Whitehall, September 3. 1685

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in the city of Winchester.

The gossip in the taverns and coffee-houses is that the earl of Feversham has been given late Lady’s estate worth over £5,000 a year. This is for his services commanding the army that was victorious over the late Duke of Monmouth’s rebels.

The Bloody Assize Timeline:
Trial of Alice Lisle
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A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

Alice Lisle is to Burn
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This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

Reprieve for Mrs Lisle
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An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

Kings Justice for Lady Lisle
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An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

Salisbury, September 1. 1685
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An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

Beheading of Lady Lisle
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An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

Whitehall, September 3. 1685
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The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

Dorchester, September 4. 1685
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This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

Dorchester, September 5. 1685
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An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

Dorchester, September 6. 1685
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For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

Dorchester, September 7. 1685
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An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

Dorchester, September 10. 1685
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A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Bridport, September 12. 1685
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An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

Lyme, September 12. 1685
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An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

Exeter, September 13. 1685
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An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

Exeter, September 14. 1685
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The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

Sherborne, September 15. 1685
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An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Weymouth, September 15. 1685
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Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Taunton, September 18. 1685
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An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Taunton, September 19. 1685
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A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

Taunton September 21, 1685
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The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

Poole, September 21. 1685
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Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Wells, September 22, 1685
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Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Wareham, September 22. 1685
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Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

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Beheading of Lady Lisle

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

My lord,

It was at about four when this lady of over seventy years was brought to the scaffold erected in the market-place of Winchester. She mounted the stairs with help from her maid. All around there was great sorrow from her friends and neighbours in the crowd. When asked by the sheriff if she had any last words, this noble lady, shock her head, but handed him a paper that she had written the night before. The sheriff now read her last words to the crowd, parts of which are not without interest and are captured below:

“Gentlemen, Friends, and Neighbours, it may be expected that I should say something at my death, my birth and education being near this place. My parents instructed me in the fear of God and I now die of the reformed religion, always being instructed in that belief, that if Popery should return to this nation, it would be a great judgement….” her words then described the relationship she had with the Lord God almighty.

Then he continued “I did as little expect to come to this place on this occasion as any person in this nation….My crime was entertaining a nonconformist minister, who is since sworn to have been in the late duke of Monmouth’s army. I am told if I had not denied them, it would not have affected me. I have no excuse but surprise and fear, which I believe my jury must use of to excuse their verdict to the world…I have been told that the court ought to be counsel for the prisoner, instead of which there was evidence given from thence; which though it were hearsay, might possibly affect my jury. My defence was such as might be expected from a weal women. But such as it was I did not hear it repeated again to the jury.

But I forgive all persons that have done me wrong, and I desire that God will do so likewise. I forgive colonel Penruddock, though he told me, he could have taken those men before they came to my house.

I acknowledge his majesty’s favour in altering my sentence and I pray God to preserve him, that he may long reign in peace, and the true religion flourish under him.

Two things I have omitted to say, which is, that I forgive him that desired to be taken from the Grand Jury to the petty jury, that he might be the more nearly concerned in my death.

Also, I returned humble thanks to Almighty God, and the reverend clergy that assisted me in my imprisonment.”

Now she prayed with the Minster who attended her, then after removing her white coif, which she handed this to her maid before giving Mr Ketch a coin. Then she knelt with much grace and calmness of spirit, made a simple prayer, before laying her neck on the block.

With this Mr Ketch took her head off with one clean cut, on which the crowd gave out a gasp as one, with her friend fulling into a great rage of sadness. Some dipped there kerchiefs in her blood now pooling on the floor below the scaffold. So passed this god and noble lady from this world. She is to be the first martyr in Jeffreys campaign in the west.

After her execution, her remains where given to her daughters, who carried them back to Moyles Court at Ellington. Where will be entombed the following day. So ended the life of Lady Lisle, in my next I shall give an account of the Assize in Dorchester.

Your in the cause of the righteous.

