British Executions

John Thomas

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: unknown

Date Of Execution: 21 Apr 1777

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Monday, 21 April 1777

John Thomas (otherwise John Jeffrey) in the parish of Gresford on 1 December 1776 assaulted Charles Ellis in a field by the highway, putting him in fear and stealing from him a silver watch (value £3); 1 guinea and a half guinea (WALES 4/58/7).   He was ordered to be hanged on Monday 21 April and his body afterwards hanged in chains at Rosset Green near Marford Mill (Shrewsbury Chronicle Saturday 12 April).  According to Quarter Session  papers he was dieted for two weeks from the Easter Session, held 8 April, which would tie in with this date.  According to  "Haunted Clwyd" by Richard Holland the gibbet was pulled down and the remains of the body buried on the green: some of the wood of the gibbet was used in the structure of the Golden Lion pub..