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Penny Magazine :-17 August 1889 - Page 10

It is scarcely neccessary for me to tell how to dispose of your day or morning in Brighton.

The paper on that town shows how many are the attractions,not only in the fashionable season but at all times. You can wander along the parade,spend delightful hours doing nothing on the beach,lounge in the Aquarium,or,if you feel energetically inclined,jump on your machine and ride the five miles to Devil's Dyke, where there is the old Roman intrenchment,and where nowadays Gypsies love to camp.There you are almost always sure of finding Mattie Cooper,the old Gypsy,who has probably had more written about him than any other man or woman of his race.


Notes and Queries Vol. 9 2nd S. (228) May 12 1860 Page 359

 Being in Belbroughton Churchyard Worcestershire is a fine Tombstone to the memory of Paradise Buckler (who died in 1815),the daughter of a "Gypsy King", the pomp that attended her funeral is well remembered by many of the inhabitants. One of my relatives said how the Gipsies borrowed from her a dozen of the finest damask napkins (for the coffin handles)_ none but those of the very best quality being accepted for the purpose-- and that they were duly returned,beautifully "got up" and scented. the king and his family were encamped in a lane near to my relative's house, and his daughter a young girl of fifteen died in the camp.     Cuthbert Bede.


WELLS, MD. July 5, 1902; Mary Wells, Daughter of "Father" Robert Wells, Passed Away.  "Mary Wells, a gypsy princess, daughter of "Father" Robert Wells, the gypsy patriach who died near Warwick, this county, has departed this life. Her remains will be taken to Wilmington, Del., and Brandywine Cemetery for interment alongside of those of her father.  The funeral sermon was preached by a Presbyterian minister. Tribal rites were held over the remains on Sunday and Monday


From The Times, 5 January 1843:


"Death of an Old Gypsy. – Last week John Lovell, aged 80 years, expired at his residence in Fryingpan-Alley, Clerkenwell. The deceased was well known in the metropolis for the last 50 years as a Gypsy and travelling tinker; and in more recent years, being afflicted with apoplexy, he lost the use of his left side, and paraded the streets in the vicinity of Lincoln’s-inn, calling out, “Poor old man! – pots and kettles to mend.” His appearance was most deplorable, and he received sums of money from charitable persons daily, supposing him to be in great distress. After his decease a sum of money amounting to 700. was found in various parts of his room, which he had hoarded up, amongst which were several pounds’ worth of farthings.


"On Sunday last he was respectably buried in Clerkenwell burying ground by some relatives. The deceased had a large family of children; one of his sons was executed at the age of 17 years, at the Old Bailey, with John Henley, the captain of the celebrated West-end fair gangmen, Hampstead, for desperate highway robberies at that fair; two others of his sons were transported, for robberies, for their natural lives. The deceased, some years ago, resided at Paddington, and was the associate of the Lees and Coopers, gangs notorious for horse-stealing. Lee, who was at that period termed the King of the Gypsies, being convicted of horse-stealing, suffered execution. The deceased, when a young man, was a noted prize-fighter."



Major Lee

Norfolk Chronicle and Norwich Gazette, August 8th 1835. (extract)

Zachariah Lee, 25, Charles Boss 25, Robert Boss 17 and Major Lee 19 were all indicted of stealing two horses, the property of Thomas Warman of Carbrooke, and a further indictment of stealing two other horses. Found guilty, the prisoners were sentenced to be transported for life.

Zachariah Lee was pardoned/granted Ticket of Leave 1842-5.

He died in 1846 in New South Wales.


Ambrose Smith

Presumed to be the grandad of Ambrose Smith "Jasper Petulengro", Ambrose Smith b. 1760 sentenced Gloucester 26.03.1788, for the term of 7 yrs, transported on 2nd fleet, travelled Dec 1789, arrived 1790 to NSW on Neptune. Rep. Died 1790. A travelling Tinker