- Required than anyone deemed to be a rogue, vagabond, or sturdy beggar, who was found begging could be "stripped naked from the middle upwards and openly whipped until his or her body be bloody.
- The person was then passed to his or her birthplace or last residence.
- Wandering scholars seeking alms.
- Shipwrecked seamen.
- Idle persons using subtle craft in games or in fortune-telling.
- Pretended proctors, procurers or gatherers of alms for institutions.
- Fencers, bearwards, common players or minstrels.
- Jugglers, tinkers, pedlars & petty chapmen.
- Able-bodied wandering persons & labourers without means refusing to work for current rates of wages.
- Discharged prisoners.
- Wanderers pretending losses by fire.
- Egyptians or gypsies.
- In the ensuing 2 centuries the list was amended from time to time to include any class of person now considered undesirable.
- Examples included - unlicensed lottery ticket dealers, "end-gatherers" (persons buying ends of cloth), poachers, persons "in possession of burglarious implements", etc.
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