23 March 2020

Ancestry adds Newgate Calendar of Prisoners, 1785-1853

Taken from Series HO77 at The (UK) National Archives, Kew, the 257,953 records now on Ancestry consists of lists, for the most part printed, of prisoners tried at Assizes and Quarter Sessions.

The following information can be found in the records where available: Name, Age, Birthdate, Occupation, Date of trial, Offence, Sentence, Place of the arrest. If you find a person of interest the short description of the offence will likely be of particular interest.

Findmypast has a collection Britain, Newgate Prison Calendar Vols 1 & 2, 1780-1841 with "stories of arson, murder, piracy, embezzlement, conspiracy, and treason."

The title page displayed to the left is from another older version from the Internet Archive linked from The Public Domain Review. It's readable but poor quality with the long s used throughout.

See also The Digital Panopticon.

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