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Brian Anderson has brought the following to my attention, William Steer junior, butcher of Canterbury was convicted of receiving stolen goods (a sheep) and was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1865. Whether he was found not guilty, sentence reduced on appeal, or he got out early I am unsure (was there an appeal court in those days?).
Whatever, he married his cousin, Sophia Steer in 1870 in Thanet, Kent. Here they are in 1871 census.
William Steer, Head, Mar, M, 38, Butcher, Canterbury, Kent
Sophia Steer, Wife, Mar, F, 25, Butcher's Wife, St Pancras, Mid
Address 246, Caledonian Rd, Islington
Class: RG10; Piece: 265; Folio: 10; Page: 14
For those with newspaper subscriptions, details can be found in Kentish Gazette and Kentish Chronicle, January to March 1865. Robert protested that he was innocent, and was 'astounded at his sentence'.
Prior to this sentence he appeared frequently before the magistrates for various offences as defendant, also as complainant.
In one he was described as 'William
Steer, butcher, amateur brickmaker, horse dealer and ever so many other
trades' and goes on to describe how he was outwitted of a sovereign by a
conjuror - quite amusing!! Another as 'William Steer, butcher,
notorious for being so frequently in " hot water" with some one, and so
often before the Court'. In other cases he is accused of selling rancid meat to the military and he was dunked in a horse trough.