Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 March 1840


On Saturday last, Mr. Smith, of the Glove and Shears, Cardiff, met with an awful visitation.  The deceased went to the market, as was his custom, and was spoken of as being in an unusually good flow of spirits; he was also in various parts of the4b town, chatting to several of his neighbours and friends.  On his return home, between eleven and twelve, he felt rather sick at stomach, and as soon as he reached home, he complained of nausea and sickness - fell down and instantly expired.  Medical assistance was promptly at hand, but the vital spark had fled.  Mr. Smith was robust man, advanced in years, and very corpulent.  It appears a determination of blood to the head was the cause of death.  A coroner's jury, composed of highly respectable men, was impannelled, who returned a verdict of Died of Apoplexy.

   On Thursday, a married woman, named Evans, in a sudden fit jumped into the Canal, at Cardiff, and drowned herself.  It is believed that she lived with her husband, near Mr. Tredwen's ship-yard.  A coroner's inquest had not yet been holden, therefore the nature, or cause of this rash act is not yet known.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

11/03/1840  Thomas Jones, of Neath; Accidnetal death.


Cambrian, 28 March 1840


   On Monday last an inquest was held at Swansea by Chas. Collins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Wm. Kennicott, a labourer at the pipe-works near the town, who was found drowned in an upright position in the Swansea Canal, about six o'clock on the preceding morning.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased had been drinking on the Saturday evening, and had left for his home about ten o'clock; from which it was concluded that he had accidentally fallen into the canal, and a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.

   On the same day another inquest was held by the same gentleman, on the body of Ann Morris, a child about five years of age, the daughter of George Morris, a mason, who resides in the Back-lane, Swansea, who was so dreadfully burnt on Saturday morning, during the temporary absence of her parents, by her clothes taking fire, that she died about twelve o'clock in the evening. Verdict, Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 4 April 1840


   On the 2d instant an inquest was held in this town before Charles Collins, Esq., coroner, on the body of William Boundy, aged 25, shovel-maker at the Millbrook iron Works.  On the previous day the deceased was turning a piece of iron for a fire poker on a lathe, when the ends of his neckerchief, which was hanging over his breast, were caught by the iron while in motion, and by pressing his neck tight up to the resting piece of the lathe, caused strangulation.  No person saw him until it was too late to save his life.  The lathe is worked by a steam-engine.  The deceased was short-sighted, and consequently in working was obliged to bend forward very much.  Verdict, Accidental Death, with a deodand of 1s. on the lathe.

   On the same day, at Swansea, on Thomas Jenkins, aged 47.  Roger Thomas, shipper to the Neath Abbey Coal Company,  deposed that the deceased, on the 1st of April last, came to witness at the Wharf at Port Talbot, and applied for work - that he engaged him to assist in loading vessels.  Between ten and eleven o'clock the same day deceased was employed in pushing the waggons with coal over the stage, and tipping the coal into the vessel; that witness assisted him, as he was not accustomed to the work; that after pushing his last waggon to the end of the stage, and attempting to open the door at the end, he failed, and the waggon tipped over the stage, with the coal in it, and by the sudden jerk the back part of the stage rose up, and the deceased and the waggon were precipitated to the bottom of the dock, a depth of about twenty-four feet, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death, with a deodand of 5s. on the stage.


Cambrian, 11 April 1840

   On the 9th inst., an inquest was held at the King's Head public house, Morriston, near Swansea, before Charles Collins, Esq., coroner, on the body of Richard Davies, aged 11 years, son of Thomas Davies, labourer.  It appeared that the deceased, on the 27th of March last, was employed in hauling barges with coal from the Morriston Colliery to the Rose Copper Works, with the rope from the barge fastened round his shoulders; that an empty barge was coming up against them, and in passing the loaded barge, which the deceased had lowered down for the purpose of allowing the bother barge to pass over it, got entangled in the bows of that barge, and the deceased was pulled into the canal.  He was taken up in a few minutes with his lower jaw dreadfully fractured, and lingered until Tuesday last, when he died from the effects of the injury received.  Verdict, Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 11 April 1840


   C. R. M. Talbot, J. E. Bicheno, Griffith Llewellyn, Richd. Franklen, Esqrs., and Rev. Robert Knight, were appointed a Committee to enquire in to the alleged omission of holding certain inquests in the parish of Margam, and an alleged irregularity in the holding of an inquest in the parish of Coychurch. [See Gazette, 11 April 1840, below.]


Glamorgan Gazette, 11 April 1840


   SIR, - A Correspondent of the Merthyr Guardian, under the signature of "Verax," states in your paper of the 28th ultimo, that "no account of the Coroner's proceedings in regard to the death of a man of the name of Gubbins (not Gibbons,) had appeared in a public print;" "that the public are quite in the dark as to whether the man was murdered or not, and whether the magistrates and constables have done their duty;" and that there are strange rumours afloat with reference to the conduct of the Bridgend authorities."    Now, sir, it appears to me the censure of your friend "Verax" is rather indiscriminately levelled, and without much regard to the signature he assumes.  The case is shortly thus:- on the night of Wednesday the 1st of January last, the deceased Gubbins got into a squabble on the road between Pyle and Newton Down with the accused Thomas Williams, who, having got the worst of the scuffle, rode off, threatening "to be with Gubbins before he got home."

   Gubbins then proceeded with his cart on his way home, till he reaching about a quarter of a mile on the Coychurch side of Bridgend, about 12 o'clock at night, where he was again stopped and most cruelly beaten by three men; the attack was so sudden, and the naught so dark, that at the moment neither he nor his son, (a boy who was with him about the age of 14,) could for certainty identify the parties; the Bridgend policeman, in a very short time came to the assistance of Gubbins attracted by the cries of the boy, who took him to a neighbouring house, and soon after sent him home in his own cart.

   Two days after, on Friday the 3rd of January, Thomas Williams applied to the clerk of the Bridgend magistrates for a summons against Gubbins for the alleged assault at Newton Down, and subsequently on the same day Gubbins also came for a warrant against Williams, whom, from information he had obtained, he then suspected of being the person who, with two others, had made the murderous and cowardly attack upon him.  The cross summonses having been issued as a matter of course, and Gubbins, an extremely strong and powerful man, having in a degree recovered from the primary effects of the bludgeoning, was able to come to Bridgend on the Saturday, where, through the intervention of their friends, the two then met, and the affair was settled without coming before the Magistrates, by Williams paying to Gubbins a sum of money as a compensation for the injuries inflicted on him, and also defraying all the expenses which had been incurred.

   In all these proceedings the two accomplices with Williams, however suspected, were not identified; and the matter not having been brought before the magistrates, they could have nothing to do with the compromise which had been agreed upon between the principals themselves and their mutual friends, and nothing more was heard of the affair for six or seven weeks.  About the middle of February, however, Gubbins, who had for five or six weeks after the attack and compromise, gone to his work as usual, though not with his wonted vigour, became so much worse that he was obliged to give it up, and call in medical advice; it is however to be feared he delayed doing this too long, and on the 4th of March he died of a brain fever, the effect, as pronounced by the surgeon who made a post mortem examination of the body, of the violent blows which had been inflected on his head.

   On Thursday the 5th March, the day after Gubbin's death, the coroner who was attending the assizes at Swansea, having been apprized of the event in the usual way, fixed the following Monday for holding the inquest, and in the mean time, directed a post mortem examination to be made on the body; the inquest was opened on the day fixed, and, doubtless for sufficient reasons was subsequently adjourned for a fortnight, during which time I can venture to assert that neither "the magistrates," "the constables," or "the Bridgend authorities," were neglectful of their duty bin endeavouring to sift the matter; and on the day of the adjourned inquest held at Coychurch, one of the magistrates, having learnt that the accused had obtained the assistance of an able professional gentleman for his defence, and that the widow and family of the deceased were likely to be unrepresented at the enquiry, attended the whole of the inquest for the sole purpose of watching and supporting the cause of the widow, the fatherless, and public justice.

