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We hope you enjoy the resources on this website and welcome constructive feedback and suggestions. If you have a story from your own research that you’d like to share, please do get in touch. You can email us at ourcriminalpast@gmail.com.

Professor Helen Johnston, University of Hull
Professor Heather Shore, Manchester Metropolitan University

(Please note, we are not a genealogical research service and therefore we are unable to undertake research on your behalf.)

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In 1835 'Thomas Muluoy, a Scotchman, was charged stealing a cheese from the shop of Mr. F. Thompson, grocer, #Ripon. The case was proved, & the Jury returned a verdict of Guilty. Sentenced prisoner to 3 months hard labour at the treadmill.' @ourcriminalpast

In a corner of the men's yard in #Ripon House of Correction was a tread-wheel. It operated machinery in the governor's,Thomas Stubbs, workshop. Stubbs was also inspector for Weights & Measures. It was replaced with 4 work cells for oakum picking in 1862. @ourcriminalpast

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Researching your prison ancestors: an introductory guide - Our Criminal Ancestors #ancestors #familyhistory #Genealogy https://ourcriminalancestors.org/researching-your-prison-ancestors-an-introductory-guide/

In #Ripon an offenders were whipped an ‘at
the tail of a cart’ which meant being pulled, on foot,
behind a small cart whilst being whipped. This was carried out around the Market Place.Whipping of females was abolished in 1820 & all public whipping in 1830. @ourcriminalpast

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The last time the stocks were used in #Ripon Market Place was in September 1859 when 2 individuals suffered 6 hours in them for drunkenness. At this time the use of stocks as a punishment was scarce. @ourcriminalpast

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I've just published a new case study of Caroline Pulley https://ruthsinger.com/2020/06/02/criminal-quilts-case-study-caroline-pulley/

Mary Barclay from Huntly is the focus of the latest Criminal Portraits blog... https://criminalportraits.blogspot.com/2020/06/mary-barclay-old-grey-haired-woman.html?spref=tw

My column on 'Records of Illegitimacy in England' has just been published in 'British Connections', the journal of @ISBGFH. An illegitimate ancestor need not be the end of the line for that branch of your research! #genealogy #familyhistory #research

Enough niceness, back to the docs!
I twote last week about the statutory ban on Law French. It applied to Latin too: here's a before and after from a Herefordshire manor court. Raymond LCJ was appalled by this "dumbing down", saying people would want to use Welsh next!

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Received confirmation today from @uniofleicester that I am officially Dr McKay!! See how this (factually accurate) comic drawn by @AmyAMcKay perfectly mirrors the shifting naval/penal debates concerning prison hulks with the changing role of Javert/Aubrey! ⛵🌊🎉🍾