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GAOLER. The keeper of a gaol or prison, one who has the legal custody of the place where prisoners are kept.
     2. It is his duty to keep the prisoners in safe custody, and for this, purpose he may use all necessary force. 1 Hale, P. C. 601. But any oppression of a prisoner under a pretended necessity will be punished; for the prisoner, whether he be a debtor or a criminal, is entitled to the protection of the laws from oppression.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And elsewhere, Chief Beefeater Chris Morton announces his imminent retirement, meaning the Mace and Gaoler's axe will be handed on to the next generation.
Visitors can meet the gaoler and deputy warden as they send prisoners to the dungeon, find out what sort of punishments prisoners received in the Middle Ages, and see the reality of life in the Borders during the 1500s as family raided family.
A warder noticed, retrieved the letter, reported her to the gaoler and O'Connor received three days on a restricted diet.(17) Punishments awarded for quarrelling indicate less friendly inmate relationships.
In 1904, for example, the Wanganui Gaoler reported that the state of the female division was driving him to distraction.
THE Queen was spared the gaoler's axe yesterday at the Tower of London.
So as she posed for a photograph with the Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters), Yeoman Gaoler John Keohane made sure the sharper edge was placed away from the Monarch.
LAST week was a happy/sad experience at The Knights as JARVIS HUMBY and GRAHAM DAY AND THE GAOLERS provided the final epic soundtrack of the summer at this great little venue.
GRAHAM DAY AND THE GAOLERS will be having lock down on Teesside tonight.
TICKETS have gone on sale for a gig at the Knights in Middlesbrough a week tomorrow by the mighty GRAHAM DAY AND THE GAOLERS.