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Broadside entitled 'Robbery of the Mail Coach'




Mail Coach.

The whole particulars of that daring
Robbery, which was committed on
the Stirling Mail, on Saturday last
with an account of the apprehension

of one of the Robbers,

On Seturday evening, 18th Dec. the Stirling Mail   Coach
was robbed to a very extensive amount, while .changing
horses at the village of Kirkliston.    A gig. with two men in
it had been   been observed   to follow the Coach   a considerable
way before its ariivaj at   Kirkliston, where both stopped at
the Same inn.    The men came out of the gig. and after one
of them had given & boy fourpance   to   hold the reins of the
horse, they qoth wen( into the house,   while the driver and
guard were either inside the house or attending to the Post
Office duties,    A pussenger in the Coach was   observed by
a women at this time deseend   into   the boot, which   the
guard had left unlocked ; and this person did   not afterwards
make his appearance    The   man   who   gave    the boy the
fourpence also disappeared,   while   his companion mounted
the gig, and drove of rapidly,    It was then   discovered   that
a bag containing three   parcels of Bank notes,   which had
been forwarded    by   the   ageut   of    the   Leith Bank   at
Callender, of the Leith Bank at   Stirling, and   of the Com-
mercial Bank at Crief. and amounting in   all to about ten
thousand pounds, was abstracted.    It is next to self-evident
that the robbery was contrived and executed by the passen-
ger and the two   persons   in    the gig,   and that they again
met together on the road leading to the Queensferry, as three
men of the same deseription did arrive that night at New-
mills,   whence two   men proceeded to Edinburgh in a post
chain, and   the other   went westward.    It remains to be
noticed   that early on   Saturday,   a   man of the name of
Mvrray, who has   been hanging loose upon   the town   for
some time whose history is unknuwn., hired a gig from
Smith's   Stables in   Rose   Street, and this person    late on
Saturday evening called on Mr Smith, and after communi.-
ciiting to him that the horse and gig had been upset in a
ditch on the road from'Kilkliston to Queensfetry, desired
to   know what it would cost to repair   the damage.         Mr
Smith estimated the damage at L48, which Murray paid him
is ten pound band notes of the Bank of Scotland.    The horse
and gig   were actually   found in the ditch, and from   the.
marks of feet about the place,   it was evident that   three men
.had been engaged to extricate them.

It has been ascertained that Murray spent the evening
along with others in a noted Brothel at the foot of North
St David Street, kept by a man who has been taken into
custody ; and through him the police came to learn that
Murray did not leove Edinburgh till 11 o'clock on Sunday
morning, when he set off in a post.chaise for .London by the
eastern road. Sergeant Eewis Stewart of the police, accom-
panied by a clerk of one of the banks, was immediately dis-
patched in that direction after him , while messengors and
officer,. were sent off in parsuit in almost every other direc-
tion. A letter was received at the police establishment yes-
terday from Stewart, intimating that a person answering
Murray's description bad been overtaken and apprehended
at Therik in Yorkshire, where, being in an infirm state of
health, he had stopped to take some repose ; and that, L60
in Scotch notes were found upon him. He was expected to.
arrive last night in custody. The guard of the coach is in

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Probable period of publication: 1820-1830   shelfmark: Ry.III.a.2(58)
Broadside entitled 'Robbery of the Mail Coach'
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