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Prison escapes 1
An escape before transportation

  A penalty for the gaoler
The extract below from the records of the Quarter Sessions shows that the keeper of the gaol in Brecon in 1757 had his pay substantially cut after losing one of his female prisoners. Such escapes were not uncommon, hence the many references to the 'ironing' or chaining up of prisoners.

Quarter Sessions
Michaelmas 1757

County Archives

 Quarter Sessions extract

This entry from the Order Book reads as follows:
"It is ordered that the Sum of five Pounds Additional Sallary to the Gaoler be Struck off for his Misbehaviour in Letting a Convict under Sentence of Transportation make her Escape." 

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