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The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834

Criminal trials held at London's central criminal court involving
people with the name STRANGE and LeSTRANGE:
All this following has been extracted from Old Bailey Online

1. Vincent Strange, defendant, theft: no type specified, 15 Jan 1719.
Vincent Strange and Stene Theberton of Fulham were indicted for stealing twelve pound of Pork the Property of Robert How the 15 of December last. But the Evidence not being sufficient they were acquitted.

2. Richard Strange, appears in trial of John Taplin, otherwise Tapling, theft: specified place, 23 Oct 1754.
462. (M.) John Taplin, otherwise Tapling, was indicted for stealing one mettle watch, val. 40s. 20 guineas, and one half-guinea, and 5s. in money numbered, the goods and money of Philip Hall, Esq; in the dwelling-house of James Hutton, Sept. 14 1754.

"Richard Strange . I keep the Crown at Abington; the ostler at the Lamb came to me and told me there was a highwayman gone forward, and his master was gone after him; he wanted me to go along with him to help to take him; we saw the prisoner about half a mile out of town; the ostler went up to him, and said, how do you do, John? where are you going? said Tapling; what's the matter? I rode to him, and said, you must go back; he said he would; there were a pretty many people; I brought him to the Lamb; he gave his bundle to the ostler, and said he was going to make water; I saw him put his hand into his pocket and throw away a watch; then I told him he was detain'd for a robbery at the Bull and Gate, Holbourn; he said he was sorry for it; I saw, as the watch was up in the air, that it had a white face; in the mean time I told the people he had thrown a watch over the house; then I had him into a room and told him I would search him for fear of pistols; I felt on the outsides of his cloaths, and did not perceive any; he pulled off his wig and put on a cap, and said, this thing he should lose his life for; he should die for this thing; this he repeated several times; I said I hoped not, why do you think you shall be hanged for it? He said he bought the watch, and that he bought it too cheap. I said, what did you give for it? he answered, half a guinea. He pulled out a guinea and 9 s. and gave them to me, with a direction to send them to his son, a child he has in the country, and said he should never see it any more. Then I went with him to a justice of the peace, and told the justice I had got that money, and asked whether I should give it to the child or give it to him again. The justice ordered me to give it to the landlord at the Bull and Gate, and said, perhaps the guinea might be sworn unto. Coming back from the justice's to Abington the prisoner said he was sorry for it, and said several times he should be hang'd for it."

3. JOHN STRANGE -  Front matter from Proceedings, 16th January 1740 (and many other dates).  - THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, For the CITY of LONDON, &C. BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN SALTER , Knight, Lord-Mayor of the City of London, Mr. Justice CHAPPLE, JOHN STRANGE , Esq; Recorder, Mr. Serjeant URLIN, Deputy-Recorder, of the City of London, and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City, and County of Middlesex.

4. Elizabeth Strange, victim in trial of Richard Gardner, theft: simple grand larceny, 04 Dec 1730.
Richard Gardner, of St. Giles's Cripplegate, was indicted for feloniously stealing the Goods of Elizabeth Strange, the 3d of this Instant December; but there not being sufficient Evidence against him, he was acquitted.

5. Katharine Strange, defendant, theft: simple grand larceny, 15 Jan 1731.
Katharine Strange, of St. Giles's Cripplegate, was indicted for feloniously stealing a Petticoat, the Goods of Thomas Picket, the 13th of this Instant January. The Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, Transportation.

6. John Strange, victim in trial of James Hopkins, theft: simple grand larceny, 26 Feb 1724.
James Hopkins , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Shoe, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of John Strange , and Benjamin Heslop , the 22d of February last. It appear'd by the Evidence, that the Shoe was taken from the Shop Window, and taken upon the Prisoner. The Prisoner having a good Character given him, and it seeming to them to be the Effects of Drink, the Jury acquitted him..

7. Elizabeth Strange, appears in trial of Isabel Lewis, theft: no type specified, theft: receiving stolen goods, 12 Oct 1726.
Isabel Lewis, was indicted for stealing four Napkins , the Goods of Ebenezer Tayler .
She was a second time indicted for a Misdemeanor for receiving 19 Yards of blue Sarcenet , the Goods of Esther Dobbins which were stoln by Persons unknown to the Jury. She knowing the same to be stoln.
Ebenezer Taylor thus depos'd. I lost the Curtains and found them on Eliz. Strange, who told me that she had them from the Prisoner - But Elizabeth Strange not appearing, the Fact could not be Proved.
Mary Burton thus depos'd. Turner, Fitzpatrick, and I stole 60 Yards of blue Sarcenet from Mrs. Dobbins's Shop, the Indian Queen in Holborn ; we equally divided it, and I sold my share to the Prisoner for 13 d. a Yard.
Mr. Moore thus depos'd. That Sarcenet was worth above 2 Shillings a Yard.
The Prisoner confest to me, that she knew Turner and Fitzpatrick to be Shoplifters. She was acquitted of the first Indictment , and found guilty of the other .

8. Mary Strange, victim in trial of William Splawfoot, theft: simple grand larceny, 17 May 1727.
William Splawfoot, of St. Brides, was indicted for stealing a pair of shoes, value 5s. on the 12th of this Instant May, the Goods of Mary Strange and Benjamin Haslop ; which being plainly proved upon him, the Jury found him guilty to the Value of 10 d.
The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, Transportation.

