Javelin Men?

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  1. Schnurrbart

    Schnurrbart Well-Known Member

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    Mid to early 19th Century Somerset, a man on his way to the gallows was met and escorted by the Javelin Men. Possibly something to do with the Sheriff. Any ideas?
     
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    There is further information about the Javelin Men in this 1850 copy of the Hansard:
    https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1859/jul/27/committee-2

    It mentions that The Bill proposed to abolish the javelin-men, or retainers of the Sheriff, who usually consisted of his cottagers or small tenants, by whom a suit of clothing or a small amount of money was regarded as an adequate remuneration for their attendance when required.

    Also: In Staffordshire, the javelin-men were employed fifty two days in the year at the assizes and sessions

    :)
     
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    Thanks Jan
     
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