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Through the mechanism of benefit of clergy, many defendants found guilty of certain felonies were spared the death penalty and given a lesser punishment.
Dating back to the middle ages, benefit of clergy was originally a right accorded to the church, allowing it to punish its own members should they be convicted of a crime.
Normally, offences defined by statute could only be punished as prescribed by the relevant legislation.
The punishments available in any particular case were thus circumscribed by the legal status of the offence with which the defendant was charged (which in some cases was influenced in turn by the choices made by the victim or the grand jury).
This is particularly common for those sentenced to the pillory, imprisonment, whipping, fines and providing sureties for good behaviour.
Because the actual punishment a convict received often differed from that specified at their trial, it is worth searching later sessions by the name of the defendant using the Personal Details search page to see if the sentence was mitigated.
Between 17 some defendants allowed benefit of clergy were sentenced to up to two years hard labour in a house of correction.
The 1718 Transportation Act allowed the courts to sentence those allowed benefit of clergy to be punished with more onerous sentence of transportation.
These new punishments reflect two trends in the evolution of strategies for punishment.
First, there was a shift from physical punishments such as whipping, branding, and hanging to attempts to reform the defendant through transportation and imprisonment.
And second, punishments became less public, as the spectacle of public hangings at Tyburn, the pillory, and public whipping through the streets was replaced by hanging outside and then inside Newgate, private whipping, transportation to foreign lands, and imprisonment.
It is also possible to search separately for information about pardons or executions.
Although this information was not consistently reported in the Proceedings, there are regular reports of pardons from 1739 until 1796 and of executions from 1743 until 1792.
Additional evidence about whether (and how) punishments were carried out can be found within the Associated Records.