British Executions

John Smith

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: burglary

Date Of Execution: 1 Mar 1784

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Gallows Hill, Ware Road, Hertford

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


March 1784

John Smith, aged 30, found guilty of a burglary in the dwelling house of Thomas Gulston in the parish of Kings Langley on 6th January 1784: stealing 2 red cloth coats (valued at 10/-), 2 loaves (valued at 1/-), 7 pounds of cheese (valued at 1/-), 2 pieces of linen cloth measuring 12 yards (valued at 30/-), a check linen apron (valued at 6d), a child’s linen pack (valued at 5/-), a sack (valued at 3d), a linen table cloth (valued at 6d) and 2 silver tea spoons (valued at 2/-). All four were dieted to Thursday 18 March

The execution of Rust is recorded in the Cambridge Chronicle of Friday 19 March as taking place on Wednesday last - this could be either the 17th or 10th.  Neither George nor Taylor nor Smith is mentioned.