   After a prolonged and patient examination, the verdict of the jury was, "Manslaughter under aggravated circumstances" against Thomas Williams, Robert Thomas, and William David. On this verdict I shall not comment further than by saying, I conceive it to have been a merciful one as regards Williams; but I cannot refrain from expressing my unfeigned astonishment at learning that none of the parties have yet been apprehended or committed; and with the foregoing helps and corrections, as to dates and facts, I leave it to your friend "Verax," or "the public," to fix the blame of neglect or connivance, if any there be, on the right shoulders.

I am, Sir, &c., ROBERT KNIGHT.

[This letter ought to have been, and would have been, inserted last week; but that it reached us rather late, and we did not feel justified in attempting a hasty abridgement ! - EDITOR.]


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

15/04/1840  Ann Davies, of Cwm Avon; Temporary insanity, suicide.


Cambrian, 18 April 1840

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - On Monday last, an inquest was holden before Charles Collins, Esq., coroner, at the Swansea Infirmary, on the body of Evan Rees, aged 60 years.  It appeared that the deceased acted as ostler at the King's Head public-house, in Oxford-street, Swansea, and on Saturday, the 4th inst., he was found about five o'clock in the evening, lying under the manger in one of the stalls, and unable to rise.  He was in great pain, and complained of having been kicked by the horse then in the same stall.  He was taken into the house, and put to bed, and on the following morning he was attended by the House Surgeon of the infirmary, who found him in bed suffering very great pain in the lower part of his bowels on the tight side; the part was much swollen, and partly discoloured.  On the following Monday he was conveyed to the infirmary, where every attention appeared to have been paid to him by the medical officers of that institution, but he died on Thursday, the 9th inst., from the effects of the injury he had received.  The kick unfortunately took effect just above an old rupture under which the deceased laboured. Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On the same day an inquest was held on the body of Henry Jones, late of Carmarthen, aged 77 years.  The deceased had been to Aberavon to visit his daughter, and came to Swansea on his return home on Thursday se'nnight, and was staying with his sister, Mrs. Robinson, at the Old Castle. He spent last Saturday evening in company with his nephew, Mr. John Hill, at the Ship public-house, in Butter-street, and on his way back to his sister's, accompanied by his nephew, he was suddenly seized with an attack, and fell to the ground insensible.  He was assisted up by his nephew and some persons passing by at the time, but expired before they could convey him to his sister's house.  He had taken three glasses of spirits and water, and had complained that he had not been quite well when at his daughter's.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.


Glamorgan Gazette, 30 May 1840

   An inquest was held on Friday week, before Wm. Bonville, Esq., on the bodies of John Jones and Philip Evans, of the parish of Bettws, in this county, who were unfortunately killed on Thursday afternoon, in the new open cut at Clyn Moch Colliery, in that parish, from a quantity of earth and stones falling upon them.  Their bodies were dreadfully mutilated.  The former has left a wife and child, and the latter a wife and eight children, totally unprovided for.  Great credit is due to their employers, Messrs. Martin and Strick, for having interred their remains;  and we understand that they have also promised to relieve the widows and orphans of both the unfortunate man. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. - Welshman.


Cambrian, 23 May 1840

SEDUCTION AND SUICIDE. - An inquest was held on Friday last, the 15th inst., at Cwm Avon, in this county, before Thomas Thomas, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a young woman named Ann Davies, aged 21 years, who had destroyed herself by taking poison.  The case having caused great excitement in that neighbourhood, we subjoin the evidence of the principal witnesses examined on the occasion:-

   Ann Jenkin, of Kendow-row, Cwm Avon (wife of Evan Jenkin), deposed as follows:- The deceased, Ann Davies, lived in my house for about the last eleven months, out of which period she resided in the service of Mr. Cross, at the Copper-house Inn, in this parish, about ten weeks.  On Wednesday morning last, ablaut eleven o'clock deceased left my house, saying she was going to Neath fair, and that she would try to get a place far enough  from here (Cwm Avon).  I know John Stephens, of Furnace-row, in this parish.  He had been in the habit, as deceased told me, of paying his addresses to deceased  during the time she lived in the service of Mr. Cross.  I had a conversation with deceased about a fortnight ago.  She then told me that John Stephens desired her to go to her friends, who reside at Hirwain, in this county, and inform them that they (deceased and John Stephens) were shortly to be married.  Deceased went accordingly, and returned to wiriness's house on Monday last.  On that same evening, witness went at the request of the deceased to see John Stephens, to inform him of the deceased having returned from Hirwain, when he said, "What the devil does she want back?  I do not want her."  I then said, "Why  do you say so, you told her to tell her friends you were going to marry her - only come and speak to her yourself."  To this John Stephens replied, "I do not want her."  John Stephens did not, to wiriness's knowledge, afterwards see deceased.

   Deceased when she returned from Neath fair told witness that she had met John Stephens several times at Neath fair in the course of that day and that he took no notice of her.  Deceased said she asked John Stephens in the fair to let her have a few words with him, when he said, "What do you want with me?"  deceased then asked John Stephens why he had deceived her, and he said "you must dress smarter before I will speak to you again," and her then turned from her.  When deceased returned on  Wednesday evening she called witness out of her house to tell her what had passed between herself and john Stephens at the fair.  Deceased told witness she had engaged to go in to the service of a person at Killybebill.  Deceased cried bitterly.  Deceased returned home between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, and complained of being very ill.  About ten minutes afterwards deceased drank from a cup, and immediately became very sick, and vomited violently.  In about three quarters of an hour after, deceased went to bed and was, in about half-an-hour, attacked with violent purgings and vomiting, which continued until the time of her death, which took place about two o'clock the same night.  Witness took tea out of the same pot with deceased and felt no ill effects from so doing.

   Deceased told me on her return from the fair that "God would pay John Stephens for his conduct to her."  I asked deceased if she was pregnant.  She said, "no;" but on being pressed was silent.  Deceased was in great pain , but witness did not consider there was an immediate danger, and therefore did not send for the doctor.  Deceased requested that no neighbours should be called in.  When deceased returned from Neath, she had a small bundle in her possession, which I opened for the purpose of seeing a cup which deceased said she purchased at the fair.  I observed some cakes, and peppermint drops in the bundle.  I did not then notice anything white about the cakes.  After deceased death, about seven o'clock on Thursday morning, in consequence of what had been told me by Catharine Bowen, I examined more particularly the bundle brought by deceased from Neath, and observed a quantity of white powder covering the cakes.  I then buried the cakes in the garden, fearing my children might get hold of them.  Deceased appeared quite depressed in spirits on Monday last, and  quite different to what she was accustomed to be.

   Catharine Bowen, of Bwlch-bach, in the parish of Baglan, spinster, examined:- I was at Neath fair on Wednesday last, I met deceased Ann Davies there about two o'clock.  She asked me to accompany her to a druggist's shop.  I asked her for what purpose.  She said to buy poison to kill rats.  We then went to a druggist's shop, next door to a saddler's.  Deceased went in, and I remained outside.  Deceased brought something out in her hand in white paper, tied up, which she put in a blue handkerchief which she carried in her hand.  Deceased told me it was poison to kill rats, which she had purchased.  Deceased and myself then walked about the fair for about two hours.  Deceased appeared to be in very low spirits.  After deceased had left the druggist's shop, she purchased three cakes from a person on the street, similar to what is now produced; after this about six o'clock, deceased and myself left Neath for the purpose of returning home, and walked together to the Bwlch, where I reside.  The Bwlch is distant from deceased's residence about a mile.  When deceased left me, she said, "good bye, perhaps we shall never see each other again."  Deceased and witness had but ,little conversation  on the road home.  Deceased was not out of my sight from two o'clock, the period of deceased purchasing the poison, until we parted at the Bwlch, and during this time John Stephens and deceased did not meet.  On going to my work on Thursday morning, I was told of her death.  I went, accompanied by Ann Rowland to the house of Ann Jenkin, where deceased lay.  I told Ann Rowland, in the hearing of Ann Jenkin, that I feared  deceased had taken poison, as I had accompanied her the previous evening to a druggist's shop, for the purpose of purchasing poison for killing rats, as deceased told witness.  I have known deceased for about five years; we were in service together.  Her spirits were usually good, but on Wednesday she appeared quote different being very low and depressed.