William Savage

The Bloody Assize timeline:
Trial of Alice Lisle
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A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

Alice Lisle is to Burn
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This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

Reprieve for Mrs Lisle
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An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

Kings Justice for Lady Lisle
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An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

Salisbury, September 1. 1685
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An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

Beheading of Lady Lisle
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An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

Whitehall, September 3. 1685
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The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

Dorchester, September 4. 1685
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This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

Dorchester, September 5. 1685
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An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

Dorchester, September 6. 1685
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For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

Dorchester, September 7. 1685
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An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

Dorchester, September 10. 1685
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A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Bridport, September 12. 1685
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An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

Lyme, September 12. 1685
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An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

Exeter, September 13. 1685
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An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

Exeter, September 14. 1685
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The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

Sherborne, September 15. 1685
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An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Weymouth, September 15. 1685
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Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Taunton, September 18. 1685
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An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Taunton, September 19. 1685
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A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

Taunton September 21, 1685
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The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

Poole, September 21. 1685
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Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Wells, September 22, 1685
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Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Wareham, September 22. 1685
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Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

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Kings Justice for Lady Lisle

What follows is an Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle

Windsor, August 31. 1685

My lord,

This morning the following Petition was presented to the King from the people of Winchester, which it is reported, was also signed by Lady Lisle herself:

“To the King’s most excellent Majesty; The Humble Petition of Alicia Lisle.

That your Petitioner lie under a sentence of death, for harbouring one John Hicks, and is sentenced to be burnt on Wednesday next. That she is the daughter Sir William Beconshaw, descended of an ancient and honourable family and related to several of the best families of the nobility of this kingdom. Wherefore, your Petitioner humbly begs your Majesty, that execution may be altered from burning to beheading and may be respited for four days. And your Petitioner shall ever pray, &c.”

It is the gossip at court that the Kings response to the brave Lady’s letter from yesterday and the petition was that he had assured Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys that he would not turn the verdict they had both agreed before his departure. I have it on good authority he finished with these words:

“I will not reprieve her one day, but for the altering of the Sentence I would do it, if there were any Precedents for it.”

With some small mercy, later the King was pleased to announce that he had signed the following Warrant:

“To our trusty and well-beloved the High-Sheriff of our county of Hants, and to all others whom it may concern.

Whereas we are informed that Alicia Lisle has received Sentence of death for high treason at the sessions of Oyer and Terminer, and gaol-delivery, held at our city of Winchester, for harbouring of  John Hicks a rebel, and that the sentence is to be executed upon the second of September next, by burning her alive. And whereas the said Alicia Lisle has humbly petitioned us to alter the manner of the said execution, by causing her head to be severed from her body. We, being graciously pleased to condescend to her request, have thought fit hereby to signify our will and pleasure is, that you deliver the head and body to her relations to be privately and decently interred. And for so doing this shall be your warrant. Given at our court at Windsor, the 31st day of August 1685, in the first year of our reign.

Sunderland”

It is now plain that the poor Lady Lisle was dead even before the jury had heard the case. In my next, will be an account of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys at the Salisbury Assize and the final act of murder against Lady Lisle.

You most humble and loyal servant in the cause,

William Savage

The Bloody Assize Timeline:
Trial of Alice Lisle
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A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

Alice Lisle is to Burn
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This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

Reprieve for Mrs Lisle
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An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

Kings Justice for Lady Lisle
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An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

Salisbury, September 1. 1685
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An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

Beheading of Lady Lisle
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An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

Whitehall, September 3. 1685
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The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

Dorchester, September 4. 1685
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This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

Dorchester, September 5. 1685
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An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

Dorchester, September 6. 1685
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For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

Dorchester, September 7. 1685
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An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

Dorchester, September 10. 1685
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A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Bridport, September 12. 1685
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An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

Lyme, September 12. 1685
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An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

Exeter, September 13. 1685
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An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

Exeter, September 14. 1685
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The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

Sherborne, September 15. 1685
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An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Weymouth, September 15. 1685
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Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Taunton, September 18. 1685
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An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Taunton, September 19. 1685
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A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

Taunton September 21, 1685
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The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

Poole, September 21. 1685
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Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Wells, September 22, 1685
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Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Wareham, September 22. 1685
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Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

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Reprieve for Mrs Lisle

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King

My lord,

What is clear, is that the shock of the sentence to burn Lady Lisle was felt in London and even in the King’s court. For although, that place was full of Tory’s and Catholics, Lady Lisle did have friends brave enough to write to the King himself.  One of our agents saw such a letter written by two Lady’s, which was delivered via the offices of the Lord Privy Seal, the earl of Clarendon. Here is a copy of this paper.

“Windsor, August 30. 1685

Your lordship,

Understanding that Mrs Lisle is condemned and that many false things are reported of her that may hinder the King from showing her mercy. Particularly, that she was an enemy to the King’s friends in the time of the late wars. As to that, we can assure your lordship, that she was a favour of them in their greatest extremities; and particularly of us and of some others that are since dead. And for these late years we have often been in her company, and never heard her say anything but what became a loyal subject. This we desire your lordship would be pleased to represent to the King, and to intercede for her reprieve.

