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Roger Titchborne visits Wigan 1872   Views: 734
"Roger Tichborne's" Wigan visit 1872   Comments: 1
Photo: Keith   Item #: 28772  
 
"Roger Tichborne's" Wigan visit 1872

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  “Roger Tichborne” visited Wigan in 1872.
The blended image (centre) was said by the Claimant's supporters to prove that Roger Tichborne (left, in 1853) and the Claimant (right, in 1874) were one and the same person.
His first trial ended March 6th, 1873 having occupied 103 days. He was liberated from prison on Thursday, April 26th 1872. His second trial began on April 23rd 1872 and ended on February 28th 1874.
While awaiting his first trial he campaigned throughout the country to gain popular support. Hence his visit to Wigan on Saturday night, September 14th 1872.
The Tichborne case was a legal cause célèbre that captivated Victorian England in the 1860s and 1870s. It concerned the claims by an individual sometimes referred to as Thomas Castro or as Arthur Orton, but usually termed "the Claimant", to be the missing heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
Roger Tichborne, heir to the family's title and fortunes, was presumed to have died in a shipwreck in 1854. His mother clung to a belief that he might have survived, and after hearing rumours that he had made his way to Australia, she advertised extensively in Australian newspapers, offering a reward for information. In 1866, a butcher known as Thomas Castro from Wagga Wagga came forward claiming to be Roger Tichborne. Although his manners and bearing were unrefined, he gathered support and travelled to England. He was instantly accepted by Lady Tichborne as her son, although other family members were dismissive and sought to expose him as an impostor. He failed to convince the courts, was convicted of perjury and served a long prison sentence.
A criminal court jury decided that he was not Roger Tichborne and declared him to be Arthur Orton. Before passing a sentence of 14 years, the judge condemned the behaviour of the Claimant's counsel, Edward Kenealy, who was subsequently disbarred because of his conduct.
 

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Comments by . Ozymandias ,, 31st December 2016  
Taking into account the obvious physical similarities evident in the two photographs, I find it difficult in the extreme to understand the jury's verdict. Consider the ears alone, how similar are they ? Not to mention the width of the face, or the shadow over the top lip, or the shape of the mouth. For me, it's the same bloke and no mistake. Talk about a travesty of justice.

 
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