Notes for: William Dobson

From the Cambridgeshire Chronicle and Gazette 19 Mar 1830: Dawes v Dobson
The plaintiff in this case is a carpenter, and the defendant a bricklayer, both living at Trumpington, and the action was brought for slander, in defendant having asserted that the plaintiff stole a quantity of pease, the property of the Rev Mr Hewitt, who holds a farm in the parish of Grantchester -- Martha Green said, the defendant asked her if she had heard that the plaintiff had been stealing Mr Hewitt's pease; she said yes, but did not believe it; he replied, but you may, for I have been to Mr Hewitt's steward, who told me it was true; and also that he was caught in the man-trap that was set in Mrs Humphrey's garden, and further that he would have no more to do with him for he (plaintiff) was a rogue and a gallows rogue. -- Several other witnesses proved that a similar allegation was made in their hearing by the defendant, who said that the steward had told him such was the case. The witnesses admitted on cross-examination that the report was quite prevalent, and one or two of them had heard of it before the defendant told them. -- Mr Kelly, for the defendant, said, words were not actionable unless the party sustained special damage, and it was not attempted to prove that such was the case in this instance. All the witnesses agreed that the report was abroad before the defendant had any thing to do with it. No malice was intended by the defendant from the report; and he did not say that he knew it himself, but that the steward told him. -- The learned Judge said it was necessary that a party should be able to prove that such and such words or allegations were true before he uttered them; it was not sufficient to say that he had heard them, and they were currently reported. -- After a short discussion, with the advice of his Lordship, a verdict was given for the plaintiff -- damages 40s.

From The London Gazette, 5 Mar 1858 (
WHEREAS a Petition of William Dobson, at present and for ten years and upwards last past residing at Trumpington, in the county of Cambridge, Bricklayer, and occasionally working as a Journeyman Bricklayer, an insolvent debtor, having been filed in the County Court of Cambridgeshire, at Cambridge, and an interim order for protection from process having been given to the said William Dobson, under the provisions of the Statutes in that case made and provided, the said William Dobson is hereby required to appear before the said Court, on the 15th March instant, at ten o'clock in the forenoon precisely, for his first examination touching his debts estate, and effects, and to be further dealt with according to the provisions of the said Statutes; and the choice of the creditors' assignees is to take place at the time so appointed. All persons indebted to the said William Dobson, or that have any of his effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to Mr. John Eaden, Registrar of the said Court, at the office of the said Court, No. 16, Sidney-street, in Cambridge, the Official Assignee of the estate and effects of the said insolvent.

In 1827 inherited his father's land and buildings, between Church Lane and High Street (old Inclosure no.52 on Inclosure Award map); also allotment from the Inclosure Award on eastern side of Shelford Road near the Great Shelford boundary. Sold the south-eastern quarter of the old inclosure in 1855 to William Bebee. Sold his remaining property in Church Lane to the Pemberton trustees in 1856