Full List of SomersetExecutions

Executions 1735 – 1799

All executions were carried out at Gallows Field in Ilchester unless otherwise stated in the final column

1735 Humphrey Holling Housebreaking  
1736 Thomas Frankling Highway Robbery  
  Richard Hawkins Housebreaking  
  William Crawford Highway Robbery  
  Jeptha Langman Highway Robbery  
1737 William Spurrier Housebreaking  
  John Johnson Arson  
  William Allford Horse Theft  
1738 Nathaniel Whayman Murder Stonegallows
  George Philips Horse Theft  
  Richard Hobbs Horse Theft  
1739 Thomas Limpons Highway Robbery  
  Thomas Jones Pickpocket  
  William Sterling Murder Stonegallows
1740 Elizabeth Branch Murder  
  Mary Branch Murder  
1740 John Millard Highway Robbery Bedminster Down
  Cornelius York Highway Robbery Brislington Common
  George Masters Highway Robbery  
  William Derrick Highway Robbery  
  John Caswell Housebreaking  
  Edward Taylor Counterfeiting  
  William Holliday Housebreaking  
  Edward Hicks Horse Theft  
  David Curtis Housebreaking  
1741 Hosea Bishop Stealing  
  Thomas Fidler Stealing  
  James Millard House breaking  
  John Edmonds House breaking  
  William Norton Stealing  
  William Hawkins Highway Robbery  
  John Walls House breaking  
  Peter Battle Sheep Theft  
  Sarah Holcombe Murder of bastard child  
1742 Charles Pimm Murder  
  Samuel Barns Sheep theft  
  Thomas Pope House breaking  
1743 John Walker Sheep Theft  
  Ananias Webber House breaking  
  Nicholas Adams Horse theft  
  Edward Pery Murder  
1744 John Cleft Horse theft  
  John Spark Horse theft  
  William Knight Horse theft  
1745 Simon Kingman Stealing  
1746 John Moore Burglary  
  John Bright Horse Theft  
  Marey John Galway Murder Chilton Heath
  Francis Wilkins Murder Black Down
1747 George Cox Robbery  
  John Bailey Murder Stonegallows
  Susanna Way Murder of bastard Child  
1748 William Myer Burglary  
  Joseph Mendoza Murder  
  Richard Biggs Murder Three Holes down, Bath
1750 John Perryman Riot  
  Thomas Roach Riot  
  James Rogers Murder  
1751 William Furze Burglary  
  Jancos Lombard Rape  
  John Baricos Rape  
1753 William Bailey Sr House breaking  
  Robert Yeandell House breaking  
  Edward Bonton House breaking  
  John Poulter Highway Robbery  
  Elizabeth Gammin At Large  
  Susan Bruford Murder Wells
1754 Ambrose Mitchell House breaking  
  Mary Ashford Murder  
  Robert Ashford Murder  
  John Living Murder  
  William Herman Burglary  
  Elizabeth Barmstable House breaking  
1755 George Wilkinson Shot at  
  Edward Norman House Theft  
  James Wallis Forgery  
  John Pepperwell Sheep Theft  
  George Pepperwell Sheep theft  
1756 Samuel Morey House breaking  
  George Webber Stealing  
  William Stork House Theft  
  John Rowley House breaking  
  John Dollis Murder  
1757 Esau Davis Murder  
  Silas Stower Forgery  
1758 Morgan Miles Murder  
  John Cheeter Murder  
  Jacob Ward Stealing  
  George Palmer House breaking  
  William Spratt At Large  
1759 Sarah Evill Murder of bastard male  
  Peter Davenport Highway Robbery  
  Benjamin Alton Highway Robbery  
  James Noble Highway Robbery  
1761 Jean Blave Burglary  
  Edmund Martin stealing  
1762 John Ham Horse stealing Stonegallows
1764 John Tozier Highway Robbery  
1765 Mary Norwood Murder Wells
1766 John Jeffrey Sheep Theft  
