Aireborough Historical Society

Kitson, John




Title
John Kitson
Date April 1857
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
V222
Comment

 "John Kitson Bigamist of Yeadon

      This man, as we lately stated has a wife and family at Yeadon whom he deserted some time ago and married a widow (a shopkeeper) in Scotland whom he fleeced of her money and then deserted.

      We also mention his base treatment of a young woman at Otley some twelve years ago, when he obtained some money from her having promised marriage (the day being fixed) but he broke his promise and the poor young woman had twins to him, two fine girls now both alive.

        His first marriage took place at Otley Church more than twenty years ago, being the first by the present vicar after his appointment to Otley.

On Thursday week Kitson was placed at the bar of justice at Jedburgh and the Rev. Joshua Hart, vicar of Otley appeared against him being the only living witness to his first marriage.

The prisoner was sentenced to four years of imprisonment".

 Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive, research by Edwy Harling


 

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