Captain George HARROWER, HEICS 5 6 7
- Born: 1762, Coalsnaughton, Tillicoultry Parish, Clackmannanshire, Scotland 8
- Christened: 8 December 1762, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, Scotland 8 9
- Marriage (1): Mary USHER on 5 February 1794 in Bombay, East Indies 1
- Marriage (2): Susannah Ann GIBLETT on 20 October 1812 in St. George Hanover Square Parish, Westminster, Middlesex, England 2 3 4
- Died: 9 August 1829, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland at age 67 10 11
- Buried: 14 August 1829, Leith South Parish, Midlothian, Scotland 10
Other names for George were George HARROUER,8 9 Capt. G. K. HARROWER,12 George HARROWER,3 George HARROWER H.E.I.C.S. and George HARROWER Esq.
George Harrower, H.E.I.C.S.
HEICS = Honourable East India Company's Civil Service
Covenanted Civil Service
Honourable East India Company's Civil Service (HEICS) was the name given to the top general administrative cadre of civil servants in India until 1858. From 1858, it was superseded by the Indian Civil Service. The last UK appointments to the ICS were made in 1942.
when googling the name of George Harrower (from http://www.gsbbooks.com/cgi-bin/gsb455/8294.html):
Title: The Refuter Refuted; or, A Reply to Mr. Giblett's Pamphlet, Entitled, A Refutation of the Calumnies of George Harrower. To Which is Added an Appendix, Containing Many Additional Facts; Copies of Several Original Letters, and Other Important Documents Not Inserted in the Body of the Work.
Author: Harrower, George.
Publication Information: London: Printed and Published by George Harrower, State Side, Newgate, 1816. 8vo, contemporary straight-grained blue roan, gilt ruled spine, a.e.g.
Annotation: Stated third edition, published the same year as the first. A convicted bigamist's self-published defense, printed by him in Newgate Prison--what he perhaps alludes is his prefatory Advertisement as the "peculiar circumstances," for which he hopes "he may be allowed to solicit the indulgence of the public." Harrower's troubles began after his marriage to the daughter of an aptly-named Bond Street butcher, one Paul Giblett. Shades of Jane Eyre, it was discovered that Harrower's first wife had not in fact died, but was instead insane and living in India. Despite token protests of a good-faith belief in his widowhood, the bulk of Harrower's pamphlet attacks an array of Giblett family financial misdealings. An ex-library copy, with two ink stamps on the title page, a small ink stamp on the verso of the title, and a small marginal ink stamp in the text; small shelf-mark on the spine. Some scattered foxing and stains; joints, edges and corners of the fragile roan rubbed, with a small chip from the head of the spine; a good, sound copy. NUC notes a copy of this title, in this edition only, at NN; not found on RLIN.
~~ another search revealed that this George Harrower was a Captain (there was correspondence between him and someone else during the 1816 trial--- in the Hone Collection, library somewhere in New York)
Transcription from The Times, London, England, 05 February 1816:
BOW-STREET. - BIGAMY - On Saturday Captain Harrower underwent a final examination, being charged with having intermarried with Susannah Giblet, daughter to Mr. Giblet, butcher, of Bond-street, well knowing that Mary Usher, to whom he was married at Bombay in the year 1794, was still living. The magistrates who presided were R. Birnie and E. Sketchley, Esqrs. The office was crowded. Captain Harrower having been put to the bar, the Counsel for the prosecution called the Reverend Arnold Burrows, who deposed, that in the year 1794, he was principal Resident Chaplain at the island of Bombay, in the East Indies; he believed he should know the prisoner Captain Harrower, who, he believed, was married to Miss Mary Usher in the year before mentioned. [Here witness was requested to look at Captain H. at the bar.] He did so, and declared him to be the same man. Witness did not recollect the month in which they were married, but believed it to have taken place in February; he was certain as to the year. Witness had an extract from the register, which he brought to England, but did not compare it with the register itself. Miss Mary Usher was living as a spinster at Bombay before the marriage; after the marriage the prisoner and Miss Usher lived together as man and wife, and were so considered. There was a Reverend Mr. Owen, a Chaplain of one of the Company's establishments at Calcutta, accidentally at Bombay; he was at witness's house, and witness thought he had heard Captain Harrower say the Mr. Owen solemnized the nuptials. Witness saw the person, whom he had always understood to be the prisoner's wife, in the month of December, 1813, at Mabin, near Bombay, at the house of a Mr. Cook, who furnished witness with the letters, five in number, now produced. Witness had since delivered them to Mr. Giblet, and obtained the certificate in consequence of information received of Mr. Cook. The names of "N. Wade," and "Thomas McVeigh," witness believed, were the signatures of the Chaplain and Clerk. The certificate came to witness, enclosed from Mr. McVeigh. In answer to some questions put to him by the counsel for the defendant, he said he did not see the names signed to the Register, nor did he compare the certificate with it; he saw the prisoner's wife three days before he embarked for England; she was in a deranged state of mind, and had been so for some years; was not himself at the marriage; he came home about 20 months since, and then made the circumstance known.