   Edward Ballard, an apprentice to a druggist, at Neath, deposed to his having sold an ounce of arsenic on the day in  question, to a female to kill rats, as she said, but he did not know the deceased was the person he sold it to.

   Mr. Hopkin Llewellyn Prichard, surgeon, of Tyr-y-Cradock, who had at the request of the Coroner taken a post mortem examination of the body, deposed to the effects of the poison on the stomach, which he said was the cause of death, and that conception had taken place from fourteen to twenty days.

   The jury brought in a verdict, "That deceased destroyed herself by taking arsenic, being at the time labouring under temporary insanity."  They then handed the Coroner a written request, of which the following is a copy:-

The jury in arriving at this verdict, cannot omit the expression of their opinion that the proximate cause of the death of the deceased was the heartless conduct of John Stephens, and the jury are anxious that the Coroner will be pleased to convey this verdict to Messrs. Vigers and Co., with a view to the dismissal of John Stephens from their employ.

  Immediately on thinks being made known to the resident Managing Partner, the unfeeling miscreant was discharged.  He is a native of Carmarthen.


Glamorgan Gazette, 23 May 1840

ACCIDENT FROM FIRE DAMP. - We are sorry to state that two men have been very much burnt by an explosion of fire damp at Dowlais mine.  It seems that the men ventured in to a forbidden part of the mine, when the air being foul exploded immediately on coming in contact with the light, and thus occasioned the accident.  Their object in going there was to procure some clay to envelope their candles.  It is much to be lamented that the  men are so forgetful of the necessity of caution  in this respect, as almost every casualty of the kind, not only in this, but in other mining districts, may be traced to their own  neglect of the directions they receive.  The manner in which the mine works of Dowlais are ventilated is well calculated to guard against accidents of this nature, and therefore they are of very rare occurrence.

   One of the men above mentioned, named Evan Powell, died yesterday, and an inquest was to be held on the body, as well as that of the unfortunate William Pipler.

ACCIDENT AT DOWLAIS WORKS. - On Wednesday night, at a quarter past seven o'clock, a serious accident occurred through the bursting of what was called the old puddling boiler tube, by which eleven men were more or less injured.  The principal sufferers were William Pipler, the engineer of the Big Mill, who is severely lacerated in the back and head, and is considered in a very precarious way, and Wm. Russell, a puddler, who was dreadfully scalded with boiling water falling upon him.  The rest, we are happy to say, escaped without being much hurt.  Mr. Hughes, the agent, and several persons close to him, had a very narrow escape, as they were actually holding a bar with which they were attempting to turn the flywheel at the moment that the boiler burst.  It was owing to then providence of God that so few persons were hurt by the explosion , for had it happened at an earlier  period of the afternoon when the spot is usually surrounded by a great number of men and teams of horses, it is impossible to say how many lives might have been lost and property destroyed, as several fragments of the tube were scattered about and were even carried to a distance of 200 yards from the place. There was also a stack close to the tube, and had it been blown down it would have occasioned great destruction to the adjacent buildings.  Through the promptitude with which exertions were made to prevent delay in the works from this cause, the men were able to resume puddling at seven o'clock the following morning.  We regret to state that William Pipler dies yesterday of the injuries he received.


The Cambrian,  6 June 1840

DISTRESSING CASE OF SUICIDE. - On the 29th ult., an inquest was held at Cardiff, before R. L. Reece, Esq., Coroner, upon view of the body of Mathilde Demandre, aged 16, daughter of Mons. Demandre, a French teacher at the school of Mr. Burnett, of that town, and eminently endowed with personal attractions.  It appeared that on Thursday evening, at the usual hour of retiring to bed, her absence was discovered, and search being immediately instituted, in the course of the night articles of female wearing apparel were discovered lying on the coping stones near the extremity of the Bute Dock, a mile from the town.  Grapnels were thrown out for the body, and one of the Cardiff police shortly succeeded in bringing it up; it was instantly identified, and all the means that medical men could suggest for restoring animation were resorted to in vain; she had nothing on her person but one garment, and it was stated that she must have lain in the water for four hours.  It was also proved that on the day preceding, deceased had displeased her father by not learning her English lessons to his satisfaction; for which, when about to go to bed at night timer, re refused her his usual paternal kiss, and threatened to send her back to France, unless she would please him better in future.  This appeared on the inquest to have been the proximate cause for her committing the melancholy act, the first we have had to record as having occurred in the waters of this beautiful harbour, and much would it be to our satisfaction were  we certain of its being the last.  Verdict, - Temporary insanity.


Cambrian, 13 June 1840


On Tuesday the 2d instant, as two men were employed in drawing down the centres of one of the bridges on the Taff Vale Railway, at Newbridge, some of the blocks gave way so unexpectedly and instantly, that the whole came down with such rapidity, that it was utterly impossible for either of them to effect his escape.  One., a Welshman, of the name of David Thomas, was dreadfully bruised about the lower part  of the abdomen, and fractured his thigh, and was otherwise so internally injured, that he lingered in great agony till the following Monday, when death put an end to his sufferings. .  .  .  . 


Glamorgan Gazette, 20 June 1840

   On Friday week an inquest was held at the Prison, Swansea, on the body of Henry Green aged 19, who died of consumption on the 11th inst. at the House of Correction.  The deceased was one of the two men of the 45th Regiment of foot now in barracks in Swansea, who was sentenced at the last Swansea assizes for burglary, but in consequence of ill health did not accompany his brother convict to Liverpool for his destination.  After the examination of witnesses the jury returned a verdict of - Natural Death.


Cambrian, 11 July 1840

   On Monday last, an inquest was holden at Kenfig, in this county, before the Rev. D. Davies, coroner for that borough and a respectable jury, on the body of Matthew Forster, gent., who was found dead in his bed on the Saturday previous.  In the course of the investigation, it appeared that the deceased had for some weeks been rapidly declining in health.  The verdict found was, Died by the visitation of God.  Mr. Forster was an excellent musician, having been a pupil of Dr. Crotch, and was for several years organist at Brecon, Carmarthen, and Neath, but had lately retired from the profession.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 25 July 1840


   Thomas Williams was indicted for having, on the 1st January last, violently assaulted William Gubbings, thereby causing the death of the said William Gubbings.

   [Evidence by Edward Gubbings, 15, son of deceased; Edward  Lovelock, evidence of payment for the assault.]

   Abraham Verity, examined by Mr. Clive: Proved that deceased  died of brain fever, and attributed his death to the blows given during the assault by the prisoner.  Not Guilty.


Monmouthshire Herald, 25 July 1840


   On Monday se'nnight, an inquest was held at the Infirmary, before Lewis Reece, Esq., coroner, and an intelligent jury, on the body of James Hare, late a porter in the infirmary, and formerly many years a veteran in the ranks of the British Army, from which he had retired in a pension.  It appears the deceased had been missing for some time past, nor could any tidings be collected respecting his fate, until the day above named.  Thomas and Richard Burchell, two lads of the respective ages of 11 and 13 years deposed, that on Sunday previous, they were in the fields looking for food for rabbits, when, on nearing a ditch, they accidentally saw the body of a man laying in a state of filth, and in a very advanced stage of decomposition, they felt themselves frightened at the scene, and immediately, as they stated, ran home to acquaint their friends of the circumstance.  Mr. Burchell, their father, in consequence, gave immediate information to Mr. Stockdale, our active superintendant of the police, who instantly despatched Westlake, a constable of the force, No. 2, to the spot.  Westlake on his examination before the coroner, deposed to the finding of the body in a ditch, as detailed by the two lads, in a field called the "Spittle Fields," behind the infirmary, and from appearances suspected it to be that of Hare, the missing porter of that institution.  He after having  viewed the body, repaired to Mr. Lewis, the  visiting surgeon, explaining the fact.  On this information, that gentleman, accompanied by Westlake, went to the spot, and immediately recognized the body of deceased to be that of Hare, by his clothes.  On minute examination, a bandage was observed round his left arm, where a deep incision appeared, from which it is evident death was caused.  A search at the instigation of Dr, Lewis was therefore cautiously made, and a razor case and razor were soon found placed in a hedge about two or three feet from the body, which were strong corroborative proofs that the incision  had been made by deceased, for the purpose of self-destruction.  The razor was produced bedsore the jury much stained with blood, and the evidence of Dr. Lewis, together with former witnesses justified such a conclusion.  It further appeared on evidence, that Hare had for some time past evinced symptoms of a disturbed mind, and evident features of insanity had lately developed themselves in his actions. - After a full and minute investigation of the whole of the circumstances, the jury returned the following verdict:- "That the deceased James Hare destroyed himself by cutting his left arm with a certain razor, while in a state of temporary insanity, from which he bled to death."

