A Stay of Execution for the Rioters


John Glover and Benjamin Bowsey had been among those charged with ‘riotous and tumultuous assembly’ during the Gordon Riots of 1780. Convicted and sentenced to death in less than a month, they were held in Newgate prison (which had been attacked during the riots) awaiting execution.

This page shows that both were granted a stay of execution in July 1780. For some reason, Glover’s reprieve was indefinite - whereas Bowsey had to endure a series of temporary reprieves, until both men were conditionally pardoned in April the following year.

SP 44/95, p. 1 (19 July 1780)

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