Paul Shewcraft, Esq. of Fitzroy-street, Fitzroy-square, was at Bombay in the year 1794. The defendant and Miss Usher lived together as man and wife. Witness was at a festival, and some said it was in commemoration (remmemoration?) of the wedding. Witness could not say that the defendant, Captain Harrower, was present; if, however, (observed the witness) he was her husband, he ought to have been there, but it is so long ago, I cannot recollect; the festival was held in a street upon the green. Witness believed that the signature "G. Harrower" to the letters produced, was in the prisoner's hand-writing.
Cross-examined. - "I do not recollect that I ever saw him write, we were not in the habit of corresponding."
Lionel Thompson said, he knew the signature to the letters produced to be the prisoner's hand-writing.
By defendant's Counsel. - "Have you never said, Sir, that you disbelieved in rewards or punishments hereafter?
Answer - "No, I never have."
The second marriage with Miss Giblet was proved on a former occasion to have taken place in December, 1812, at the parish of St. George, Hanover-square, and it was admitted.
Here the case for the prosecution closed; and the defendant being called upon for his defence, addressed the Magistrates at considerable length, in the course of which he observed, that the prosecution was instituted by Mr. Giblet from malicious motives, arising from his having repeatedly applied to him for the payment of a debt amounting to nearly 17,000£. He then paid the highest tributes of eulogium to his wife (Miss G.). In the year 1810, he was introduced to the family. In 1812, after his return from India, he was often with the family, and thought they all possessed many moral and religious attributes. He then paid his addresses to Miss G, which not only received her sanction, but that of the whole family. He then took several acres of land about fifteen miles from town, and was visited there by Mr. and the Misses Giblet, who continued there three weeks. Mr. Giblet came down and asked him for the loan of 5000£ which he at first refused, but afterwards, assented, on a promise that it should be returned in two months. He afterwards married Miss G. whom he had found to be a faithful and virtuous wife. Mr. G. then represented that his outstanding debts were great, and he requested him to make a ??sment (relilesment? retilesment?) on his daughter; he accordingly lent him some more, recommending him not to deceive his daughter. He afterwards lent him 127?? (1271£?) more, to purchase the ? (estate?) of Kilburn Farm. In the year 1813, Mr. Giblet represented that he was going to Mr. Coke's in Norfolk, to buy cattle, and asked him for 2,000£ more, saying it would all be paid by installments in seven months. In November 1814, he told him he must have some security for his money. Mr. G. would not give it, but said it should be paid by installments. After that, he came to his country house, and took away ?? (20? 21?) sheep without paying for them. The Captain detailed a series of injuries which he said he had received at the hands of Mr. Giblet, and declared it was a planned thing to deprive him of the sums of money he had advanced - nothing better than a conspiracy. Question to Miss Giblet.
