BLACKS OF WALTHAM. A gang of desperate deer-stealers, for the suppression of whom an act was passed in the ninth year of George I. chap. 22, commonly called the Black Act. These lawless depredators used to sally forth in disguise, with their faces blacked, to the terror of the surrounding country, robbing fish-ponds, and committing all sorts of depredations. This statute, however, is repealed by 7 and 8 George IV. cap. 27.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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