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.

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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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