Q. "Is it with your approbation that this prosecution is prosecuted?"
A. "No, Sir, I am against it."
It was ?? (then?) said, that her father had taken upon himself to prosecute, and would be in Court to answer any questions put to him on the trial. Captain Harrower was ?? (duly?) committed to Newgate by ??, on hearing which, Miss Giblett fainted, and, on recovering, begged she might be permitted to accompany him, she cried ?? (vein-nightly?), and it was with difficulty she could be removed from the office after the Captain was locked up. The prisoner is about 50.
Transcription from The Times, London, England, 07 December 1816:
CAPT. HARROWER AND MR. GIBLET.
(From an Evening Paper.)
It is a singular coincidence that Mr. Giblet, the butcher, of Bond-street, who prosecuted Capt. Harrower for bigamy, should at present be the tenant of the apartment in which the captain was for that offence imprisoned in Newgate. The captain had not long quitted his lonely abode before Mr. Giblet came into it, and his case stands on the Calendar of the present Sessions under the following charge: -
"Paul Giblet committed to Newgate on the 19th of November by a warrant, under the hands and seals of A. E. Impey, M. F. Ainsley, and R. Grant, Esqrs., commissioners of bankrupts, until he shall submit himself, and answers make to their satisfaction to certain questions put by them to him."
On Thursday he was brought from the room by Habeas Corpus by Mr. Hardy, Mr. Newman's principal assistant, before Mr. Justice Bayley, in order to be surrendered pro forma in discharge of his bail, at the suit of George Mathewson, Esq. for 150 (£?) on which action he was committed to the custody of the Marshal of the King's Bench prison; but in consequence of the Commissioners of Bankrupts having discovered that difficulties be arisen in his accounts, he was recommitted to Newgate upon the Commissioners' warrant, and was yesterday again conducted (after having surrendered before the Judge) to his old apartment, there ? (to?) remain until he shall be discharged by due course of law.
Captain Harrower and Giblet's daughter are living happily in retirement in Scotland.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
GEORGE HARROWER, sexual offences: bigamy, 14 Feb 1816.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18160214-54
* Crime(s): sexual offences : bigamy,
* Punishment Type: imprisonment, fine,
(Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
* Verdict: Guilty: with recommendation,
230. GEORGE HARROWER was indicted for that he, on the 5th of February, 1794, at Bombay, in the East Indies, was married to Mary Usher, spinster, and her the said Mary had for his wife,(to wit,) at the parish of St. George's Hanover-square, in the County of Middlesex, and that he afterwards, and during the life time of the said Mary, his wife, (to wit,) on the 20th of October, in the 52nd year of his Majesty's reign, at the parish of St. George's Hanover-square, feloniously did marry Susannah Ann Giblet, spinster, and her the said Susannah Ann Giblet, did take as his wife, against the statute.
THOMAS LE GUARDE GRISSEAU. I am in the Secretary's office, at the East India House. I produce a book from that office which relates to the registers of marriages at Bombay, and which has been transmitted from that place to the India House, in the Company's vessels. I open this book at the year 1794.
THE REV. ARNOLD BURROWES. I am a clergyman; I have been for upwards of forty years Chaplain of the Presidency of Bombay. In the year 1794, I was acquainted with Miss Mary Usher; I christened her, and married her mother and father. I knew Captain Harrower in the same year; I cannot say I ever saw him at the house where she resided. I was applied to to marry Captain Harrower and Miss Usher; I believe that application was made to me through my clerk. I did not in point of fact marry them. At that time I had the Rev. Mr. Owen, the Company's Chaplain at Calcutta, on a visit, at Bombay.
