Friday, June 24, 2016

Gloucestershire Prison Records on Ancestry

Prison registers and mugshots from Gloucestershire has been made available online for the first time.
Released by Ancestry on Monday 20th June, the new Gloucestershire Prison Records provides details about individuals who found themselves in prison between 1728 and 1914 and comprises over 235,000 records.
Searchable by name, age, type, date and location of crime, the digitised prison registers cover several different gaols across the county, with many of the records from 1870 onwards accompanied by photographs.
Below is the record of seven-year-old Edgar Kilminster, complete with mugshot, who was arrested along with his brother for stealing sweetmeats.  As a result of his crime, Edgar – who was only 3ft 10in tall – was sentenced to seven days’ hard labour and given “12 strokes with the birch”.

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