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What do the letters K C above a name on an indictment mean? (The Shipley Gang).

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What do the letters K C above a name on an indictment mean? (The Shipley Gang).

Posted: 1554562768000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1554578378000
Surnames: Rapley, Jupp, Nye, Browne, Ewens, Mitchell
The Shipley Gang were a gang of early nineteenth century labourers.
Composed of 3 families, Rapley, Jupp and Nye but also Browne, Ewens and Mitchell.
They operated in the Horsham area of Sussex stealing and housebreaking.

Indictments obtained from The National Archives, Kew all show the name James Rapley (alledged ring leader) with the letters K C above his name.

It has been suggested K C stands for Kings Council, but this leads to the question how did a labourer afford to pay for a barrister?

Any help, thoughts, comments gratefully received.
Janet Bull
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