The Stain of the Signature



On Wednesday 17 January 1776 Robert and Daniel Perreau were removed from Newgate Prison and taken by carriage to Tyburn Cross — the site of modern day Marble Arch — where the gallows awaited their execution. They had been convicted of forgery, and London had been obsessed by their stories for nearly a year. Thirty thousand spectators turned up to see them swing. Their case was tied up with another, that of Mrs Margaret Caroline Rudd who, the brothers claimed, had duped them and was the real perpetrator of the crime. Mrs Rudd walked free.


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