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Some Cross-Dressing Women
1720s and earlier

NOTE: See also Some Cross-Dressing Women, 1760s.

7-9 April 1698

A Woman in Seamans habit was this week committed to Newgate for House breaking. (The Post Man)

23 July 1726

A person committed by the name of George Kelf, was, by that name, indicted, try'd, and cast for transportation, for robbing his lodgings; but being suspected in Newgate to be a woman in man's cloaths, was search'd, and found to be so; and she says she has gone about sixteen years past in that disguise. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

15 April 1727

A young woman, who had been apprentice to a mantua maker near Fetter-Lane, who afterwards put on men's cloaths, and went by the name of Tom Shammy, and became servant at a noted tavern near Temple Bar, was last week brought to bed of a daughter. [British Journal]

15 April 1727

Worcester, April 6.   Our Assizes ended on Tuesday last, ... The woman that wears man's apparel, and has play'd unaccountable pranks about the country, is ordered to be discharged: 'Tis said she is with child, and that her husband is come to her. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

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Rictor Norton. Ed. "Some Cross-Dressing Women, 1720s and earlier", Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook. 29 July 2004, updated 16 June 2008 <>.

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