Judge Jeffreys 1648 - 1689

Judge JeffriesOriginally a native of North wales, Jeffreys was closely associated with Shropshire. He was created a Baron in 1685 and took the title of Lord Jeffreys of Wem - a place he never went to. He was the Lord lieutenant of Shropshire from 1687 to 1678.

He is widely remembered for his conduct of the Bloody Assize in September 1685 after the defeat of Monmouths West Country rebellion. His lauguage from the bench was often violent and sarcastic, and he was only saved from the fury of a mob (following the flight of his master King James II) by his imprisonment in the Tower where he died shortly afterwards.