Which will be a great obligation to your lordship humble servants,

Lady M. St. John.
Lady E. Abergavenny”

The agent also heard talk that the earl of Feversham was offered the considerable sum of £1000 to interject on the poor Lady Lisle behalf. Whilst, other petitions are in hand from Winchester.

In my next, I shall be able to give you an account his majesties reply to this noble request.

Your in the cause,

William Savage

The Bloody Assize timeline:
Trial of Alice Lisle
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A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

Alice Lisle is to Burn
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This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

Reprieve for Mrs Lisle
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An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

Kings Justice for Lady Lisle
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An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

Salisbury, September 1. 1685
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An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

Beheading of Lady Lisle
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An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

Whitehall, September 3. 1685
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The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

Dorchester, September 4. 1685
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This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

Dorchester, September 5. 1685
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An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

Dorchester, September 6. 1685
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For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

Dorchester, September 7. 1685
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An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

Dorchester, September 10. 1685
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A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Bridport, September 12. 1685
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An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

Lyme, September 12. 1685
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An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

Exeter, September 13. 1685
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An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

Exeter, September 14. 1685
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The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

Sherborne, September 15. 1685
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An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Weymouth, September 15. 1685
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Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Taunton, September 18. 1685
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An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Taunton, September 19. 1685
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A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

Taunton September 21, 1685
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The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

Poole, September 21. 1685
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Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Wells, September 22, 1685
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Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Wareham, September 22. 1685
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Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

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Alice Lisle is to Burn

This is a true Account of the sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

My lord,

What I now give you, is an account from a witness to the sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle.

The next morning, being Friday, August 28, Lady Lisle was once more brought to the bar. She was to be sentenced for harbouring one Mr Hicks, who was declared a traitor although he had not been convicted as such, nor had he appeared on any lists of known enemies. Thus, making it impossible for anyone to know the punishment for giving him assistance was also treason. Therefore, making the trial of Lady Lisle a cruel indictment on Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys and the King himself.  For as you shall read, as is the way of all tyrants, his majesty clearly agreed the verdict before the case was heard before the Jury.

Calling Lady Lisle to the bar for the final time, Justice Jeffreys, gave a long and rambling rant on the ‘…canting, whining, Presbyterian, fanatical profession… of Mr Hick.’ After which pointing at Lady Lisle and beseeched the local populace to take heed and learn, ‘from that women, the sad and dismal effects of disloyalty a treason; and from all the rest the deplorable mischiefs that attend licentiousness and debauchery.’ It was only now that he pronounced the sentence, ‘there remains no more for me to do, I say but to pronounce the sentence of the law, which is this. The court does award, that you Mrs Lisle, will be conveyed from whence you came, and thence you are to be drawn upon a hurdle to the place of Execution, where your body is to be burnt alive till you be dead. And the Lord have mercy upon your Soul.’

At this some around her did cry ‘Lord have Mercy!’ yet, Lady Lisle did not flinch or sway, even a little. Then Justice Jeffreys continued, ‘Look you Mrs Lisle, when I left his majesty, he was pleased to remit the time of all executions to me, that where-ever I found any obstinacy or impenitence, I might order the executions with what speed I should think best. Therefore, Mr Sheriff, take notice, you are to prepare for the execution of this gentlewomen this afternoon. But withal, I give you the prisoner, this intimation. The judges shall stay in town an hour or two, you shall have pen, ink and paper, brought to you and if in the mean time you employ them in this hour, it maybe you hear further from us, in deferring the execution.’ With this the poor unfortunate Lady was taken away by the Sherrif

It was now clear to all those in that court, that the King himself had sanctioned this case. The King had set both the verdict and sentence with Justice Jeffreys before even the Jury was called. Their plan was to entrap the non-conformist Presbyterian community into treason and thereby purge the country of them. Only the fortitude of Lady Lisle saved so many more innocent lives from martyrdom. For she did employ the pen, ink or paper but only for her last words and testimony.

Only by chance, the Sheriff was not able to complete the sentence before the Assize left Winchester and announced that the execution could happen before Monday for want of good kindling. Furthermore, the cathedral and town dignitaries, in some shock as to the brutal and unusual project to burn a woman with hours, visited the court Judges. With this and nothing being forthcoming from Lady Lisle, the Lord Chief Justice agreed to adjourn the execution until Wednesday. The friends of the poor Lady are now in earnest looking to change the sentence by pleading directly with the King. For my part, I see little chance of this, for only the King can overturn the verdict and sentence, yet he is only thinking of blood, slaughter and vengeance.

In my next, I shall write to you of the final injustice given to Lady Lisle.

Your humble servant.

