Police Gazette

Oxford Castle Gaol

Friday, 1st November 1776

Broke out of Oxford Castle Gaol, on Monday night the 14th of October, a convict under sentence of transportation, for a burglary, Elizabeth Boswell, otherwise Mason, a noted gypsey, born at Long Sutton, near Abingdon, Berks, about twenty years of age, stout made, five feet seven inches high, dark eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion, hangs her head down in her walk. Had on, when she went away, a red and white printed gown, black petticoat and stockings, black beaver hat, leather shoes, and white metal buckles.

Whoever will apprehend the said Convict, and lodge her in the said Castle Gaol, shall receive Ten Guineas reward, to be paid by

Solomon Wisom, Keeper.

N.B. The family of the Boswells are a noted danderous crew of strolling gipsies.

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