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Caught In The Act

Caught in the act!

1800 to 1831

Was your ancestor the one who gave some information about a crime or did they commit the offence? Search the index of over 9,000 names in Plymouth of those giving sworn statements as witnesses to crimes, plus the names of those standing sureties for either themselves or a witness.

Was your ancestor a witness to a crime in the early 19th century? The examination books held by the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office contain the sworn statements given by the witnesses to a crime. The majority of the crimes are for theft and assault, but there are a few more serious crimes.

The examination books have been indexed by volunteers from the Devon Family History Society and provide the surname, forename, date of the statement and occasional additional information.

The names of those standing sureties for either themselves or a witness to attend the court are listed sometimes with details of their address and occupation and the amount of the surity.

Generally the statements are in date order, with some information added out of date order. The names are also listed alphabetically and a person can appear several times within the date of the statement as there may be more than one witness statement about the offence. As the pages are not numbered it is necessary to search all the statements for a given date.

The examination books give an insight about the general life of our ancestors in the early 1800s.

Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements

/332 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1800-1802
1/333 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1803-1805
1/334 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1805-1808
1/335 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1808-1809
1/336 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1815-1816
1/337 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1826-1829
1/338 Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1829-1831
1/338a Plymouth Borough records: Borough Court, Examinations and Witness Statements 1828-1831

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