Thomas Colley

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For Thomas Colley (MP), see Northampton (UK Parliament constituency).

Thomas Colley (died 24 August 1751) was an English chimney sweep, executed for the murder of accused witch Ruth Osborne at Tring, Hertfordshire.[1]

Colley was one of the leaders of a mob which gathered at Tring in April 1751 and seized an elderly couple, John and Ruth Osborne, from the local workhouse, accusing them of witchcraft. The mob subjected the pair to a dunking at a nearby pond in Wilstone. Ruth was beaten and dragged through the water repeatedly, until Colley drowned her by turning her face-down with a stick. John survived and testified at Colley's trial.

Colley was convicted of murder and hanged in chains at Gubblecote Cross.

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  1. ^ HERTFORDSHIRE’S LAST WITCH HUNT, retrieved 18 May 2011 

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