William Savage

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Trial of Alice Lisle
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A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

Alice Lisle is to Burn
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This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

Reprieve for Mrs Lisle
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An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

Kings Justice for Lady Lisle
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An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

Salisbury, September 1. 1685
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An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

Beheading of Lady Lisle
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An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

Whitehall, September 3. 1685
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The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

Dorchester, September 4. 1685
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This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

Dorchester, September 5. 1685
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An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

Dorchester, September 6. 1685
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For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

Dorchester, September 7. 1685
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An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

Dorchester, September 10. 1685
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A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Bridport, September 12. 1685
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An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

Lyme, September 12. 1685
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An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

Exeter, September 13. 1685
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An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

Exeter, September 14. 1685
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The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

Sherborne, September 15. 1685
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An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Weymouth, September 15. 1685
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Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Taunton, September 18. 1685
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An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Taunton, September 19. 1685
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A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

Taunton September 21, 1685
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The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

Poole, September 21. 1685
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Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Wells, September 22, 1685
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Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Wareham, September 22. 1685
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Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

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Trial of Alice Lisle

This being a true Account of the Trial of Lady Alice Lisle, in Winchester on August 27, 1685.

My lord,

What follows is an account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness to the justice offered by a tyrant.

The trial of Lady Lisle does cast a dark shadow on the Justice of this Kingdom. As the poor Lady, of over seventy years, was forced to wait all day through normal mix of murders and other villains, all of which had no part in the late Rebellion. So, it was not until past five in evening, that her case was heard by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys.

The proceeding started in the normal way, for Alice Lisle was called to the bar and the charge was laid before the Jury that she had aided and assisted Mr Hicks, a known traitor from Monmouth’s Rebellious Army, therefore was guilty of High Treason. To this the noble lady pleaded ‘Not Guilty’. Now the old Lady was very deaf and give the support of Mr Browne to repeat the case to her. Also, her being frail in the frame, the Judges allowed her to be seated for the whole indictment.

The Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys opened by reminding the Jury that the Lady was the widow of Lisle, that murderous regicide and follower of Cromwell. Furthermore, that one Mr Hicks, whom she had sheltered, was a conventicle preacher and one of the most active instruments in bring about the horrid rebellion. Justice Jeffreys stated that Mr Hicks was witnessed by loyal subjects captured after the Keynsham fight to be in Monmouth’s Army. At this juncture the poor Lady stood and declared herself as against the Rebellion but Judge Jeffreys told her to be silent.

There now there followed a long examination of one Mr Dunne by Justice Jeffreys, as to how the traitor did arrive at Lady Lisle house in Ellingham, Hampshire. As to how Mr Dunne had taken a letter to Lady Lisle and then helped the traitors from Warminster to her home Moyle Court, across Salisbury Plain. Justice Jeffreys cross examined the man himself, with some anger and many tirades against dissenters. Justice Jeffreys attempted all-a-while to force the witness to admit that the prisoner knew of the rebellious and treasonous actions of Mr Hicks. With some viciousness Jeffreys did force Mr Dunne to confess that Lady Lisle may have known that Mr Hicks was a non-conformist preacher.

Then Colonel Penruddock, was called to give an account of how the Mr Dunne and the two fugitives, including Mr Hicks, where captured at Moyle Court after an informant had given up the villainous traitors. By now the sun had set and it being a late, warm August evening, Lady Lisle had been asleep for most of the proceedings. Only being awoken to cross examine each witness, which she rarely did or to give her defence. In this, Lady Lisle stated that she only knew Mr Hicks as a non-conformist preacher. That he was looking for a place of safety as a dissenter. She declared that on discovering one of the fugitives was Mr Nelthorpe, a wanted conspirator in the Rye House plot, she sent word to Colonel Penruddock. Finally, she told the court that she had been in London for the whole of the summer and that she was against the Duke of Monmouth’s Rebellion and a loyal supporter of King James II.

Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys started his summing up of the case indictment against Lady Lisle by attacking dissenters and non-conformists, ‘for they are to blame for the death of King Charles I’. Then pointing to the prisoner stated, ‘I will not say, what hand her husband had in the death of that blessed martyr, she has enough to answer for in her own guilt. I must confess that it ought not be one way or other to make any ingredient in this case, what she was in former times.’ In his final words to the Jury, he assures them the that testimony of Alice Lisle guilt is, ‘as plain a proof can be given and as evident as the sun at noon day.’ They are warned that the neither the prisoner’s age nor her sex is to move them, and they are to consider the verdict.

