|Who were the Welsh Drovers?|
|The Welsh drovers were not known for their sobriety in life, they were garrulous and there were temptations in the cities. In 1792 at the Old Bailey, a Sarah Loft with others was accused of violent theft and robbery.
"I am a Welch-drover. I lost my money on Thursday the 2nd of November. I came to town the day before." William Ellis sworn.|
Question. How did it happen? "I will tell you the truth. I light of this young women Sarah Loft at Cow-cross, in the street coming out of an house there, at mid-day: I was sober, I had drank only one pint of beer that day. When I had given her the money, then we had what you know, we laid down on the bed together; ?....... and while I was down they cut my purse, my watch dropped out on the floor........." Question. How much money did you lose? " I lost upwards of £31 and a silver watch". ?......Verdict: Guilty. Punishment: Death.
In January 1811, Sarah Bailey and Thomas Moore were found guilty of theft from David Roberts and were transported for seven years. "I am David Roberts a Welsh drover. On the 7th December about four o'clock, I was in Smithfield; I had been drinking all day. I met a man in the street, he said you are a Welshman......... Question: Did you see the pocket book while you were in the public house. " I put the the £20 and £5 notes in my pocket book at Rumford. I put it in my pocket, and I had never taken it out of my pocket until I found it on the table....................................................
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