Q. In point of fact, did Mr. Owen leave your house for the purpose of marrying the Captain to Miss Usher - A. I think he did; I cannot positively say. After that time, I continued to know the lady, who had been Miss Usher, and she afterwards went by the name of Mrs. Harrower. The Captain and she lived together as man and wife; I recollect once receiving an invitation to dine with the Captain, and she presided. That was not an entertainment given on the occasion of the marriage; I was invited by him, and came to the entertainment, at which she presided as Mrs. Harrower; I never knew that there was any separation between them until he left India. I believe I only saw them this time I dined with them. In the course of the fulfilment of my duty, I used to transmit copies of the registers of marriages solemnized at Bengal to the Company. I take this book into my hand, which was produced by the last witness, and here I find a copy of a register certified my myself; the entry is not in my hand writing; this purports to be a copy of the original register, and at the end of the book, I find my signature, certifying that all the copies of registers, here inserted from the 14th of February, 1778, to the 8th of December, 1799, inclusive, are true copies, and I always compared them with the originals before I signed my name.
(An entry in the book was now ordered to be read.)
"Registers of the weddings at Bombay, beginning 1773, February, 14th."
(Here follows a number of entries until.)
"1794, February 5th, George Harrower, free Mariner, to Miss Mary Usher, spinster."
(Here follow on the entries to the end of the year 1799, and then come these words.)
"A true copy from the parish register of Bombay, between the 14th of February, 1773, and 1799, inclusive."
Signed "A. BURROWES, CHAPLAIN."
A degree of confusion here arose, upon the testimony of Mr. Burrowes, upon the question, whether the book produced, contained the original transmissions of copies of marriage registers at Bombay, sent to the Company in their ships, at different periods, and all doubt was cleared up by the witness's father's testimony, as follows. -
I believe I can now account for this now. The Court of Directors sent out word to the Govenour that the copies of the registers of marriage were not regularly sent home, and it occured to me, that the best way of convincing them would be to send home a fresh copy of all the registers, together with these interpolating remarks, of the original transmissions, "so far transmitted by such a ship, so far by such a ship, and so far by such a ship."
Cross-examined by MR. SERJEANT BEST. Do you mean now positively to swear that you examined the original registers, word for word, with these entries from the year 1773, to the year 1799 - A. I can't recollect at this distance of time; I can't venture to swear I examined them word for word, although I believe this to be a good copy.
Re-examined by MR. GURNEY. I saw the lady who was formerly Miss Usher at the latter end of December, 1813, I saw her at Mr. Cook's house; she was then living.
Q. Did you receive these three letters from Mr. Cook - A. I received a bundle of letters from Mr. Cook, but I cannot tell whether these are the actual letters I received. What I received from Mr. Cook, I received when I was coming to England. I made a communication to Mr. Giblet that the prisoner's wife was living in India; I made this communication in June, or July, 1814. I arrived in London on the 3rd of June, and shortly after my arrival, gave the information to Mr. Giblet; I attended at Bow-street to give evidence against this gentleman; between one examination and another, I understood that he was on his bail. He called upon me; but I think it was prior to my being at Bow-street; I believe it was at a time, at which I was given to understand, that I would be examined; he begged that I would not give evidence against; him he staid with me perhaps ten minutes; he did not request me more than once, not to give evidence against him. I told him I had seen his wife before I left India; I told him I had seen his wife at Mayhem, at Mr. Cook's; I declare I can't recollect what he said.
Cross-examined by MR. SERJEANT BEST. I communicated all this information to Mr. Giblet, as the prosecutor; he is the prosecutor, and the father of the second Mrs. Harrower; it is only within the last month that I was called upon to give evidence; during the whole of 1815, Giblet never called upon me to attend; Giblet has became insolvent, as I have heard. I saw the first Mrs. Harrower in 1813, at Mayhem; she was not raving; she was at liberty in the house.
Q. Was not she a lunatic - A. Yes, she was a lunatic; but she was perfectly quiet; I might have been half an hour in her company, and that was the first time I had seen her for several years; she was very much altered.
Re-examined by MR. GURNEY. I have no doubt of her being the person, I had christened her, and knew her from her child-hood.
THE REV. JOHN OWEN. Examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. I am a clergyman of the Church of England.
