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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Careful Where You Have a Hare

The Derbyshire County Council's Record Office has compiled a list of 19th-century inmates (pdf) and the crimes they committed.

The document features the records of all prisoners held at the County Gaol in Derby from 1800 to 1819.

Reasons for imprisonment included "feloniously milking a cow", being an "incorrigible rogue", "vagabond", or "lewd woman" and suffering from "indolence". [Link]
Other offenses included "Having a hare," "Taking swan's eggs," and "Pretending to have skill."

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