The death sentence 2
Death of a felon

  Paying for a burial
Another reference to the death sentence appears in the extract from the Quarter Sessions shown below. It also serves as a reminder that imprisonment for debt was once a very common practice. Although the concept seems strange today, in these times prisoners had to pay for their own subsistence when they were in jail, and poor prisoners had to be provided with the "county bread".

Quarter Sessions
Epiphany 1741

County Archives

Quarter Sessions extract

This extract from the Order Book of the Breconshire Quarter Sessions reads as follows:
"County Goal [an early version of the later spelling]
Ordered that ye sum of Eleven Pounds four shillings and four pence be forthwith raised on ye Inhabitants of this County and Paid Into ye hands of John Prossor Keeper of ye said Goal to Remburse him his Expences in Maintaining ye Poor Prisoners in his Custody together with ye Sum of Thirteen Shillings and Ten Pence by him laid out in Burying ye Body of one David Jones a Felon under Sentence of Death who Died in the said Goal."

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