Q. In the beginning of 1794, were you at Bombay on a visit - A. I think I was.
Q. Are you acquainted with Captain Harrower - A. I am not.
Q. Look at him - A. I have looked at him; I have been here some hours.
Q. Do you mean to say you do not know him - A. Yes.
Q. Did you know any young lady of the name of Usher, at Bombay - A. I do not.
Q. Did you not perform the marriage ceremony between Captain Harrower and Miss Usher - A. I do not recollect it; but it is such a distance of time, that I will not take upon myself to say. I can't swear to a negative; I will not venture to swear that I did, and I am far from swearing that I did not.
Q. Try to recollect - A. It is no use to try, I have tried already.
MR. PAUL SHOWCRAFT. Examined by MR. GURNEY. I was a residant in India, in the year 1794; in the course of the time I was there, I knew Captain Harrower; I knew him in Bombay; he returned there after his voyage to China, and other places; I knew him from the month of February, 1794; I was in the sea-line myself, and settled in Bombay, but I don't know when; I declare if I knew, I would tell you; I know I was many years in Bombay without going to sea, perhaps I may have been sixteen or seventeen years; in the course of those years, I very often saw Captain Harrower; I knew of his being away. I was intimate with him, after the period of his supposed marriage, and dined with him frequently after. I did not know Mrs. Harrower. I was walking one evening on the Esplanade, and some gentlemen took me there; I told them that I was not invited, and I did not know Captain Harrower; but they said you must come, we'll have some fun. The Captain had an entertainment in a shed on the Esplanade. I did not see Mrs. Harrower there; if I did see her, I did not know her. There were above sixty persons at that entertainment; but I cannot positively swear that the Captain was there. I don't know that I had ever any conversation with him respecting the subject of his marriage; he was living then with Mrs. Harrower, as man and wife; I dined with them frequently, and he might dine with me.
Cross-examined by MR. SERJEANT BEST. I was not acquainted with them until after their marriage; I have been from Bombay six years on the 2nd of this month, after I had been thirty-three years there. Lately I did not associate with Captain Harrower, and it may be twelve years since I have seen him.
MR. LIONEL THOMPSON. Examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. I know Captain Harrower, and have seen him write. (The three letters which had been shewn to the witness the Rev. Mr. Barrows, were here put into the hands of the witness.) Those are his hand-writing. In the year 1814 I was acquainted with Captain Harrower. in November or October, in the year 1814, I had some conversation with him about his marriage I went to Calais with Captain Harrower. He called upon me two days before he went to Calais. He said there was a conspiracy against him to charge him with bigamy. He said he had not another wife living. I told him I had heard to the contrary. He said he wished he might never enter the kingdom of heaven if he had; and he called God to witness that he had not, and he asked me to assist him to get out of the country. I said, 'if you are an innocent men I will assist you;' and I then went with him to Calais. Prior to my leaving Calais, I went to him one day on the pier, and said to him, 'Harrower, I am going to ask you a question, which I hope you will answer me truly: if you do not, I will never know you again.' I said, 'is there a Mrs. Harrower at Bombay?' He said, 'there is;' and I entreated him never to come to England again. I received two letters from him while he was at Calais; I have one in my pocket, dated 12th of January, 1815; that was the first letter; I cannot say whether it was six or seven months before he was apprehended. When he came from France, I believe he came to his solicitors in the Borough, and I believe he went thence to Scotland. When he was residing publickly in England, he was residing at Caldicatt-hill, near Bushy. I told him he was not safe, because I knew he had another wife living.
Cross-examined by MR. SERJEANT BEST.
Q. You know no reason for his going to Scotland - A. Yes.
Q. Had he not an estate and place of residence in Scotland - A. I think not.
Q. Are you not a creditor under Mr. Giblet's commission - A. No.
Q. Have you not quarrelled with Captain Harrower - A. No; Captain Harrower for some reason withdrew himself from me.
Q. Have you not been at variance with him - A. I have never quarrelled with him. I have never been in his friendship since his second arrival in England.