  Thomas Greenland Rape  
1768 Ephraim Philpot Murder  
1769 Richard Gulliver Murder  
  John Kingdom Burglary  
1770 Nehemiah Webber Murder Stonegallows
  Stephen Scudder Murder stonegallows
  Charles Sparks Highway Robbery  
  George Shepherd Burglary  
1771 Lewis Balch Burglary  
  John Pinion Burglary  
1772 John Lavington Uttering  
  Elizabeth Mansfield Murder of bastard child  
1774 Walter Thatcher Sheep Theft  
1775 Reginald Tucker Murder  
  William Baker Murder  
1776 William Beer Highway Robbery  
  Thomas Scott Burglary  
  George Bird Murder  
1778 John Stock Burglary  
  David Davis Highway Robbery  
1780 Joseph Barton Rape  
  Joshua Hodges Murder  
  John Butler Riot  
1781 Martha Wills Murder of bastard child Hamp Green, Bridgwater
  James Sage Shot at  
1783 William Lattimore Highway Robbery Stonegallows
  John Wharton Highway Robbery  
  Joseph Edkins coining  
  John Wotton Burglary  
  Samuel Wotton Burglary  
  John Hickman House breaking  
  John Powell House breaking  
  George Gaynes Stealing Bedminster Down
1784 Richard Rendall Highway Robbery Totterdown
  John Jones Highway Robbery  
  John Smith Burglary  
  John Channell Burglary  
  Thomas Phillips Highway Robbery  
  Thomas Reynock Horse Theft  
1785 John Williams Highway Robbery  
  James Johnston Highway Robbery  
  Thomas Winton At Large  
  James Prig Highway Robbery  
  Thomas Gummer Stealing  
  Thomas Woodham Highway Robbery  
  William Stiles Murder Hamp Green
1786 John Gooding Highway Robbery  
  William Cozens Highway Robbery  
  John Ramsden Highway Robbery  
  William Norman House breaking  
  John Smith House breaking  
  John Jenkins Highway Robbery  
  Thomas Frosser House breaking  
  John Clements Horse Theft  
  William Williams Sacrilege  
  Edward Wyatt Sheep Theft  
  James Silverthorn Highway Robbery  
1787 William Lockyer Cattle Theft  
  John Small Horse Theft  
  Richard Dean Sheep theft  
  William Pembury House breaking  
  John Harding House breaking  
  John Cary Highway Robbery  
  Edmund Connell Burglary  
  Grace Bootle Burglary  
1788 John Lewis Horse theft  
  Samuel Yendall Burglary Kingston St Mary
  Jeremiah Mead Burglary  
  Bartholomew Harman High Robbery  
  William Ensell House theft  
1789 Isaac Purnell Burglary  
  John Walford Murder Nether Stowey
  George Partlett Horse Theft  
  John Gould Horse Theft  
  John Hellier Horse Theft  
  John Day Horse Theft  
  John Bartram Horse Theft  
  Samuel Bartram Horse Theft  
1790 Elias Perch House breaking  
  Robert Dallamont House breaking  
  Alexander Pearce Arson  
  George Taylor Burglary  
1791 Thomas Butler Horse Theft  
  Samuel Pearce Horse Theft  
  James Cowerd Burglary  
1792 Job Bawden Murder  
  Joseph Newman Burglary  
1793 Joan Tattel Murder of bastard child Stonegallows
  Jenkin Jones Burglary  
1794 Thomas Withys Murder  
  James Stanley Horse Theft  
1795 William White Murder Bridgwater
1796 Edward Taylor Sheep Theft  
  Barzillai Hallett Arson North Perrot
1797 Edward Moore Sheep Theft  
1798 John Isaacs Murder Stonegallows
  John Thornbutton Sheep Theft  
  Thomas Clark Horse Theft  
1799 William Pearce Burglary  
  John Hewlett Shot At  
  Richard Williams Murder Ilton
  Thomas Bright At Large  
  Abraham Isles Burglary  
  Abraham Scull Burglary  
  William Parfitt Burglary  

