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The verdict on Evan Owen  

The records of the court tell us what happened to Evan Owen next. Because he had already been found guilty of one offence his punishment was severe.


The entry reads:
"Ordered that the prisoner be transported beyond the seas to such parts as Her Majesty with the advice of her Privy Council shall direct for the term of seven years".

This legal language means that the Queen's advisers would decide where he went. At this time prisoners were sent to penal colonies in Australia where they would be forced to work in the fields under guard. It is almost certain Evan Owen died there. If he survived the seven year sentence he would have been turned loose with no way of getting back to Wales.

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