   Another frightful accident happened a few days since on the line of rail-road between Crockherbtown and the present terminus, to an industrious boy who was employed as conductor of a train of trams drawn by horses, used to convey the gravel and ballast for making the embankment.  It seems the poor lad was in the act of unhooking the chain from the leading tram just as an impetus was given, when his foot tripped against one of the rails and he fell across the line, the trams instantly crushing him to death.  The foreman of the work, who was at hand, instantly picked him up, but the poor sufferer was not one moment in his arms before he breathed his last.  This is a case as melancholy as it was accidental.  No blame whatever can be attached to any want of caution or care, otherwise than would appertain to the poor lad himself.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 25 July 1840


   An inquest was held before Lewis Reece, Esq., coroner, on the 15th inst., at Dynas, on view of the body of Wm. Howell, aged 22, who met with his death under the following circumstances:- The deceased was, what is usually denominated, a pit-man, and worked in the above colliery.  It appears from the evidence of his father, that on the preceding day he was descending the shaft to go to his work, when by some circumstance, purely accidental, the bucket (a bucket in which the deceased was placed) shifted, and he was precipitated about 160 feet, and thereby met with his instant death.  What makes this case most appalling is, that the father of deceased himself was letting his son down the second shaft, for it appears there were two pits, the first of which being a depth of 144 feet to the first landing, and he had successfully passed down safe, the next pit or shaft down which he was in the act of descending is 194 feet still lower.  After a minute and patient investigation of the case, a verdict was returned according to the circumstances.


Glamorgan Gazette, 1 August 1840

Coroners. - C. R. M. Talbot, J. E. Bicheno, G. Llewellyn, and R. Franklen, Esquires, and the Rev. R. Knight, clerk, the committee appointed to inquire into an alleged omission of holding certain inquests in the parish of Margam; and also, an alleged irregularity in the holding of an inquest in the parish of Coychurch.  Reported that the coroners had discharged their duties.


Glamorgan Gazette, 8 August 1840


   On Thursday evening, an inquest was held at the Railway Arms, parish of Llanvabon, by William Davies, Esq., coroner, on the body of Edward Williams, aged 12 years, who lost his life under the following circumstances. - On the previous evening, in returning with three horses from his work, he rode on the second horse, and as the engine was coming  down after him, he turned the horses to the other parting on the tram road; but as the engine drew near, the first horse turned off the parting to the one where the waggon was approaching, when the poor boy immediately jumped down to save the horse, and in the act of doing so some part of the machinery caught hold of his clothes, and drew him under the fore part.  The engineer immediately stopped the engine, and the poor boy was taken out and carried home.  The surgeon of the works, Mr. Wm. Strange, promptly attended, and stated that from the severe injuries he had sustained, he could only live a short time.  The poor sufferer died about half an hour after the surgeon entered the house.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 15 August 1840


   CARDIFF, AUGUST 7. - An inquest was held before R. Lewis, Esq., on the body of Catherine Williams, aged 52, house-keeper to Mr. Catelugh, who came by her death by taking laudanum in mistake for tincture of rhubarb.  The inquest had been adjourned until this day, to allow for a post mortem examination of deceased.

   The first witness called was James Morgan, who stated he was a blacksmith, and that he was sent on Friday evening, the 31st of July, to Mr. Edwards the druggist, for three-penny-worth of tincture of rhubarb; it was a half-pint bottle, and was labelled "Tincture of Rhubarb;"  it is the bottle now produced; it has had tincture of rhubarb in it before; some one was sent for about three months before; when he took the bottle it was perfectly clean and dry; is sure he asked for tincture of rhubarb; it was about half-pas nine in the evening; he saw Mr. Edwards and another person in the shop, but Howell Harris served him.  He gave Howell Harris the bottle and asked for three-penny-worth of tincture of rhubarb; he could read, but was not near enough to distinguish the labels on the bottles; he did not take any particular notice.  After having received the medicine he went  directly home and gave the bottle to his wife's mother, who gave it to his wife, and she took it to Mr. Catelugh's' he gave the bottle precisely in the same state in which he received it from the druggist.

   Mr. Richard Jenkins, surgeon, stated that he was sent for on Saturday morning to see the deceased; found her lying on her back in bed, in a state of profound coma; her eyes were open, but the pupils were highly contracted, and insensible to light; foamed at the mouth; her body was covered with cold clammy sweat; had lost all consciousness, feeling, and power of voluntary motion; endeavoured, but in vain, to rouse her; she was dying.  I asked Mr. Catleugh what the deceased had taken; Mr. C. was positive "that Kitty had not taken anything except a little brandy." He therefore thought she was labouring under an apoplectic attack; was not aware that she had taken tincture of rhubarb; called in Dr. Moore; did all he could to relieve her.  If he had been called in at an earlier period, and had been informed laudanum had been taken, he should have applied remedies accordingly; was not sent for until it was too late.  Was desired by the Coroner to make a post-mortem examination  of true body, in conjunction with Mr. George Reece (minutes of which Mr. J. read and explained to the jury.) Sealed up the bottle now produced, and had examined its contents (a small quantity of which remained in the bottle); is positive it was laudanum and not tincture of rhubarb; had made an analysis of the contents of the stomach (an account of which Mr. J. here gave to the jury).  The quantity taken  was six drachms; deceased died from its effects; she did not live one hour from his first visit.

   George Reece, Esq., surgeon, corroborated the above evidence, and stated his opinion  that deceased died from the effects of laudanum and not of apoplexy.  He could not trace any disease: the head and other parts were perfectly healthy in  appearance; if she had died of apoplexy, must have discovered it on the post-mortem of the deceased.

   James Catleugh, stated that deceased complained of being un well about four or five o'clock on the evening of Friday, the 31st  of July, and that she went to bed about none in the evening.  She  said she had sent for some tincture of rhubarb, and when it came she asked witness to bring it up to her; Mrs. Morgan brought it, and said "Here's the stuff for Kitty," (meaning deceased.) Took it up to her with a wine  glass; she sat up in bed, took the bottle from his hand, and emptied the consents into the glass; the wine glass was not quite full.; she drank it up; he then put the bottle and glass on a box at the head of the bed and went  down stairs.  About seven the next morning his father told him to see how Kitty was; asked her how she was, but she did not answer; he then shook her by the shoulder, but she did not awake.  Dr. Jenkins was sent for.

   Jane Flood stated she saw deceased in bed about eight in the morning of Saturday. And took hold of her hand; she appeared to be sound asleep; could not rouse her.  Dr. Jenkins came about ten minutes after eight.  She smelt the bottle outré of which the medicine had been given; it did not smell like tincture of rhubarb.

   Margaret Richards stated deceased complained of being unwell; she brought the bottle now produced, and wished witness to get some tincture of rhubarb, from Mr. Edwards's the druggist; had got some for her twice before, some time ago, of mfr. Edwards, who had put the label on the bottle.  She sent her son-in-law for it this time.

   Howell Harris stated he was an apprentice to Mr. Edwards, chemist and druggist; remembers James Morgan coming to the shop for some tincture of rhubarb on Friday night.  He asked him for three-pennyworth of tincture or rhubarb; served him, and made sure he was serving him with tincture of rhubarb.  Shall have been two years with Mr. Edwards next October.  There are two bottles between the tincture of rhubarb and the bottle containing laudanum.

   Jane Jenkins stated she was a widow, and was sent for on Saturday morning to Mr. Catleugh's; went up stairs, and saw Jane Evans, who said "Oh!" Kitty's a dying."

