British Executions

Robert Drewitt

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: highway robbery

Date Of Execution: 13 Apr 1798

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Sussex

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Robert Drewitt, aged 28, and William Drewitt, aged 26, found guilty on an indictment for the highway robbery of James Dudman in the parish of Eastbourne on 5th December 1798: robbing him of a leather portmanteau (valued at 3/-) and 6 leather bags (valued at 6/-), the property of the King. On this indictment they were sentenced to hang.  This was a mail robbery and the other charges detailed contents of the stolen Arundel, Petsworth and Midhurst bags. After execution their bodies were hanged on chains on North Heath Common near Midhurst