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The Lives of the London Welsh in the Mid-Eighteenth Century: Evidence from the Old Bailey

In a previous article published in the Transactions in 2011, I examined some aspects of the criminal activity of the London-Welsh in the mid-eighteenth century. Using data from the records of the Old Bailey, my study revealed that thirty-six Welsh persons were tried for crimes of felony in the City of London and the county of Middlesex in the years between 1730 and 1780.1 This new study will continue to look at the thirty-six Welsh persons, but will concentrate on specific aspects of their lives. In particular, the study will enquire: where did the defendants come from and in which areas of London did they settle? What were the defendants’ ages? Were London-Welsh defendants professional or fulltime criminals? And to what extent did poverty contribute to the reason why the London-Welsh committed, or were accused to have committed, their crimes?

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