   The Coroner went clearly and minutely over the evidence, and explained the different points bearing on the case.  He told the jury that more care ought certainly to have been taken, and druggist would do well not to allow those kind of medicines to be within reach of the young apprentices, in particular as masters were in some degree answerable.  He hoped this would prove a caution.  Mr. Edwards has expressed considerable sorrow for the mistake.

   Verdict - Died from the effects of taking six drachms of laudanum, in mistake for six drachms of tincture of rhubarb, and that the six drachms of laudanum were purchased at the shop of Mr. John Edwards, druggist, at Cardiff, accidentally and incautiously served by his apprentice, Howell Harris.

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   An inquest was held at the same time on the biddy of Richard Hopkins, aged eleven years, who was drowned while bathing near the Jetty, in the river Taff.

   William Davis stated he was 15 years of age, and was bathing with deceased about six o'clock in the evening of Thursday the 6th instant; there were eight or ten bathing; he had been bathing three times that day; the water was very deep; saw the deceased go in; he could not swim; he went in up to his arm-pits, whilst most of the others kept nearer the shore; the river got deep towards the middle.  Did not hear the deceased cry out, but saw him go down under the water, and thought he was trying for fish; when he did not come up again, he called for assistance; several men were bathing near. - Mr. Phillips, who lives with Mr. Strawson, surveyor, dived and brought deceased to shore.  A surgeon was  sent for, and Mr. Evans came directly.

   Edward Evans, Esq., surgeon,  deposed that he ordered deceased to be immediately carried to the Five Bells, when he applied the proper remedies.  But deceased had been allowed to remain too long on the river bank; persons should always be carried immediately to the nearest house without an instant's delay.  Deceased was dead before he saw him; at least forty-five minutes elapsed before he saw deceased after he had been taken out of the water. Verdict - Accidentally Drowned.


Glamorgan Gazette, 22 August 1840

FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE BRIDGEND RAIL-ROAD. - On Monday last, William Davies, a lad 14 years of age, son to Rees Davies, landlord of the Horse, public-house, Newcastle, Bridgend, was assisting his father to replace some trams which had been thrown off the rails of the road.  Anxious to get the trams in proper order for the horses to draw, he started between two of the teams with a piece of timber in his hand to prevent them coming together; unfortunately the piece of timber gave way and the lad could not extricate himself before receiving a terrible crush by the collision of the trams, which caused an inward rupture, of which he died in twelve hours afterwards to the inexpressible grief of his parents.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body on Wednesday last, before Lewis Reese, Esq. verdict - Accidental Death.


FATAL ACCIDENT. - A dreadful accident, attended, we regret to state, by fatal consequences, occurred on Thursday week at Hirwaun iron Works, to a young man of the name of Lewis Lewis, commonly called, Lewis of Penyrhiw.  The deceased was employed with another man in driving a heading across the strata for the purpose of working a vein of ironstone.  While engaged with his work on that morning, the other man observed some indication of weakness in the roof, and advised his unfortunate companion to come away.  This he declined doing, saying at the same time that there was not the slightest danger, when, melancholy to relate, while the breath that uttered the words still lingered in his lips, a large stone, upwards of a ton in weight, fell on him, crushing his body in a most fearful manner.  His death must have been instantaneous.  The stone was obliged to be broken in order to remove it off the body.  The unfortunate young man, who was thus so suddenly hurried into eternity, supported an aged mother in respectability and comfort.   .  .  .  . 


Monmouthshire Merlin, 29 August 1840

DREADFUL ACCIDENT. - On Friday, August 21st, a fatal accident occurred to a young man of the name of Wm. Howell, aged 24 years, better known as "Billy Mab Macws," at Dinas Colliery, near Newbridge.  He was going down to his work in the morning, to the lower pit (where he and others were sinking for coal), when unfortunately a large stone fell on his head, and had not his brother-in-law, Thomas Jenkins, caught hold of him, he would have been shattered to pieces.  As soon as assistance was obtained, he was carried to his father-in-law's house, where he lingered for twelve or thirteen hours, not having spoken from the time of the accident, till death closed the scene. The pit where they were working has been sunk for almost 120 yards, and at that depth they had worked the vein of coal.  Men are now striking for the next vein, and have sunk to a depth of more than 100 yards in the lower pit.

   On Saturday morning, a messenger was sent for Mr. Davies, of Merthyr, the coroner, in order to hold an inquest, but that gentleman being in Bristol, did not attend; and as the corpse could not be kept till Monday, a jury of twelve men were appointed to view the body, in order to attend the coroner when he should come.

   The deceased being a member of the "Loyal Glan Rhondda Lodge," of the Independent Order of Odd fellows, ... [Funeral.]


Monmouthshire Merlin, 5 September 1840


Cardiff. - On the 27th ult., an inquest was held before R. Lewis Reece, Esq., on the body of a sailor, found floating in the Bristol Channel, and having been brought to the Flat Holms, was conveyed from thence in a boat to this place.  There was no evidence to shew how deceased came into the water.  He was recognized by his clothes, as Lewis Lewis, a seaman, and aged about 20.  He had been missing about three weeks, and from the appearance of the body, which was much decomposed, appeared to have been in the water some time.  Verdict - Found dead floating in the Bristol Channel.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 5 September 1840

HIRWAUN. - The body of a man was lately found on a mountain called Craig Llyn, near one of the large lakes.  It was evident from the appearance of the body, that it had lain there a considerable time, decomposition having taken place to a very great extent.  Labouring men often pass this way going from Llwyn to Merthyr, and it is supposed that this poor man must have sunk and died there from fatigue, no house being within two miles of the sport where he was found.


Glamorgan Gazette, 5 September 1840

SHOCKING C IRCUMSTANCE.  -  On Thursday afternoon, about two o'clock, two brothers, names Jones, employed at the Dowlais Iron Works, quarrelled, when the elder, named John, struck the younger, named William, with a peeve of iron on the back of the neck, which knocked him down, when John kicked him shockingly on different parts of his person, whereby he was so much injured that he died in about an hour after.  As soon as he had committed the fatal deed he fled without a coat pr hat, and was not taken until late at night, by a party of men who accompanied his father in search of him.  He was taken on the mountain.  Evan Davies, the Dowlais policeman, apprehended him the following morning, by order of the coroner, and placed him in security.  The deceased was about 17 years old, and his brother is about 20.  An inquest was to be held last night.


The Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 September 1840

   Last Monday week, a little girl about twelve years old, the daughter of a labourer in the village of Penlline, died from the effects of being severely burnt.  She had been leazing in the fields with her mother, who sent her home to make a fire, and put the tea kettle on against her return.  Somehow or other her clothes took fire, and she ran into the street, when the flames increased so rapidly, that she did not survive the melancholy event above a few hours. - Cambrian.


Glamorgan Gazette, 29 September 1840


   An inquest was holden on Monday last, the 21st instant, before C. Collins, Esq., Coroner, at the Landore inn, on the body of William Thomas, a labourer on the copper ore banks.  It appeared in evidence that on the preceding Saturday evening, a little after nine o'clock, the deceased left the Britannia Public House, at Swansea (where he had been receiving his wages), intending to return to his house at Landore.  He was a little in liquor and the night very dark.  That about ten o'clock the same night the deceased was found lying in the ditch by the sides of the turnpike-road, a few hundred yards from his own house, with his limbs resting on a heap of mud, and his neck and head bent upwards against the wall, his head and shoulders being ,lower by about a foot than the other part of his body.  There were marks of blood on the wall, about two feet from the ground, where it is supposed his head first struck, as there was a bruise and cut on the left wide of the head, which rested against the wall.  The deceased was dead, but the body was  warm.

  David Owen, Esq., surgeon, stated, that the blow was not sufficient to cause death, but from the extent of the bruise it must have stunned the deceased, and from the position in which the body was stated to have been found, it was his opinion that suffocation was induced.  The deceased was 34 years of age, and has left a wife and five small children.

   Verdict - That the deceased died from suffocation, occasioned in manner above state, and the jury expressed their disapproval in strong terms, of the dangerous practice of allowing the mud scraped off the roads to remain in heaps on the sides thereof; and requested the coroner to represent the subject to the Turnpike Commissioners.

   Another inquest was held by the same coroner, on the 23d instant, at the Town Hall, Swansea, on the body of Mr. Thomas Rosser, pilot, aged 19 years.

