'Molly Haydock, later to become Mrs Mary Reibey in June 1791 when fourteen years old, fled from her hometown Blackburn Bury in Lancashire. Effectively disguised as a young labourer, she adopted the convenient alias, James Borrow, the name of a Bury boy deceased in 1790. For five incredible months she maintained that male role. The masquerade survived detection not only when on 18th century highways, thick as they were with footpads and horse thieves, but also from discovery by innkeepers, and by felons and their guardians in H.M. Prison, Stafford. Arrested as a horse theif, the 'boy' befooled the court authorities at the Summer Assizes, despite interrogation. Molly Haydock never disclosed her identity, neither when condemned to death by hanging nor later when the attained sentence, some six weeks later, was commuted to transportation beyond the seas for seven years. Eventually her charade was rumbled and her troubles multiplied.'