A famous trial from the Great Sessions,
Morgan was from Glasbury, her story has been associated with
Presteigne since her tragic death in 1805. She was employed as
a servant at Maesllwch
Glasbury (seen below in a lithograph by J M Ince). Maesllwch
was the seat of Walter Wilkins Esq, the Member of Parliament
for the county.
was working in the kitchens in the early hours of a Sunday in
September 1804 when she became unwell. She later went to her
room in the servant's quarters of the castle. Early that evening
the cook went to her room and accused Mary of having given birth
to a baby, which at first she strongly denied. Later, according
to the evidence given by the cook, Mary Morgan "owned that
she had delivered herself of a child which was in the underbed
cut open, amongst the feathers with the head nearly divided from
the body supposed by a penknife which was found by the witness
under the pillows of the same bed".
The inquest and
The inquest on the baby was
held at Glasbury two days later, and the Coroner's Jury found
"Mary Morgan, late of the Parish of Glazebury, a single
woman on the 23rd day of September being big with child, afterward
alone and secretly from her body did bring forth alive a female
child, which by the laws and customs of this Kingdom was a bastard.
Mary Morgan...moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil
afterwards on the same day,...feloniously, wilfully and of her
malice aforethought did make an assault with a certain penknife
made of iron and steel of the value of sixpence....and gave the
child one mortal wound of the length of three inches and the
depth of one inch. The child instantly died."
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