   Edward Brown, hobler, being examined, said - That on Monday last he was engaged by the deceased to go with him in a boat called the Mary to take some planks, &c., to a vessel lying off the Mumbles Head.  That they started from Swansea Pier between 10 and 11 o'clock a.m. That the deceased, witness, and three boys (one a brother of the deceased) were in the boat.  It w as blowing hard at the time, with a high sea.  That when they got about a quarter of a mile out a strong gust of wind took the boat, she lurched and  the water running in over her larboard quarter, she filled and immediately went down in eight feet of water.  The greater part of her masts were above water after she sank.  That on rising to the surface he swam and assisted the three boys, and made them lay hold of the main mast, and he observed the deceased supporting himself against the mast taking off his jacket, after doing which he swam towards the shore; he went about fifty yards when he sank and did not rise again. That witness assisted and encouraged the three boys to hold on, and in about a quarter of an hour the Victoria pilot boat which, at the time of the accident was a head of them, put back and bore towards them. That when she came within a short distance witness swam towards her with the little boy Griffith Rosser clinging to him, and they succeeded in getting on board the Victoria.  The other two boys were in a few minutes afterwards rescued by Capt. Lewis Rosser and others, who put off in a boat from the pilot.  The deceased was steering at the time of the accident.  Verdict - Accidentally drowned.


Glamorgan Gazette, 26 September 1840

   An inquest was held last Saturday, at the Lamb and Flag, before William Davies, Esq., on the body of John White, who died from excessive drinking. - Verdict accordingly.


The Cambrian, 3 October 1840


   On Tuesday last, an inquest was held by Charles Collins, Esq., coroner, at Treboth, near Swansea, on the body of Rees Emanuel, aged 44 years.  The deceased was a collier, employed in the Millwood Colliery, belonging to R. M. Phillips, Esq.  He was at work on that colliery on the morning of Wednesday se'nnight, when a piece of timber  from the roof of the workings fell, and struck deceased on the left side of the head, to the ground.  He remained insensible for about a quarter of an hour, when he revived a little, and was carried to his own house, where he lingered in great pain until Sunday morning last, when death terminated his sufferings.  There was no cut on the head, but the part struck was much discoloured and swoln.  The deceased has left a widow with several children.  Verdict, - Accidental Death.

      On Wednesday last, another inquest was held by the same coroner at Maesydinen, Llandilo-talybont, on the body of William Bowen, aged eight years, who on the preceding Monday had been found lying dead on a limekiln near that place.  John Lewis, servant to Mr. Griffiths, of Box, stated that about three o'clock on that evening, as he was passing, he saw the deceased sitting on a block of wood at the top of the kiln.  He asked deceased what he was  doing, who said he was roasting potatoes.  The kiln was full, and the stones piled up, but there was not much fire at the top.  Witness left the deceased in that situation.  A short times afterwards, the deceased was discovered by Margaret Matthew, lying at full length on his back on the kiln, with his hat under his head, and quite dead, but not burnt, but the smoke was rising from the kiln.  The kiln is situate by the side of and open to the public road, and between 300 and 400 yards from the house of the deceased's grandfather, with whom he lived.  Verdict, - Died from suffocation, caused by the deceased inhaling the smoke and gas arising from the limekiln.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 October 1840

CARDIFF, OCT. 5. - An inquest was held this day at the house of Mr. John Greenfill, the New Market Tavern, before R. Lewis Reece, Esq., on the body of Thomas Williams.  Wolf Barnet deposed, that he slept with deceased, and was disturbed in the night by deceased, who appeared to be in great pain; he gave the alarm; he heard deceased sigh deeply.  A surgeon was sent for, but he was quite dead.  Edward Evans, Esq., surgeon, saw deceased; he was quite dead; he made a post mortem examination of the body; believes deceased had a fit.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 17 October 1840

FATAL ACCIDENTS. - On Friday, the 9th inst., an inquest was held at Cardiff, before L. Reece, Esq., Coroner, on view of the body of Daniel Lewis, son of Mr. Evan Lewis, parish clerk of that place.  It appeared that the unfortunate young man had, on the day preceding, to celebrate the opening of the Taff Vale Railway, amused himself with firing anvils, and somehow caused a charge to explode unexpectedly, when the plug, wadding, and powder (he being so close), carried away a large portion of the skull.  He lingered for some hours without the slightest hopes of recovery, and eventually died, leaving a  widow and two children to deplore their loss.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

   A deplorable accident occurred at Pentyrch Iron Works, on Monday week - as a young man named Samuel (The sole support of his aged father) was in the act of breaching for a hammer which was hanging over the rollers, his apron caught in the rolls, and dreadful to relate, although his fellow workmen were close by, and caught hold of him, they were obliged to relinquish or would inevitably have shared the same fate - suffice it to say, the unfortunate young man was laterally crushed to atoms. - An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict returned of Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 24 October 1840


   On Saturday last, an inquest was held at Burrows Green, Gower, before Charles Collins, Esq., Coroner, on the body of Margaret Beynon, aged three years.  It appeared that on Thursday morning, the 13th inst., the deceased was seen by witness, Caleb Thomas, running out of her father's house with her clothes in flames - that he extinguished the fire as quickly as possible, but the poor child was so much burnt about the bowels, arms, and face, that she died the following morning.  The father and mother had gone out to work, leaving the deceased and another child only in the house.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

   On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at Swansea, by the same Coroner, on the body of John Eynon, aged 16 years.  John Evans stated that the deceased was employed in Messrs. Vivian and Co.'s Copper Works with the witness, and that on Sunday morning last, about one o'clock, the deceased was carrying water in a bucket to throw on the hot ore after being taken out of the furnace (where the ore undergoes the first process), to cool it, when his foot slipped and he fell on a mass of hot ore, and was so dreadfully burned and scalded that he died the following morning.  Verdict, - Accidental Death.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 November 1840


CARDIFF, OCT. 29, 1840. An inquest was taken before R. L. Reece, Esq., at the Bunch of Grapes on the body of John Buckly, aged 46, a native of Cork.  The evidence as to the manner of his death was as follows:-

   John Mahoney said he had known the deceased for some time; he came to his (witness's) house, in Waterloo Buildings, a few days ago; he complained of illness, and had a bad cough; he went to bed early last night; in the morning he had breakfast, and then went out; witness gave him his assistance, and when about twenty yards from the house deceased was unable to proceed further, and was assisted back to his (witness's) house; he was dying; witness went for Dr. Seale, who came directly; he was dead before the surgeon arrived.

   James Lewis, Esq., surgeon, and Dr. Seale made a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased, and found 'an enlargement of the heart.'  It would produce all the distress and cough detailed in evidence, and was the cause of his death.  Verdict: Died by the visitation of God.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 November 1840

DREADFUL OCCURRENCE. - Two unfortunate and houseless men, who had been nightly accustomed to sleep beside one of the lime kilns in the neighbourhood of Cardiff, were found there on Thursday morning, quite dead, their bodies being nearly consumed.  We will, next week give the proceedings at the Coroner's inquest.


Glamorgan Gazette, 7 November 1840


CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Monday last, at the Patriot public house, on the body of Evan Davies, a carpenter, who lost his life from falling from a ladder, which was standing against the wall of the independent Chapel building close to the Market Place.  It appeared from the evidence of Thomas Jones and others, that the deceased was at work on Thursday week on the building, standing on the ladder, when a cart, driven by a young man, named David Lewis, came up to the spot.  He was immediately cautioned against proceeding, and told to wait, as the deceased would have finished his job in a few minutes.  Unfortunately Lewis, anxious to get past, drove his cart round another way, when the wheels sank into the mud, and Lewis and two other persons exerted their strength to extricate the cart, which they soon effected, but as the ground was uneven, the sudden jerk with which it was liberated swung it against the bench on which the ladder was placed, and threw down the ladder, with the deceased upon it, whereby he was pitched upon his head, and so seriously injured that he died next day.  All the evidence that could then be procured was gone into, and the inquest was adjourned till Tuesday, when they again met, and further evidence was heard.

