British Executions

Mary Ellenor

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: infanticide

Date Of Execution: 13 Oct 1708

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Mary Ellenor , of St. Olives Silver-street , was Indicted for the Murder of her Male Infant Bastard Child, on the 25th of September last, by throwing of it into an House of Easement fill'd with Filth, of which it instantly died . She was a 2d time Indicted upon the Coroner's Inquest, for the Murder of the said Infant. It appeared by the Evidence that on the 23d of September the Prisoner was taken ill, and complained to her Mistress of a Pain in the Arm: That thinking it might be the Rheumatism, she gave her things suitable to the Distemper. That the Prisoner's Illness continued upon her till Morning the 25th of September, when by divers Circumstances it appeared that she had been delivered of a Child, and searching the House of Office, a Child was found newly thrown in. The Prisoner pretended that it was a Miscarriage, but sufficient Proof being given that she went her full time, and the Prisoner alledging nothing in her Defence, the Jury found her Guilty of the Indictment.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 6.0, 10 October 2011), October 1708, trial of Mary Ellenor (t17081013-1).