Q. When did you communicate publickly, what he entrusted to your bosom, as his confidential friend - A. Almost as soon as I arrived in England.
Q. To whom did you communicate - A. To various persons about town.
Q. Why did you not communicate to Mr. Giblet - A. I did not know Giblet at that time.
Q. Your answer is, that you did not know Giblet? Do you mean to swear that you did not know him - A. I knew Mr. Giblet as a man residing in Bond-street.
Q. Have you not dined at his house before you went to Calais - A. Years ago.
DAVID WALLIS. I am clerk to Mr. Henson, attorney for the prosecution. (a paper put into the hand of the witness) This is a true copy of the register of Captain Harrower with Susannah Ann Giblet. I copied it myself (the paper was here put in and read.)
"St George, Hanover-square.
Marriages, 20th October, 1812."
782. "George Harrower, batchelor, of Rickmansworth, to Susannah Giblet, of this Parish, spinster, were married on this 20th day of October, by me,"J. CREVIL."
This marriage was solemnized in the presence of PAUL GIBLET.
(Here follow the names of several others of the family.)
ELIZABETH GIBLET (in tears,) examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. My sister's name is Susannah. I was present at her marriage.
Q. Look at the prisoner at the bar. (Under the greatest emotion, she was prevailed on to turn her head) - A. Yes.
Cross-examined by MR. SERJEANT BEST. Your sister is living with him upon terms of the greatest affection - A. Yes.
Q. She is not living with her father-No.
The letters proved to be the hand writing of Captain Harrower, which were produced by the Reverend Mr. Burrowes, were now put in and read.
The first letter was dated November 21st 1811, and was addressed to "Mr. Thomas Cook, Mayhem."
"MY DEAR SIR, I shall be with you to morrow. You will make every provision with respect to Mrs. Harrower. All the things wanted will be sent for her. She is not arrived from Goa. I am going there immediately to bring her, if she is not come; I will send you the timber wanted to morrow. My compliments to your family."
(Signed) "GEORGE HARROWER."
Another letter directed to Mr. Cook, at Mayhem,
"DEAR SIR, I send you a piece of timber for two or three beams. Get the room ready for Mrs. Harrower. The agreement will be kept by Hormigee, and you will have a copy, and I shall have a copy to refer to at all times. I sail to morrow.
(Signed) "GEORGE HARROWER."
Another letter, no address, dated November 29, 1811.
"MY DEAR SIR, I now write to you from Goa, where I arrived this day. Hormigee will give you a copy of the agreement to keep. Mrs. Harrower will be easily managed, if she is spoke to resolutely. She is turned, and of course any person speaking to her in a determined way, will make her obedient. When she used to be in those heats, I found by telling her to obey, and threatening to put her into the room, that she did obey. It will be necessary sometimes to put her into the room when she is obstinate. As to her habits of cleanliness, she does not like to bathe; but you must make her. She was one of the most cleanly women living; but her habit is quite altered now, as is herself, I hope you will pay particular attention to her. Her wants are but few. You will call on Hormigee and Mr. Stewart and you will write to me twice a year. Your monthly allowance will be paid by Hormigee. She has a good stock of clothes; and when they are out, you will get her some more fit for her condition. I will send some out every year. My house at the Hill contains every thing for her room. I sent you the beam. That will be a good place when finished. Write to me twice a year. I shall be out with you in one or two years more, when I get all settled in England.
Signed "GEORGE HARROWER."
HENRY ADKINSSWORN. (Examined by MR. GUR-NEY.) I am an officer of Bow-street. The first application that was made to me to look after Captain Harrower, was by Mr. Giblet, in 1814. I have no recollection at what time in the year. I looked after him much, but could not find time. I apprehended him as soon as I could find him, which was in Houndsditch, in Middlesex.