   When the whole had been gone through, William Davies, Esq., read it over to the jury, pointing out, as he read it, the important points for their consideration, after which he gave a most lucid exposition of the law as it applied to cases of this kind, and called upon the jury to bear in mind that they must look to the intention of a party causing the death of another.  Now it was clear from the evidence, that there was no intention on the part of Lewis, to injure the deceased, as it was shown that he had not only stopped, but actually tried to go another way, and had no controul over the horse at the moment of the accident, he himself being behind helping the other men to extricate the cart.  The jury, after some deliberation returned, by a majority of 15 to 4, a verdict of Accidental Death, but on the coroner advising them to reconsider their verdict, as it would be more satisfactory if they could be unanimous, they debated the matter over, and then returned a unanimous verdict of Accidental Death, with a deodand of 10s. on the wheel. 

   The coroner is deserving of every praise for the patient care that he bestowed on the case, which was one of some difficulty from the nice distinctions to be made.  The coroner told Lewis that he had had a narrow escape, and cautioned him to beware in future how he acted in a matter that might affect the life of a fellow creature.  Lewis seemed much affected with his situation.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 14 November 1840


   An inquest was held this day, at the Angel Inn, before R. Lewis Reece, Esq., on the bodies of William Sais, otherwise William Watley, apparently about 25 years of age, and of a young man, name unknown, about 17, who were found burned to death on a lime-kiln, near the Glass-houses.  Matthew Gayney said, he was an assistant to the lime-burner, Edward Thomas, and left off work about five o'clock on the evening of the 4th instant.  Witness saw both the deceased persons by the kiln when he left work, and recognised the younger of the two by his shoes and stockings, and by his hat; both of them had been in the habit of sleeping on the kiln for several nights past, they appeared very poor; the boy was very badly clad, and heard him say that he could not work, as her was very ill; he told witness that Mr. M'Innes had given him three-pence, with which he bought some bread, and gave part of it to the other deceased person. Witness did not tell them it was dangerous to  sleep on the kiln.  Witness came to his work between six and seven o'clock the following morning, and saw the deceased persons lying burnt to death on the kiln; the head of the younger was lying on the stones, which were red with heat, the flesh was burnt off his bones, to the hip; of the elder, one part of his person lay on the planks, and his head and shoulders on the fire, he was dreadfully burnt down to the hip-bone, and about the head and face, which was black and disfigured. A man, who was present, helped him to move the deceased persons off the fire.

   Edward Thomas stated, he was a lime-burner, and had lived in Cardiff many years; the elder of the two persons, about three months ago, first came to sleep at the kiln.  Witness did not say anything to him at first, but subsequently told him he must not come there any more; he appeared sick and in an ill state of health; he has been in the habit of sleeping at the kiln continually since; he was not able to work, in consequence of his being ill; he had, for some time, been supported by the men working on the wharf, who occasionally gave him money, bread, &c.  Witness has occasionally given him bread and cheese himself, and had recommended his applying to the Infirmary, or going to the work-house; he would not have remained idle had he been able to work.  Witness first saw the younger of the two persons about five or six days ago, he came to the kiln, he was lame, and told witness his leg had been broken and that he was unable to work.  Mr. M'Innes knew him (deceased) and said he had been a good boy at his work, and gave him three-pence to buy a loaf; he told witness Mr. M'Innes was going to give him a suit of clothes.

   James Lewis, Esq., Surgeon, being  sworn, said he had examined the remains of the deceased persons, and with great perspicuity explained to the jury the effects of the fumes of sulphur and charcoal on persons exposed to their influence. That the probability was, that the unfortunate men were suffocated in their sleep, and then burnt; or, even if they had awoke to consciousness for an instant, were so stupified and overcome, as to be incapable of moving, and were thus burnt to death, a described by the witnesses.

   The learned Coroner remarked on the very lucid explanation given by Dr. Lewis, which could leave no doubt in the minds of the jury as to the cause of death.  Verdict - "Found burnt and suffocated, on a certain lime-kiln, called mer. Storm's lime-kiln, near the Glass-houses."


Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 November 1840

CARDIFF, NOV. 23. - An inquest was held before R. Lewis Reece, Esq., coroner, at the Ship Inn, on the body of Thomas Williams, aged 49, mate of the schooner Lucy, of Bristol. - Robert Hardinge, being sworn, stated that he was master of the Lucy, and had shipped deceased at Bristol on the 4th instant.  Deceased appeared in perfect health, on the morning of his death, and ate his breakfast at nine o'clock as usual.  About half an hour after, he was holding on the chain, while the men were heaving the windless, when he fell on his side, with the chain in his hand, quite easy on the deck.  The crew picked him up instantly - he appeared in a fit.  Witness immediately sent for a surgeon.  Deceased was a man of good character and sober habits.  Thomas Baker and Henry Forder, seamen, corroborated the statement of the last witness.

   Thomas Evans, Esq., surgeon, stated that he was sent for about ten o'clock yesterday morning, to attend deceased, and found him quite insensible, and breathing heavily, having all the symptoms of apoplexy.  He bled deceased largely, without producing any effect; and he never recovered his sensibility to the time he died.  Witness remained with deceased until he died, which was in about three quarters of an hour after witness's arrival. By order of the Coroner, made a post mortem examination, and notwithstanding the quantity of blood taken from deceased, found the vessels of the brain greatly congested, and a small quantity of blood effused into the substance of the brain.  The congestion and effusion were the cause of death.  He died of apoplexy.  Deceased never rallied in the least from the commencement. - The Coroner recapitulated the evidence to the jury, who immediately returned a verdict of "Died by the visitation of god, in a fir of apoplexy."

CARDIFF, NOV. 12. - Another inquest was held this day, before the same coroner, on the body of Ann Jones, aged four years, who was accidentally burned to death.  From the evidence, it appeared that the unfortunate deceased, in going too near the fire, set her clothes in a blaze.  Dr. Parry, the surgeon who attended the deceased till death put a period to her sufferings, stated, that the injuries she had received, occasioned her death. Verdict, Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 28 November 1840

Fatal accident. - On Tuesday last, as a man of the name of David Lloyd, cartman, in the employ of Col. Cameron, was proceeding  from Loughor Colliery, with a waggon of coal, sitting at the rime on the shaft in a carless manner, he fell off, and the wheel passing over his neck, he was killed on the spot.

FOUND DRWONED. - As a workman in the employ of Mr. Thos. Morris, of Newbridge, was, on Wednesday evening last, taking the horses to the river Taff, he observed a corpse therein.  He immediately informed some persons who were close by, who instantly came to the spot, and succeeded, though with difficulty, owing to the depth of the water, in dragging out the corpse, which it is supposed to be that of a female who accidentally fell into the above-named river about a fortnight ago at Merthyr.  No one of the spectators could identify the body, neither is it probable that any correct intelligence with be obtained with respect to the circumstances until further investigation be made at the Coroner's Inquest.


Glamorgan Gazette, 12 December 1840

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - An inquest was held on Tuesday evening, at the Patriot public house, before William Davies, Esq., on the body of Wm. Finch, aged 50, who was killed on the incline at the Cyfarthfa Iron Works, on Saturday.  It appears that the deceased got upon the incline when a carriage came suddenly upon him, and so seriously injured him, that he died in five minutes afterwards.  His right foot was cut off above the ancle.  The jury after hearing the evidence, delivered a verdict of - Accidental Death, having been crushed by the carriage wheels on the coal incline.  They also gave a deodand on the wheels of 6f. each.

   Another inquest was then held on the body of Rees Phillips, collier, aged 18, who met his death by falling down into a coal pit at Cwncanaid, on Tuesday morning.  The fact was proved in evidence, and the jury returned a verdict of - Accidental Death.

   On Thursday week, a man named Wm. Morgan was killed in a mine quarry at Beaufort, by a large mass of earth which he was undermining falling upon him.

   The week before another unfortunate man met his death while occupied in a level in a similar manner, the incumbent earth falling upon him, and literally crushing him to atoms.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 19 December 1840



   On Saturday last two workmen came to their death, through the bursting of a boiler belonging to one of the Dowlais pit engines.

   At one of the Penydarren patch road, another death was occasioned by the falling of a mass of rock on a workman who was undermini9ng it.

