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Address, Or Warning to the Young
Following on from the title, the report continues: 'By the unfortunate Men, now under Sentence of Death, who are to be Executed on Wednesday the 3d of November next, for various crimes, published as a warning to the rising generation, to beware of the first beginnings of evil.' This crime report takes the form of a ballad, the first line of which reads: 'O Hope! Thou sweet celestial spring'. A note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was 'Printed for the Book Cryers'.
This letter is introduced by a prose passage which reads: 'A Genuine copy of a most affecting letter sent by one of these young men, lately executed, to a young woman belonging to Edinburgh, with whom he has carried on correspondence for some years, with his dying advice and request to her, which is published with her own consent.' It was probably published in Edinburgh in 1824.
This report begins: 'Account of the cruel and inhuman tratment of a child, by its own Father, of the name M'Gregor, or Rogers, residing in Kirkintilloch, who kept the child in an empty barrel for some years, till he was more like one of the monkey species than a human being . . . altogether a deplorable instance of culpable neglect and savage cruelty.' The sheet was printed in Glasgow by Muir.
This broadside story begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Dreadful Punishment inflicted on Mr JOHN SYM, a Respectable Gentleman in Hampstead, who was in a moment struck Blind by Lightning, for giving False Evidence against his own Servant Maid, by which she was condemned to Death, but was afterwards providentially saved by his voluntary Confession at the place of Execution.' The sheet was published in 1834 and cost one penny.
Brutal Assault and Murder!
This crime report begins: 'An Acoount of a most Brutal Assault, committed on a young woman, to the great effusion of her blood, in a field of the Glasgow Road, on Saturday evening last, May 22, 1830, and the Miscreant seized and lodged in the Police Office. Together, with further particulars of Murdoch Grant, Pedlar, at Assynt, and the apprehension of a young man named M'Leod, who was lodged in Jail, on strong suspicions of being concerned in this horrid transaction.' This report was sourced from the 'Observer' and published by the 'Inverness Courier'.
This crime account begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that Curious and Laughable circumstance, that took place between a journeyman Hatter and a sprightly young lass, on Monday 4th July, 1825'. The crime ocurred in Mint Street, Southwark, London.
Escaped from Prison
This report continues: 'Whereas upon Tuesday Evening last, the 19th Current, Captain ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, late of the 50th Regiment of Foot (commonly called Major Campbell,) a Prisoner for Debt, made his Escape from the Canongate Jail, Edinburgh, under Disguise.' It includes a description of Campbell and the offer of a reward, and was published in Edinburgh on 21st October 1819.
This execution report begins: 'An account of the Execution of ALEXANDER MILNE, who was Hanged at Aberdeen on Friday the 27th August, for the crimes of Stouthrief and Housebreaking. With the Speech which he made to the Magistrates in prison, and the address which he delivered to the numerous Spectators at the place of Execution.' 'Stouthrief' is a Scots law term meaning 'theft with violence (later only in a dwelling-house)'. The sheet was published in 1824 by John Muir of Glasgow.
Execution of John Stewart
This execution notice begins: 'THE LAST / SPEECH AND DYING WORDS, / Of John Stewart, who was executed within the Flood-Mark at Leith, upon the 4th January 1721, for the Crime of Piracy and Robbery.' This sheet was published in Edinburgh, in 1727, by Robert Brown of Forrester's Wynd.
Execution of Robert Brown Anderson and James Menzies or Robertson
This execution notice begins: 'An account of the Trial of ROBERT BROWN ANDERSON, and JAMES MENZIE, alias ROBERTSOn, before the Circuit Court of Justiciary at Stirling, for Shop-breaking and Theft, at Grahamstown, near Falkirk, who were sentenced to be executed at Stirling, on Friday, the 11th of October, 1811.' This sheet was published by Thomas Duncan of Glasgow.
Extraordinary Apprehension and Examination of the Edinburgh Gentleman Swindler
This crime account begins: 'Just Published, a strange account of the proceedings of Captain Smith, the notorious Gentleman Swindler, who has taken in a great number of Noblemen and Gentleman residing in Moray Place, George Street, Charlotte Square . . . also his examination by the Sheriff.' This sheet was published by Forbes of Edinburgh.
Full and Particular Account of the Execution
Following on from the title, the report continues: ' . . . of five whiteboys, who were hanged at Newcastle, in the county of Limerick, on Monday the 7th of January, 1822. Also, their Address from the Scaffold to their deluded fellow-country-men. With an account of their funeral procession from the place of Execution to Croppies Hole, where they were buried by the Public Authorities.' The sheet was published by John Muir of Glasgow, and the story was sourced from 'The Limerick Chronicle'.
