Female convicts from the UK

This useful site was sent to me by Marion Moverley:

  • Go to the web site of the National Archives www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
  • go to Search the Archives and then Catalogue
  • in department put in PCOM 4 for women or PCOM3 for men
  • Go to the top ‘search’ icon then you can search by name, or by crime or, as I have, put in the term “York” and get a description of the female prisoner (between 1853 – 1887)

At the National Archives there is a whole file on each of these, on the web you just get a description of the file. Some files have photographs of the prisoner, their medical history, and what happened to them.

Here is an example – Licence Number: 2515. Name: Mary Ann Sullivan (alias Catherine  Casey). Convicted of: Larceny: stealing 10 yards of black silk. Court of Conviction: County of York Sessions, Northallerton, Yorkshire, West Riding. {?} Date of Conviction: 14 October 1862. Age on Conviction: 18. Sentence: 4 years penal servitude. Place of Abode: [Not given].  Covering dates 1866 Jan 31

Thanks Marion for sharing this useful resource.

About mallerstang

Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at www.cumpston.org.uk I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at https://laxenresearch.wordpress.com/ and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough https://knaggsresearch.wordpress.com/
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