   A little boy was dreadfully burned near Penydarren Works, through having slept too near one of the mine kilns.


The Cambrian, 19 December 1840

Distressing Occurrence. - On Tuesday last an inquest was held before Charles Collins, Esq., at Swansea, on view of the body of Jane Davies, an infant five months old, when evidence to the following effect was given:- On Friday evening last, the mother, between five and six o'clock, went to a neighbour's house, leaving the deceased infant in the care of her sister, a little girl about nine years of age, who, on the deceased going to sleep, placed her in a bed in the front room down stairs, where the father and mother usually slept, and which bed turned up on hinges into a cupboard in the room.  She left the infant there, and returned to the kitchen.  In a short time afterwards the father came home, with one James Jones, having promised to write a letter for him he went into the front room in the dark, and, in order to make room, turned the bed up into the cupboard, and shut the door, unaware that the deceased was in the bed.  He placed a table and chair for Jones, and then went for a light.  Jones came in, and wrote the letter, and when they had finished the mother returned home, and seeing them in the front room, she went in, and the letter was read by Jones to her/  She afterwards went into the kitchen, and on enquiring for the child, was told by the little girl that she had placed it in the bed in the front room.  On hearing this the mother ran into the room in a frantic state, and on the bed being pulled the poor infant was found quite dead. - This account was partly confirmed by Jones, and it appeared that the little girl was not aware that her father had turned up the bed, and did not go to see for the infant, as her father had told her not to disturb them during the writing of the letter. - Verdict, Homicide per Misadventure.


   A distressing case of a child being burnt to death occurred at  Port Talbot on Monday last, in that of a little bony four and a half years of age, son of Wm. Sing, a labouring man.  The child's mother having gone for water to a well not 200 yards in front of the cottage, leaving the unfortunate sufferer with a younger child in the house, some lodgers heard the child's screams, and supposing its parents were correcting it, did not pay attention to the little sufferer's cries till the smell of fire more forcibly  apprised them there was something amiss, when they hurried down stairs and found the poor child enveloped in flames, its clothes having taken fire; in their attempt to extinguish it, two of them had their hands severely burnt.  Death, happily, put an end to the poor child's sufferings the same evening.

   On the 14th inst., a little girl, about three years old, was left by herself in the house near the Furnace, Llanelly, and she approached so near the fire that her clothes ignited.  She ran out and was seen in a blaze by a woman who lives near, who immediately  wrapped her apron about her, which put out the flames, but not before it had burnt part of her body almost to a cinder.  She lingered in the greatest agony till noon the following day, when she expired.  It is impossible to speak too reprehensibly on the practice of leaving young children by themselves in a house.


   On Monday se'nnight, a poor mendicant, in getting over the Cyfarthfa inclined plane, towards the Lodge which is at the top of it, was thrown down by the tram carriage, and had one leg  and the fingers of the left hand broken off, the wheels had likewise passed over the abdomen and dreadfully mangled his body; he dies instantaneously.

   On the day following a workman in attempting to step into the carriage which belongs to the Abercaned balance pit, missed that side of the pit in which the carriage had got up and was precipitated to the bottom, where he expired in ten minutes after his fall.

   On the 11th inst., the body of a man was found on the sands near Llanelly.  It was so much mutilated and disfigured, that it was impossible for any one to identify it; it is probable that it was the body of one of the crew of the City of Bristol steamer.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 26 December 1840


DEATH CAUSED BY DRUNKENNESS. - CARDIFF, DEC. 14. - An inquest was held this day at the Angel Inn, before R. L. Reece, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of John Burnage, apparently about thirty-five years of age, who died suddenly under the following circumstances:_

   Thomas Jenkins stated that he kept the Valiant Soldier, beer-house, in this town, and that deceased first came to his house last Saturday evening, accompanied by a female named Johanna Mahoney; they had a few pints of beer together, but were not drunk.  Deceased then wanted a bed, and my wife told him he could have a bed alone, but not for his companion; he went to bed between eleven and twelve o'clock.  Deceased got up about eleven o'clock on Sunday morning to breakfast; he had not much appetite, stating that he had been drinking for the last ten days.  Deceased went out about ten o'clock at night, saying that he would go and see the young woman, Johanna, home, and return directly.  He again came in about half-past eleven o'clock the same night; witness let him in and gave him a light, when he (deceased) went to bed.  About seven o'clock in the morning, witness heard deceased groaning, and he (witness) immediately got out of bed, and instantly went to deceased's bed-room, and spoke to him, but received no answer.  Witness rubbed deceased on the chest; went for Dr. Evans, who returned with him, and on seeing deceased, pronounced him dead. Elizabeth Jenkins wife of the last witness,  fully corroborated the above*-0 evidence.

   Thomas Evans, Esq., surgeon, being  sworn, deposed that he had made a post mortem examination of deceased, by order of the coroner, and was of opinion that death was produced from an affection of the heart, such disease having been accelerated by extreme intemperance. No marks of violence were founds on the person of deceased.  Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

   On the person of deceased were found his banker's book; also Bankers' receipts of the Bromsgrove Bank for the sum of £500.;  It has subsequently been ascertained that deceased had recently left Swansea, where, with his wife, he had resided. His remains were respectably interred at Cardiff, followed by his relatives and friends.


Glam 1841

Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

15/03/1841  James Johnson, of Neath; Visitation of God.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

20/05/1841 Thomas Morgan, of Neath; manslaughter.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

20/04/1841  Edward Young, of Neath; Accidental death.


Inquest List (Swansea) of Thomas Thomas, 1841.

24/05/18941  David Morris, of Briton Ferry; Accidental death, drowned.


The Observer, 21 March 1858


A CLERGYMAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT. - An inquest was held on Thursday last, before Mr. Williams, coroner, at Cefn, near Merthyr, on the body of the Rev. R. Jenkyn, aged 33, curate of Vaynor, who was shot on the previous day by his gun accidentally going off.  It appeared that the deceased and two young gentlemen who were on a visit at his house were shorting at small birds in front of the parsonage. One of the young men fired at a bird and missed, and immediately they heard the report of the gun which the deceased had and saw him fall.  Neither of them could tell how the rev. gentleman was holding his gun when it went off, but it is believed the stock must have been on the ground, as the charge had entered under the chin and passed into the brain, thereby causing almost instantaneous death.  The deceased, who was much respected by his parishioners, has left a widow and a young family.  Verdict of Accidental Death.


LLAIS LLAFUR, 27 December 1919


The Swansea Coroner held an inquest on Saturday on Morgan Davies (46), screensman, of Abernant Road, Cwmgorse, who succumbed to injuries sustained by being crushed between Wagons at New Cwmgorse colliery.  Myfanwy Davies, daughter, said that when her father was brought home her remarked that it was lucky how he had escaped.

   Albert George Swainson, who was working not far off on the surface, was told by a boy that a man had hurt himself, and he then noticed deceased coming towards him walking slowly.  When hen (Davies) came near witness he dropped on his knees and help was fetched.

   Coroner: Did you go near him at all? - No, Sir.

   Why? Were you nervous? - Yes, Sir.

   Dr. Vanderverder said that when deceased was brought to the hospital he was in great pain from internal injuries. When operated upon he was found to have general peritonitis, due to complete rupture of the small intestines.  This caused the death.

   John Jones, slag-picker, said he saw deceased fall near the trucks.  Deceased thought, he had been hurt between the buffers.

   Morgan Jones, mechanic, said deceased told him he had been crushed whilst coupling.

   The Coroner said deceased may have misjudged the coupling or slipped.   A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned. [See also Merthyr Pioneer, 27 December 1919 (4)]


Merthyr Pioneer, 27 December 1919

Mr. Griffith Llewellyn, deputy coroner, held an inquest on Saturday at the Belle Vue, Merthyr, touching the death of John Roach, 6, Tramroadside North, a tipper in the employment of Hill's Plymouth.  Evidence showed deceased had finished his night's work and expired whilst waiting in the weighing shed for a train.  Dr. Rowland Lee said the deceased's heart was in a very bad state, two of the three valves being absolutely useless.  It was stated that an Army doctor "turned him down" when he wished to join.  Verdict of "Death from natural causes" was recorded.

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