Smuggling , April 1759
Plymouth, April 18th 1759, from Owen's Weekly Chronicle; and 1763, from the London Chronicle.
This day was reseized by Henry Gibbs, Esq., Surveyor-General of his Majesty's Customs, and landed at the Custom-House Quay from the Isis man-o'war, 140 anchors of brandy, 17 bags of tea, and 200 wt. of tobacco; which had been taken out of three smuggling-boats off the Lizard; the smugglers declared they were going to land on the coast of Cornwall, and that they came out of Guernsey in company with 7 boats, one brig, one schooner, and a sloop, all intended for the said coast. The total of their cargo did not amount to less than 2000 anchors of brandy, and about 25 tons of tea.
The London Chronicle, 1763
On Sunday 20th February a smuggling sloop from Guernsey put in to the River Yalm near Plymouth, having on board about 120 casks of brandy, and three bags of tea; and in the night about 40 to 50 men came with horses, and carried away the goods.
National Library of Wales. 20th November 1737. Pembrey, Carmarthen.
James Ayres; Parish: Guernsey, Channel Islands; County: Outside Wales; Status: Mariner. Offence: Riotously breaking and entering prosecutor's house, a David Parker being a person 'suspected to have informed the customs officers concerning some goods they had run i.e. smuggling on the coast.' Also implicated but not indicted are Thomas le Page, William Lambert and Peter Major. Prosecutor: Margaret Parker, widow. Plea: Not guilty. Verdict: Not guilty.
Ayres, along with Guernsey sailors Henry Lambert and William Roberts, was also accused both of riot and assault and wounding a prosecutor by shooting him. They were all found not guilty.