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Broadside regarding the trial and sentence of William Alexander and Janet Blackwood, or Martin
An Account of these two Murders, the one committed, on Tuesday evening last, the 5th September, 1826, on the Body of Mrs ALEXANDER, residing at the foot of Leith Wynd, Edinburgh, by her own Husband; and the other, last night, Monday the 11th September, 1826, on the Body of a young man of the name of BAIN, a Hatter, in the West Port, who was killed on the spot.
Edinburgh, 12th September, 1826.
We copy the following from the Edinburgh Observer of this day:
TUESDAY night, a man of the name ALEXANDER, residing in Leith Wynd, in a fit of passion stabbed his wife in the neck with a knife. The woman was taken to the Infirmary, but the wound was of so serious a nature, that she died in a few hours. We understand that the parties had frequent jars, which arose from jealousy on the part of the wife. Alexander is now in custody.
At the time our informant left the West Port, the perpetrator of this horrid deed had eluded the search of the police; but as he is well known, it is hoped he will not long be able to conceal himself from justice ?. Edinburgh Observer of Tuesday, 12th September.
A full and Particular Account of the Trial and Sentence of Wm. Alexander, and Janet Blackwood, or Martin, who were tried before the High Court of Justiciary, on Monday 29th January 1827, for Murder, and Assault, on the person of Catherine Smith, wife of the said Wm. Alexander, on 6th September last, who died in the Infirmary on the 8th September, in consequence.
Yesterday, at Edinburgh, the High Court of Justiciary proceeded to the Trial of William Alexander, mason, and Janet Blackwood, alias Martin, accused of Murder, as also Assault, in violently, wickedly, and feloniously attacking, on the 6th September last, Catherine Smith, or Alexander, wife of the said W. Alexander, then residing in Leith Wynd, repeatedly striking her with clenched fists, and with a pair of tongs, &c. on the head, face, chest, and limbs, until she was knocked to the ground, and reduced to a state of insensibility, and severely and mortally wounded, to the great effusion of her blood, and one of her ribs broken; and she continued to languish in the Royal Infirmary till the 8th September, when she died, in consequence of the injuries thus received, and was thereby murdered. W. Alexander was accused of having previously evinced deadly malice and ill-will against his late wife, by striking, maltreating, and harshly using her, especially for 18 months preceding her death. There was also an alternate charge of assault against both pannels. They plead Not Guilty.
The Lord Advocate said he should give up the case against the woman; and from the evidence of Dr Newbigging, he found he could not bring home the charge of murder against the man, therefore would only ask for a verdict of culpable homicide.
The Lord Justice Clerk made a very few observations to the jury, who, without hesitation, returned a verdict of culpable homicide against Alexander, and as to Blackwood the libel not proven; the former was sentenced to be transported for fourteen years, and the latter was dismissed from the bar, with a severe admonition. The Court was immensely crowded.
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1827 shelfmark: Ry.III.a.2(74)