Carey, Rose

Morning Post, 30th August 1815 and Times, 11th March 1816

The Morning Post  30th of August 1815

Murder. On Friday night last, an Irish labourer and his wife, who had been some time at harvest work for Mr Bell, Borehamwood, near Barnet were going to their lodgings, a dispute arose between them relative to the disposal of 50 shillings, which he had just received, and which terminated in the murder of a woman, in most dreadful manner.

The husband went to the hedge, and took out a stake, and struck upon her head for nearly 5 minutes, until he supposed he had killed her, when he went away to his home. A man at some distance, by trade a bricklayer, who had seen the dreadful event, but feared to go near while the Labour was there, immediately went to the poor woman, and finding her not quite dead, conveyed her to the Bell public house, Barnet-Gate, where she lingered about two hours, and then expired.

The murderer was immediately taken into custody, and when informed of his wife’s death, he only asked to see his dear Rosie once more, that he cared not being hung, as that was only half an hour’s botheration. He was committed on Saturday last to Hertford Gaol for trial. Yesterday a Coroner’s inquest sat upon view of the body, and a verdict or wilful murder was brought against the prisoner.


Times 11th of March 1816

On Friday March 8th, at Hertford Assizes, Edward Carey was indicted for the wilful murder of his wife at Chipping Barnet on 25 August last.

The surgeon stated that the blow given was not of any great force but falling obliquely it had unfortunately divided the temporal artery, that the woman bled to death for want of proper assistance; that by simple pressure alone the bleeding might have been stopped, but they had suffered the blood to run until it had matted the hair, and the blood was left flowing underneath until she died. The jury found the prisoner guilty of manslaughter, and he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment.

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