Murder and Robbery.
An Account of a most Horrid Murder,
supposed to be commited on the body
of Mr MARK Dow, a respectable Shoe-
maker in Leith Street, Edinburgh, on
Wednesday Evening the 10th, or early
on Thursday morning, the 11th Jan-
uary, 1827, who was found dead near-
ly naked, at the bottom of a stair,
north west corner of Bank Street, with
a large wound on his head.
Edin. 12th January, 1827.
The following account of this horrible transac-
tion is copied from the " Edinburgh Observer,"
Newspaper of this day, which is the only authentic
notification yet published of this melancholy affair.
"A VERY extraordinary sensation was repeated
throughout this city, caused by the report
of a most respectable tradesman, Mr Mark Dow,
Shoemaker, Leith Street, having been found mur-
dered, about one o'clock that morning. The faces
of this cutastrophe, as far as can yet be learned, are
shortly these :?On Wednesday Mr Dow was pre-
sent at a dinner in Mrs Ferguson's Tavern, Lawn-
market, of the incorporation of Shoemakers, of
which incorporation he was Treasurer. He left the
Tavern about eleven o'clock, with upwards of £40
in cash, besides a bill for a considerable amount, in
his possession, apparently sober; and by a quarter
past one o'clock of the following morning he was
found, without coat, vest, hat, and shoes, lying dead
at the bottom of a stair at the north west corner of
Bank-Strret, with a large wound on his head, from
which a considerable quantity of blood had flowed,
but there was no contusion. Near the stair, but
round the corner, is a house, from the door of which
there is a sort of subterraneous communication
with the stair where Mr Dow was. found. The
landlord of this house, it is said was out on some
bussiness, and was returning home, and not getting
admission by she usual entrance, intending to get
round by this passage, went down stairs, and
stumbled over the body of Mr Dow. He imm-
diately gave information to a watchman, and the
corpse was conveyed to the Police Office.
An active shrewd officer of that establishment
named Smail, being out, and hearing a man state
that a murder had been commited, and that the
informent had seen the hat of the unhappy sufferer
burnt, contrived to get the narrator of the tale in-
duced to go to the Police Office, from whence he
and a party was dispatched to the before-mentioned
house, where they found a quantity of ashes, which
they presumed were the remains of the hat and
vcst; and, upon examination, the coat and shoes, a
small sum of money, and the bill were found.
Four or fire different individuals are now in cus-
tody, and the Sheriff has instuted an inquiry into
Mr Dow was, we understand, a widower and
has left a family of five children."
Printed for Wm. Henry-----Price One Penny
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