British Executions

John Swain

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: burglary

Date Of Execution: 21 Aug 1778

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Chelmsford

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Friday, 21 August 1778                                    

John Swain found guilty on an indictment for a burglary in the dwelling house of William Hitchen in the parish of Finchingfield on 10th March 1778: stealing therefrom 2 chocolate coloured cotton handkerchiefs (valued at 4/-), 2 pairs of men’s leather shoes (valued at 2/-), 2 pairs of women’s leather shoes (valued at 7/-), 4 pounds of tobacco (value at 12/-), 8 gold guineas, 1 gold half guinea, 1 silver sixpence and £6 in money numbered.