The following pages outline some of the few Culpins, from the thousands that have lived over the centuries, that found themselves in trouble with the law.
In early Victorian England crimes were punished by a variety of means including imprisonment, death and transportation. The use of the death penalty for crimes such as theft seems harsh by modern standard but often a sentence such as this was commuted to transportation. Even though this was preferable for the person concerned, it would usually mean that he or she would never have seen their family again.
John Culpin (b xxx) from Edith Weston in the County of Rutland is one such case. He was found guilty of burglary in 1827 and sentenced to death for the crime. John may have committed other crimes but none have been found on record and his court hearing only refers to the one case. The sentence does seem harsh but it was later commuted to transportation. CLICK HERE to read about him.
It must be coincidental but two other people called John Culpin ended up in trouble with the law, all three were only distantly related.
One was John Culpin, from Upton near Castor in Northamptonshire. He was also transported. Although the first John was transported for what appears to be a single crime, John of Upton was transported after a series of crimes in the area. CLICK HERE to find out about his crimes, subsequent transportation and life in Tasmania.
The third John Culpin to get into trouble, was John Culpin of Newborough, near Peterborough. By contrast to the other two, this John was a highly successful farmer and he was the victim not the perpetrator.
Other Crime and Punishments involving Culpins
- Peter Culpin – alleges that he was the subject of a Violent Theft and Highway Robbery: 26 Dec 1827: Peter Street, Soho, London
- Richard Culpin. Richard was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police in the 1870s