Index to Transcripts of Trials at
The Old Bailey
Transcripts provided by Mike Shakespeare, of Birmingham
These eighteenth century trials provide a fascinating glimpse into the social lives of our relatives over two hundred years ago. Additionally, they may provide clues to the origins of a number of Shakespeare lines in the USA and, at a later date, Australia, as a number of Shakespeares were sentenced to transportation.
A number of cases refer to members of the 'Stepney' family eg Arthur, who appears several times as a victim, and John, the Sherriff. It has not yet been determined who the other Shakespeares are.
|Arthur Shakespeare||1781||Victim (2)|
|Elizabeth Shakespeare||1788||Punishment (2)|
|Elizabeth Shakespeare||1788||Theft (2)|
|John Shakespeare||1764||Character Witness|
|Sarah Shakespeare als Bird||1730||Theft|