Moll Harvey

Saturday, 8 November 1729   On Saturday last Mary Harvey was bailed out of Newgate, upon the felony commited at the Crown Tavern in Sherard-street by Golden Square; and Monday she was again taken into custody, being charged with committing another felony, and was examined before Justice Bourke; whereupon she was committed to Newgate. Ö
          On Monday Isabella Eaton, alias Gwin, keeper of the said Crown Tavern, was brought from New-Prison to be further examined before the said Justice Bourke; whereupon she was committed to Newgate, being charged with stealing a gold watch, and 28 guineas, from a gentleman in the Temple. (London Journal)

29 June 1730   On Saturday last the Bench of Justices of the Sessions of Peace for the City and Liberty of Westminster, granted two Warrants against several vile persons who frequent the house of the noted Mary Harvy, at the Black-Boy in Hedge-Lane; but when the Constables went to serve the said Warrants, they were beat and wounded by the said Mary Harvy, her husband, &c. whereupon complaint was made to the Bench of Justices, who granted fresh Warrants, and ordered the High Constable, with several Petty Constables, to execute the same; and accordingly some of the gang were taken, and committed to the Gatehouse; but Mary Harvy found means to escape. [Daily Journal]

22 August 1730   On Monday was held at the Court of Kingís-Bench in Westminster-Hall, before the Justice of the Peace for the City and Liberty of Westminster, an Adjournment of the last General Quarter-Sessions of the Peace for the said City and Liberty, when Mary Maccaig, alias Harvey, was committed to the Gatehouse for a contempt of the Court, in abusing Justice Robinson, then upon the Bench, and also for raising a disturbance in the Court; and assaulting and striking several Constables then on duty. . . .
     On Thursday the Committee of Justices appointed at the last Westminster Quarter Sessions, met at the Vestry Room of St. Paulís Covent Garden, when Mary Harvey, Keeper of the Black Boy Ale-house in Hedge-lane, who was committed to the Gatehouse on Monday last for Contempt of the Court at Westminster, presented a petition to the said Justices, by the hand of her sister Isabella Eaton, Keeper of the Crown Tavern in Sherrard-street, acknowledging her insolent behaviour to the Court, and praying that she might be admitted to bail; but the Justices, instead of granting the request, sent a Warrant of Detainer to the Keeper of the said Gaol, she being charged on the oath of Mr. Matthew Kingge, a High German, with receiving his diamond ear rings, valued at 25l. knowing them to be stolen, and for insisting on 15 guinieas for restoring the same; which is death by a statute of the 5th of Queen Anne, upon which the late Jonathan Wilde [sic] was convicted. (London Journal)

10 December 1730   Yesterday morn. [4 Dec.] Moll. Harvey, who has been so long under confinement for affronting Sir John Gonson, &c. was tryíd before the L.C.J. Ramond, for keeping a disorderly house in Shug-lane, and was found guilty by teh jury; and is to be brought up to the K. Bench bar next term, to receive sentence. [Grub-street Journal]

31 December 1730   A few days since a young Gent. educated in Westm. school, made a private visit in the night-time at the Gate-house, to the noted Isabella Eaton, when he was set upon by a great dog belonging to the gaol, and tore in such a manner, that he lies now in great misery under the care of an eminent surgeon. — I believe here is some mistake, and that it was a great bitch, not a dog, which brought this young Gent. under the care of an eminent surgeon. [Grub-street Journal]

27 May 1731   On Monday night Moll Harvey, alias Mackeig, who lately kept the Blackamoorís-head and Sadlers-arms in Hedge-lane, was retaken at Wapping. She had been sentenced, last Hilary Term, to stand in the pillory, &c. but was rescued by 30 or 40 of her gang, armed with clubs. She went to Rotterdam, intending to have taken a tavern; but the Government there, being informed of her exploits in England, ordered her and her sister to be put in the Black List; the consequence of which they fearing would be a commitment to the Rasp or Spin-house, came back to England, and for some weeks have lurked about Wapping. She was, as usual, very outrageous upon being taken, and not only beat the Constables, but the Justice; so that they were forced to tie her hands together, and with much difficulty got her to prison. . . .

On wednesday night Will. Mackeig, pretended husband of the notorious Moll Harvey, was taken at Wapping, and committed to New Prison by Just. Dennet, on suspicion of robbing on the highway; and was yesterday morning charged in custody for other offences, by a warrant of detainer, under the hand of Sir John Gonson.

Yesterday morning Isabella Eaton, alias Gwin, sister to Moll Harvey, was committed to New Prison by Just. Dennet, for several offences. — Moll Harvey, Mackeig, and Eaton, all stand indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury. ...

On monday the noted Moll Harvey made her escape from New-Prison in manís cloaths, and yesterday the Officers of the said gaol took the fellow who brought her the cloaths, who on examination discovered where she was; and according to his directions she was retaken at a publick house in S. Georgeís Fields, since which they have clapt a clog to one of her legs, by way of precaution. [Grub-street Journal]

[Mary Philips, alias Harvey, and Isabella Eaton, alias Gwynn, were found guilty of perjury in late June 1731. They escaped from New Gaol in Surrey but were retaken on 1 July and sent to St Gilesís gaol.]

7 September 1732   Tuesday, Sept. 5. Yesterday the noted Moll Harvey was committed to the Gatehouse, for keeping a disorderly house in the Haymarket. P. DJ. — And also for insulting Justice Lambert, in the execution of his office. DP. (Grub-street Journal)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Moll Harvey", 20 April 2002; updated 28 January 2006 <>

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