Aireborough Historical Society

1762 Rawdon Burglar

Rawdon Burglar
Date 9th February 1762
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
W001     Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
       On Sunday morning the 31st ult, about 1 o'clock, the maid servants of Mrs Nisbet of Pudsey were alarm'd with the noise of thieves breaking into the house and on going down stairs found a man sitting near the fire into which he had put the tongs and poker. They immediately awaken'd an old man servant who, luckily, happen'd to have a fowling piece charged in his bedroom, which he present'd to the villain and threaten'd to blow his brains out if he attempted to quit the room.
        In the meantime the maid servants call'd up a few neighbours who secured the fellow and brought him the same day before Thomas Lee Esq. of this town who gave him his choice : whether he would enlist into His Majesty's Service or be committed to York Castle, the former of which he accepted.
       His name is Joseph Farrar of Rawden, in this County ; he says there are two more young fellows concern'd with him and that they attempted to break into another house in Pudsey the same night but were disappointed. Strict search is making after his accomplices." 

Further information by Christine Lovedale
The King at that time was George 111, Britain was involved in the Seven Years War mainly fighting against France but many other countries were involved. Miscreants would supply the Army and Navy with new recruits.

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