1880 – 1849

Executions were carried out at Stonegallows until 1810 and Gallows Field, Ilchester until 1813. After this Executions were carried out at Ilchester gaol. Around 1839 Wilton Prison became the county’s main prison and executions were carried out there at shuttern in Taunton.

1800 Henry London Stealing Gallows Field
  Thomas Coles Burglary             “
  John Trelby Burglary             “
  William Walling Highway Robbery             “
1801 Michael Day Horse theft Stonegallows
  Peter Kingdom Cattle theft             “
  George Tout Sheep theft             “
  Samuel Tout Assault             “
  Robert Westcott Assault             “
  Robert Deo Burglary             “
  Edward Jeffrey Sheep stealing             “
  William Wary Sheep stealing             “
  Robert Wygood Burglary             “
  John Craigal Murder Bridgwater
  Jeremiah Green Burglary Gallows Field
  Amos Plummer Burglary            “
1802 Daniel Cyre Burglary            “
  James Sparkes Forgery            “
  Joel Day Housebreaking            “
  James Smith Highway robbery            “
1803 John Piggott Burglary            “
  Absalom Hunt Horse Stealing            “
1804 William Dowden Highway Robbery            “
  William Needs Highway Robbery            “
  Charles Fuller Burglary            “
1805 George Sawney Horse theft            “
  John Sampson Uttering            “
  William Curtis House breaking            “
  Samuel Harding Highway Robbery            “
1806 John Rouvellet Forgery            “
1807 Joseph Enever Uttering            “
  James Watts Uttering            “
  John Tingley Stealing            “
  Edward Mudford Burglary            “
1808 John Hargan Forgery            “
  James Love Sheep stealing            “
1810 Thomas Gage Murder Stonegallows
  Samuel Gerrish Highway robbery Gallow fields
1811 Arthur Bailey Stealing letters            “
1813 Joseph Bagg Arson Ilchester Gaol
  Samuel Evans Rape Ilchester Gaol
  Thomas Chilcott Sheep theft            “
1814 Sarah Owens House breaking            “
  George Long House breaking            “
  James Pearce Murder            “
1816 James Marsh Murder            “
  James Gardner Rape            “
1817 John Bodmin Attempted Murder            “
  Joseph Turner House breaking            “
  Thomas Langdon Burglary            “
  Abraham Slade Burglary            “
  John Pitts Sheep stealing            “
1818 Mark Sheppard Murder            “
  William Pitcher Stealing            “
  Edward Blandy Highway Robbery            “
  Robery Fry Forgery            “
  George Nuttycombe Uttering            “
1819 William Sage Sheep theft            “
  John Watkins Sheep theft            “
  Charles Hibbert Forgery            “
1821 Duke Flower Burglary            “
  John Kew Highway robbery            “
1822 Benjamin Day Burglary            “
  William Darch Arson            “
  Benjamin Glover Stealing            “
  George Puddy Stealing            “
  Robert Chilcott Bestiality            “
1823 George Steelman Highway robbery            “
  John Taylor Burglary            “
1824 John Beard Highway robbery            “
  Joseph Moon Highway robbery            “
  James Reynolds Murder            “
1825 Joseph Bennett Sodomy            “
  George Maggs Sodomy            “
  Phineas Radford Sheep theft            “
  John Gill Horse theft            “
  John Wilmot Horse theft            “
  Samuel Blanning Highway robbery            “
  Henry York Highway robbery            “
1827 James Clace Horse theft            “
  William Hewlett Sheep theft            “
  Thomas Wiltshire Burglary            “
  William Kerslake Burglary            “
  William Latchem Burglary            “
  John Burton Robbery            “
1828 Richard Gillam Murder            “
1829 John Bailey Uttering            “
1830 John Rowley Arson Kenn
  Richard Clarke Arson            “
  William White Arson            “
1831 Richard Hewlett Attempted Murder Ilchester Gaol
1834 George Hand Arson            “
1835 William Howe Murder            “
  John Hoare Murder            “
  John Plumley Murder            “
1836 Sophia Edney Murder            “
  Daniel Case Arson            “
1839 Charles Wakely Murder            “
1844 Joel Fisher Murder Wilton Prison
1845 Sarah Freeman Murder            “

1850 -1899 17 executions

After 1891 all executions were carried out at Shepton Mallet Prison.

1851 John Wiles Murder Wilton Prison
  John Smith Murder           “
1857 Thomas Nation Murder           “
1858 John Beale Murder           “
1858 John Bucknell Murder           “
1859 William Burgess Murder           “
1861 Matthew Wedmore Murder           “
  Charles Wedmore Murder           “
1867 Charles Britten Murder           “
1872 William Lace Murder           “
1879 Charlotte Churchill Murder           “
1883 Joseph Wedlake Murder           “
  George White Murder           “
1884 Charles Kite Murder           “
1889 Samuel Rylands Murder           “
1891 Harry Dainton Murder Shepton Mallet
1893 Charles Squires Murder           “

1900 -1926

1914   Henry Quartley Murder           Shepton Mallet
1918 Verney Asser (Australian Soldier) Murder           “
1925 William Bignell Murder           “
1926 John Lincoln Murder           “

US Military Soldiers – Shepton Mallet

March 1943 David Cobb Murder Hanging
June 1943 Harold A Smith Murder               “
December 1943 Lee A Davies Murder               “
February 1944 John Waters Murder               “
March 1944 J.C Leatherby Murder               “
May 1944 Wiley Harris Murder               “
May 1944 Alex Miranda Murder Firing Squad
August 1944 Eliga Brinson Rape Hanging
August 1944 Willie Smith Rape               “
October1944 Madison Thomas Rape               “
November 1944 Benjamin Pyegate Murder Firing Squad
January 1945 Ernest Clarke Murder Hanging
January 1945 Augustine Guerra Murder               “
March 1945 Robert Pearson Rape               “
March 1945 Parson Jones Rape               “
April 1945 William Harrison Murder               “
May 1945 George Smith Murder               “
June 1945 Aniceto Martinez Rape               “

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Comments 2

  1. I was 12 in1943 i remember a u s soldier being executed in Shepton mallet prison for the murder of another u s soldier at the white hart pub at Sturminster Newton Dorset.

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