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'Sureties' on a prison record

Postby joannelovesbooks » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:09 pm

I have found a prison record referring to my ancestor which says he was sentenced to 'three months or sureties'. I know sureties is something to do with a guarantor, but what would this actually have meant for my ancestor?

Many thanks for any help.
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Re: 'Sureties' on a prison record

Postby junkers » Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:23 pm

It is likely he would have to have paid money to not go to prison.
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Re: 'Sureties' on a prison record

Postby peter kent » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:05 pm

Probably sureties of good conduct. If sureties weren't forthcoming, he would have had to serve the sentence.

You often find "want of sureties" in old prison records.
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