For all those present, it was clear that the poor Lady knew of Mr Hicks, but not as a fugitive from high treason but one from religious persecution and no evidence was offered to prove that point. Indeed, Mr Hicks had not yet been tried or proven to be a traitor. For before retiring, the Juryman asked Justice Jeffreys if Lady Lisle could be tried of treason when Mr Hicks had not been convicted of treason. To which Jeffrey replied that, ‘it was all the same, that certainly there can be no doubt Mr Hicks committed treason.’ With these words, the Jury was sent off, to come to a verdict.

After quarter of an hour the Jury return and the Jurymen stated that they were in still doubt if Lady Lisle knew Mr Hicks was in the Army and was therefore the verdict was Not Guilty.’ With this Justice Jeffreys flew into a rage shouting ‘There is a full proof, as proof can be; but you are the judges of the proof, for my part I thought there was no difficultly in it.’ He then goes back over all evidence proving her guilt. Then rounding up, once more he says, ‘Come, come gentlemen this is a plain proof of guilt.’ With this he asks the Jury to retire once more, and again they return with the verdict Not Guilty!

With this affront to the King’s Justice, Jeffreys now comes to the truth of matter and states that the Jury shall retire again and ‘if they don’t return with the correct verdict, shall themselves be tried of high treason.’ With this the Jury came back immediately with the verdict of ‘Guilty’.

Now, with this verdict in, the Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys said to the court, ‘Gentlemen, I did not think I would have had any occasion to speak after your verdict but finding some hesitancy and doubt about you; I cannot but say I wonder it should come about, for I think in my conscience the evidence was as full and as plain as could be, and if I had been among you and she had been my own mother, I should of found her guilty.’ Then he rose and it now being eleven of the clock, the assize was over for the day.

In my next, I shall give a full account of the sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle.

Your loyal servant in the cause.

William Savage 

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Trial of Alice Lisle
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A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

A true account of the trial of Alice Lisle in Winchester, given by a witness the justice offered by a tyrant. 

Alice Lisle is to Burn
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This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

This is a true Account of the Sentencing of Lady Alice Lisle by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys on August 28 in Winchester.

Reprieve for Mrs Lisle
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An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

An Account of the letter from the friends of Lady Lisle to the King delivered on August 30. 1685

Kings Justice for Lady Lisle
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An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

An Account of the tyrant Kings response to the request for the reprieve of Alice Lisle on Monday, August 31, 1685

Salisbury, September 1. 1685
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An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

An Account of the Western Assize court of Lord Chief Justice Jeffrey at Salisbury.

Beheading of Lady Lisle
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An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

Whitehall, September 3. 1685
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The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

The news in London is that Dame Alicia Lisle was beheaded yesterday in Winchester.

Dorchester, September 4. 1685
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This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

This being a brief account of the opening of the Dorchester Assize where 337 souls are to be tried.

Dorchester, September 5. 1685
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An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

An account of the first day at the Dorchester Assize where 29 men have been sentenced to death

Dorchester, September 6. 1685
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For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

For some sentenced to die tomorrow there is a reprieve as Mr Ketch can only kill and quarter 13 in one day, even with the help of Pascha Rose

Dorchester, September 7. 1685
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An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the thirteen Martyrs executed in Dorchester by Lord Jeffreys

Dorchester, September 10. 1685
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A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

A list of the final sentences from the Dorchester Assize as given by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Bridport, September 12. 1685
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An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the nine Martyrs executed in Bridport by Lord Jeffreys

Lyme, September 12. 1685
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An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

An account of the twelve Martyrs executed in Lyme Regis by Lord Jeffreys

Exeter, September 13. 1685
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An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

An account of the last words of our friend, Sir John Kidd, martyred at Lyme on September 12, 1685.

Exeter, September 14. 1685
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The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

The list of three Martyrs executed in the West after sentencing by Lord Jeffreys

Sherborne, September 15. 1685
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An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the executions and a list of the martyrs at Sherborne on the orders of Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Weymouth, September 15. 1685
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Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Of the twelve Martyrs executed in Weymouth on orders of Lord Jeffreys

Taunton, September 18. 1685
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An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

An account of the first day of the Taunton Assize court presided over by Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys

Taunton, September 19. 1685
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A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

A letter from Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys to King James II detailing the value of each rebel.

Taunton September 21, 1685
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The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

The four martyrs that died at Taunton and the final list of verdicts from the Assize court.

Poole, September 21. 1685
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Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the eleven Martyrs executed in Poole on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Wells, September 22, 1685
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Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Of the 543 men at Wells awaiting this bloody Assize Court of Judge Jeffreys

Wareham, September 22. 1685
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Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

Of the Six Martyrs executed in Wareham and Wells on the orders of Judge Jeffreys

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