MR. BARON RICHARDS. Prisoner at the bar: the case is now closed on the part of the prosecution; and if you I have any thing to urge in your defence, the time for so doing is now arrived.
Capt. Harrower then addressed to the Jury the following.
GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY.
On the part of the prosecution they have been afraid to call Mr. Giblet, for fear he should be cross-examined. I am the victim of a foul conspiracy, and not of a desire to satisfy the laws of my country. The moment I was married, Mr. Giblet's attornies made out instruments, which he told me were proper for his daughter's stand my benefit. I understand these instruments are illegal. Upon these instruments he got 10,000l. from me. I have been in the habit of associating with gentlemen, and was totally ignorant of this man's character. I could not have supposed that such a man could exist. I could not conceive the existence of a man who could --his own child. After Mr. Giblet got this ten thousand pounds, I said, 'if we should have children, I would make over the furniture, plate, and other things, to Mrs. Harrower;' and I asked him to take my plate, in order that my wife might be taken good care of; that if we had children my wife might not lie at the mercy of a child.' He said, 'No, you have been too liberal already; but if you wish it, you must put it in writing.' - I did so; I put what I meant into writing. The instrument was drawn out, and I understand it is different from all other instruments-for it is drawn so, that if I had not married Mrs. Harrower the property would have been hers not withstanding, and also at her disposal after my death. This man sitting here (pointing to Mr. Giblet, who was sitting in the centre of the Court)-out of the money which was hers. I could not think that a father existed who could - his own child. I thought I could not do too much for a family to which I was so nearly allied. In a few months after, he borrowed 1,270l. more; and about the 15th of March, 1813, he came and begged that I would serve him by lending him 2000l. He told me he was going to Mr. Coke's in Norfolk. to buy a large quantity of cattle, and that he should be ever grateful while he lived. He said, 'I only want it for a fortnight, and then I will pay it back.' And his wife said, 'Don't be afraid, Capt. Harrower, we always pay ready money, and a butcher never fails.' I gave an order for the money on my agents, Messrs. Percher and Co. in Devonshire-square, Bishopsgate-street. This man is now about to s-me. He brings this charge against me, in order that I may not be able to look after my property and my wife. On account of the best and most amiable of women, who deserves the best of husbands, I from time to time put off asking for the money; but at last I applied to him. - 'You want no money.' was his answer; 'you only do it to distress me.'-'Distress you,' said I; 'God forbid I should distress the father of my Susan.' I then said to him, 'I must have money or security.'-'You don't want security; it is as safe as the Bank.' In this way I was put off. I wrote a letter to Mr. Giblet, saying, you have had thirteen thousand pounds, and your son had four thousand pounds, and you cannot pay me back a penny. Be candid; tell me your circumstances; while I have a shilling you may depend the father and mother of my Susan shall never want half of it. He gave me bills payable at my agent's a thousand pounds a month till paid. I went to Scotland in 1814 with my wife. The whole time expired, and no payment was made. He told my agents, if we took any legal proceedings against him, he would throw the whole into Chancery, and we might starve. There is a gentleman here; that gentleman, Mr. Carr (pointing to him) who is in my agent's house, and who can prove what I say. Not a farthing was paid, but I was threatened with its being thrown into Chancery. This was the gratitude I received. After this, I said, 'I must and will have my money, or security.' He then tells me, that
'I have another woman in India, another wife.' And he threatened, that if I took any legal steps he would cast me into gaol on suspicion for two years; and I might there lie until I rotted. I replied,' I close up that business; I only want my money or security.' He says to my wife,'Be a good girl, and do what I tell you. We will get the 10,000 secured to the family, and heavy damages beside to the amount of the rest of the property. You shall burn or destroy the marriage settlements. You shall have the first floor to live in, and then in a short time you can marry whom you please. This is my case. There is not a man who can ever put a blemish on my character. I left my father's house at ten years old, without a sixpence; I never borrowed a shilling, nor ever was in