The K Files: Montgomeryshire Kinseys in the The Court of Great Sessions in Wales (1730 - 1830)

Preamble:

In previous blog entries, Kinseys have been the purveyors of crime. However, this time when one looks at the files of the Court of Great Sessions in Wales, one finds that Kinseys are the accusers rather than the ones being accused.

The Court of Great Sessions of Wales (1730 - 1830)


The Crime and Punishment database at the National Library of Wales comprises data about crimes, criminals and punishments. Included in the gaol files of the Court of Great Sessions in Wales from 1730 until its abolition in 1830. The Court could try all types of crimes, from petty thefts to high treason. In practice, most of the petty crimes were heard at the Courts of Quarter Sessions, whose records are held by the Welsh county record offices.

1. Stephen Kinsey of Llandinam, Montgomeryshire (25 July 1801)

Accused: Henry Hamer; Parish: Mochdre; County: Montgomery; Status: Labourer
Offence: Theft of sheep belonging to persons unknown, killing one with an intent to steal the carcass. Prisoner aged 46.
Location and date: Parish: Mochdre; County: Montgomery; Date: 25 July 1801
Prosecutor: Stephen Kinsey, Llandinam, farmer
Verdict: No true bill.
File number: 4/197/2
Document number: 8
Other documents: Ca, R

2. Stephen Kinsey of Llandinam, Montgomeryshire (12 September 1806)

Accused: Joseph Rees; Parish: Llandinam; County: Montgomery; Status: Labourer
Offence: Theft of sheep.
Location and date: Parish: Llandinam; County: Montgomery; Date: 12 September 1806
Prosecutor: Stephen Kinsey, Llandinam, farmer
Plea: Not guilty.
Verdict: Not guilty.
File number: 4/198/5
Document number: 1
Other documents: E, R

3a. Thomas Kinsey of Llandinam, Montgomeryshire (18 May 1812)

Accused: Jeremiah Buffy; Parish: Sidbury, co. Salop (~); County: Outside Wales; Status: Servant (Amendments)
Offence: Theft of horses. Prisoner originally from Welshpool?
Location and date: Parish: Llandinam; County: Montgomery; Date: 18 May 1812
Prosecutor: Thomas Kinsey, Llandinam, yeoman
Plea: Not guilty.
Verdict: Guilty.
Punishment: Sentenced on another indictment
File number: 4/199/6
Document number: 11
Other documents: E, I/Cp, R

3b. Jeremiah Buffy of Sidbury, Salop (18 May 1812)

Accused: Jeremiah Buffy; Parish: Sidbury, co. Salop (~); County: Outside Wales; Status: Servant (Amendments)
Offence: Theft of a horse belonging to the prosecutor, his mother Elizabeth Pryce and his brother Richard Whilding Pryce. Horse recovered at Welshpool, co. Mont. Prisoner originally from Welshpool?
Location and date: Parish: St Harmon (~); County: Radnor; Date: 18 May 1812 (Amendments)
Prosecutor: Jacob Pryce, St. Harmon, yeoman
Plea: Not guilty.
Verdict: Guilty.
Punishment: Death~~ (Amendments)
File number: 4/199/6
Document number: 12
Other documents: E, R, J

* Notes: Jeremiah Buffy was transported from on the HMS Earl Spenser from England on 2 June 1813 and arrived in Sydney, Australia on 9 October 1813. He died in New South Wales and was buried on 5 September 1836.

4. Thomas Kinsey of Llandinam, Montgomeryshire (21 May 1817)

Accused: John Pryce; Parish: Berriw (~); County: Montgomery; Status: Labourer (Amendments)
Offence: Burglary of prosecutor's house and stealing wearing apparel belonging to the prosecutor, his brother Evan Kinsey and Richard Bebb. Apprehended at Knighton, co. Rad.
Location and date: Parish: Llandinam; County: Montgomery; Date: 21 May 1817
Prosecutor: Thomas Kinsey, Llandinam, gent.
Plea: Not guilty.
Verdict: Guilty.
Punishment: Transported for 7 years~~ (Amendments)
File number: 4/200/6
Document number: 18
Other documents: I/Cp/E ( in 4/200/5 ); R, J

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