Black Sheep Sunday, Liverton, North Yorkshire, Richardson, Yorkshire

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) (For Part III click here) The last time we met John & William Richardson, they had admitted their guilt to the York Assizes and were on their way to Millbank prison in London to await transportation for ten years. Following their stay in Millbank they… Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustlers part IV

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Black Sheep Sunday, Liverton, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

(For Part I click here) (For Part II click here) So John and William found themselves in York Castle prison, charged with two counts of sheep theft.  On 23rd of December 1843, the York Herald reported that they had pleaded guilty to both counts and William also admitted to having stolen a bay gelding from… Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part III

Moorsholm, Yorkshire

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II

(For Part I click here) William and John Richardson's freedom following their discharge by the York magistrates was short-lived.  The following Saturday a warrant was issued for their arrest; evidence had been discovered of further sheep thefts carried out by the brothers.  John was arrested at a farmhouse in Wheldrake, while William had arrived at… Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II