9. Robert Strange, victim in trial of Thomas Saunderson, killing: murder, 17 Oct 1727.
Thomas Saunderson , Gent . of St. Brides , was indicted for the Murder of Robert Strange , on the 11th of October last, by giving him one mortal Wound on the Left Side near the Short Ribs, of the Breadth of 1 Inch, and the Depth of 6 Inches, of which he instantly died . Ann Thomson depos'd, That the Prisoner came into her Shop (a Pastry-Cook's) with a Woman, and asked for a pound of Plumb Cake, and the Deceas'd being there, offer'd her a Coronation Favor, which she refus'd; upon which the Deceas'd ask'd her, why she would not accept it, saying, There has Favours pass'd between you and I before now; upon which, Words arising between the Prisoner and the Deceas'd, the Prisoner told him he was Saucy for affronting the Gentlewoman; the Deceased ask'd if it was his Wife's the Prisoner said Yes; the Deceased said, She had been his before now; which the Prisoner resenting, threatned to knock him down, hitting him a slap on the Face, and taking the Woman with him they went out of the Shop. Henry Hines depos'd, That he was present in the Shop, and saw the Transactions mention'd by Mrs. Thompson; adding, that when the Prisoner went out of the Shop himself, the Deceased, and one Baxter hiss'd and laugh'd at him; upon which the Prisoner turning back, bid them desist, and the Deceased offer'd to fight him at Small Sword, or at any thing else (if he'd lay his Sword by) for 10 Guineas; That the Prisoner chuck'd the Deceased under the Chin, and the Deceased struck the Prisoner with his Cane, and hit him on the Lip; upon which the Prisoner drew, and push'd at him, and then broke his Sword, and flung away the Pieces. Richard Baxter depos'd; That the Deceased run between the Prisoner and the Gentlewoman before the slap on the Face was given by the Prisoner, that the Deceased would have struck again, but this Deponent hinder'd him; that he this Deponent wou'd have persuaded the Deceased not to follow the Prisoner, but he would not be persuaded, saying he would have a stroak or a knock at him; and following the Prisoner to the Corner of Shoe-lane, the Deceased Struck the Prisoner with his Fist, and that then Several Blows succeeded with their Canes, but he did not see the Sword drawn, nor the Wound given. This Deponent being ask'd, if he did not know that the Deceased made a Practice of taking Women away from Men in the Streets? answer'd Yes, the Prisoner had confess'd to him that he had done such Things. George Turvin depos'd, That when he took the Prisoner, he confess'd, that if the Deceased was dead he had stabb'd him. Mr. Ridout the Surgeon depos'd, That he searched the Wound, and did believe it to be the Occasion of his Death. The Prisoner in his Defence, said, He was sincerely griev'd for the unfortunate Accident, and humbly hop'd, that from the Evidence given, it would appear that the Deceased was the Aggressor, and that what he himself had done, was to avoid the Danger he apprehended of being murder'd. Mrs. Avery depos'd, That in the Pastry-Cook's Shop the Deceased gave the Prisoner very insulting Language, and josled him from her, and that after they came out, and the Quarrel began, the Deceased caught hold of the Prisoner's Cane, and he with others laid on the Prisoner with Sticks, or Canes, as if going to beat down the Side of a House. William Mournsey depos'd, That he saw one or two upon the Prisoner, the one striking him behind, and the other before, in a violent Manner before he drew his Sword. Walter Lee depos'd, That he saw the Deceased hold the Prisoner's Cane, whilst he hit him, and the Prisoner would have persuaded them to go about their Business. Edward Lee , and Moses Odebar depos'd to the like Effect, the latter adding that before the Prisoner drew, his Cane was twisted our of his Hand; he further depos'd, That he saw the Deceased die, and dying, he said, Lord have Mercy upon my Soul, a family forgive the Gentleman, for 'twas through my own Neglect. Several appear'd, and gave the Deceased a very indifferent Character; that he was much addicted to mobbing, &c. and on the contrary, several Gentlemen of Honour and Reputation appear'd in behalf of the Prisoner, giving him the Character of a sober, mild, and discreet Gentleman: Upon the whole, the Jury found him guilty of Manslaughter.

10. Roger L'Estrange, appears in Advertisement from Old Bailey Proceedings; Sir William Lewen, Wednesday 15th October 1718,1-8
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11. Thomas L'Estange and Charles Carton , was indicted for stealing 20 Pair of Stockings , the Goods John Burbeck Senior, on the 26th of June 1725 . Guilty . Transportation .
Thomas L'Estrange, appears in Punishment summary from Old Bailey Proceedings; Sir George Merttins, Wednesday 30th June 1725.

12. Mary Lestrange, victim in trial of Mary Astill, theft: specified place, deception: fraud, 08 Dec 1725.
Mary Astill, was indicted for stealing a Suit of Cloths, a Riding-Hood, a Petticoat, and a Pair of Sheets, the Goods of William Lewis in his House, on the 1st of March. She was a 2d Time indicted for defrauding Mary Lestrange of a Guinea, under Pretence of getting her 21 s. in Silver for it . She was Acquitted of the Misdemeanor, and found Guilty of the Felony. Value 4 s. 10 d.  To be Transported.