debt. This is my prosecutor, (Pointing to Mr. Giblet) I will only appeal to the feelings of all men; could they believe a father existed in England who would-his own child. On the occasion I last alluded to my wife brought the carriage to me, and told me this conspiracy was found against me. She asked her father, can you give me any proof there is another wife existing? can you take me to any person who will tell me there is another wife? it does not signify, he said, do as I tell you, and we will get all the property. She replied, if it had not been for the money, I should never have heard a word of this. Money, father, is a blessing to some; but a curse to you. She said to me, for God's sake Harrower, let us go; for you may depend upon it, he will ruin us both if he can; he is in such a rage because I don't do as he bids me; you must go with me. I went into the carriage with her. This gentleman, (pointing to the witness Lionel Thompson,) came to me, and brought a pair of pistols, and said I might depend he would protect my wife. I went with her; but it was not to fly the laws of my country; it was to protect my wife against her family, who had so barbarously used her. I then gave orders to my attornies to get the money from this man Giblet, in some manner or another; at last he gave a warrant of attorney to pay one hundred and twenty-five pounds per six weeks; he paid one installment; he paid part of another; there he stopped, and I could not get a farthing more. The next steps I took was when I found there were several executions against him, I put an execution into his house; the moment he found that, his son and he joined to put my execution aside; they became bankrupts, and out of 7000l. that I proved under the commission, I shall not get a sixpence for the whole; they owe 60, or 70,000l. there is only-l. on their books to pay that sum; there wont be- in the pound. I have no wife but my Susan; she, and she only, is my wife; I have no other wife, Let the world take her from me, still she is my wife. The lady in question was living with me; I don't know that she exists; I don't know that she lives. My wife has opened every letter that came to me from India, and has seen the contents of it before myself. In this conspiracy, Mr. Thompson comes as a witness against me; he joins with Mr. Giblet, and they say lie cannot prosecute us; he will have no power to do any thing if we can only secure him in Newgate. The whole is a fowl conspiracy.
MR. BARON RICHARDS. Previously to summing up the evidence to the Jury for their consideration, informed them that he as well as they, were bound by their oaths to do their duty, and however painful it might be it was incumbent on them to execute it consciously. His Lordship then observed, least they might be misled by an erroneous supposition, that the whole question for their decision was, whether or not the prisoner married Susannah Ann Giblet during the existence of a former wife. He requested them to direct their attention to this question solely, agreeably to the evidence which his Lordship then summed up in detail.
The Jury then retired for half an hour, and on their return, pronounced a verdict of
GUILTY, aged 45.
But in the strongest term recommended Captain Harrower to mercy: to which the Learned Judge assured them he would attend.
Confined six months, and fined 1s.
Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Richards
Register of Baptisms, Tillicoultry Parish Church. 1762.
son to Robert Harrouer Betty Millar his wife residenters in Coalsnaughton was Baptised before the Congregation
Claremont Cottage, near Edinburgh
Churchyard of Restalrig Parish (now called St Margaret's), Leith
Recorded Events in His Life
- He has conflicting birth information of Abt 1767 and Coalsnaughton, Tillicoultry Parish, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. 13
- He has conflicting birth information of Abt 1771 and Coalsnaughton, Tillicoultry Parish, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. 1
- Before his marriage in 1812, George resided at Micklefield Hall in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England. 3
- He had a residence in February 1816 in London, Middlesex, England.
- He resided at Claremont Cottage in Leith, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland before 9 August 1829.
- He had an estate probated on 16 October 1856 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Trustees to the will of George Harrower:
Charles Kerr Esq partner of Messr. Fletcher, Alexander & Co. of London
Walter Riddell Esq also with Messr. Fletcher, Alexander & Co. of London
George Hewat Esq Merchant in Edinburgh (dec'd in 1856)
William Hunt Writer to the Signet (also dec'd in 1856)
in 1856, Charles Kerr Esq. residing at Hundalee Cottage Jedburgh