(George) The chief character in a prose tragedy, so
called, by George Lillo. He was a London apprentice, who fell in with a
wanton in Shoreditch, named Sarah Millwood, whom he visited, and to
whom he gave #200 of his master's money, and ran away. He next robbed
his uncle, a rich grazier at Ludlow, and beat out his brains. Having
spent the money, Sarah turned him out of doors, and each informed
against the other. Sarah Millwood and George Barnwell were both hanged.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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