Gauger in a Pit
This news story begins: 'An account of a Gauger's Travels betwixt Edinburgh and Gilmerton, after Smuggled Whisky. His meeting with a party of Colliers, who conveyed him to the bottom of a Coal Pit ; the awful Dream he had while in the pit : with the curious Trial, and Sentence given by the Colliers.' This sheet was published by Robert Martin.
Glasgow: Trials and sentences
This report of court proceedings begins: 'Account of the Trial and Sentence of the various Prisoners who have appeared at the Bar of Justiciary since it opened on Tuesday last.' It was published by William Carse of Glasgow, in 1833.
Groans from the Dungeon
This lamentation begins: 'MORTALS on various projects bent, / Attend the mournful cry, / Nor scorn the melancholy plaint / Of him condemn'd to die.' It was printed by Thomas Duncan, of the Saltmarket in Glasgow.
The first verse begins: 'Heather Jock was stark and grim, / Faught wi' a' would fecht wi' him; / Swauk and supple, sharp and thin, / Fine for gaun against the win''. 'Swack' in this instance probably means 'nimble' or 'agile'. The chorus reads: 'Heather Jock's noo awa, / Heather Jock's noo awa, / The muircock noo may crously craw, / Since Heather Jock's noo awa.' 'Crously' is Scots for 'proudly' or 'boldly'.
This ballad begins with the chorus: 'Heather Jock's noo awa, / Heather Jock's noo awa, / The muircock noo may crousely craw, / Since Heather Jock's noo awa.' The opening line of verse one reads: 'Heather Jock was stark and grim'.
High Court of Justiciary
This public notice begins: 'Edinburgh, Monday, 1st March 1841. / GRACE ANDERSON, a servant in the British Hotel, Queen Street, pled Guilty to the Concealment of Pregnancy'. It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh.
Highland soldiers and their Mutiny in Glasgow
This execution notice begins: 'An account of the trial of eight Soldiers belonging to Breadalbane Regiment of Fencibles, for a mutiny in the city of Glasgow, four of whom received sentence of death, three of which received a pardon at the place of execution, and the fourth was shot on Tuesday the 27th day of January 1795'.
Horrid Circumstance in a Druggist's Shop in Town
This crime report begins: 'Account of that strange circumstance which took place on Sunday night last in a Druggist's shop in Glasgow; the shopman and another person invited two young women into it, where after giving to them spirits, lozenges and powders, a most brutal attack was made on them in the shop . . .' A note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published by William Carse of Glasgow, while the story was sourced from 'The Glasgow Chronicle' of November the 15th. Unfortunately, the year of publication is not included.
Horrid Confession of John Kean
Following on from the title, the report continues: 'The Cotton Spinner, who was lately sent off from this City for Botany Bay, and which was read in the House of Commons on Friday night last, giving the names and descriptions of the persons who employed him to shoot John Graham, and who gave him the pistols and shot. Also, the names of several respectable Manufacturers who were to have been assassinated, for which he was to receive £100.' The sheet was published in 1825 by William Carse of Glasgow.
This report begins: 'A melancholy Account of the Death of two Children, who were poisoned by a Man who went about selling Candy, at Portobello, near Edinburgh, on Tuesday last, in whose Possession was found valuable Articles, which he obtained from the Children in exchange for his Candy.' This sheet was re-printed by Douglas and Kent, Newcastle.
John Armstrong's Last farewel
This ballad begins: 'IS their never a Man in all Scotland, / from the highest state to the lowest degree.' The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'Declaring how he and his Eight-scoremen fought a bloody Battell at Edinburgh. / To the Tune of, Fare thou well bonny Gilt Knock Hall.'
This crime report continues: 'Contradiction of all that has been advanced [missing] he left the City of Glasgow, wrote [missing] one of the hulks.' John Kean is attributed as the author and it was published by William Carse of Glasgow. The story was sourced from the 'Glasgow Free Press', carried on the 2nd July 1825.
Lamentation for George Gilchrist, Under sentence of Death in Edinburgh
This lamentation begins: 'Come all ye night walkers a warning take by me, / Now I have received my sentence to die most shamefully / On the third day of August, at the head of Libberton Wynd, / You will behold my wretch fate, a warning take in time.'
Lamentation of George Gilchrist
This text begins: 'Now under sentence of death in Edinburgh. / If I had been contented, and carried on my trade, / I would have been much happier, and money would have made, / But I was hast'ning to be rich, and fell into a snare, Which I would tell to every one to make them all beware.' This sheet was published by J. Neil & Co.
This report begins: 'The last SPEECH Confession and Dying Declaration of WILLIAM TAYLOR, who was executed at Stirling on Friday the 28th day of May 1790, for the crime of housebreaking.'
Last Speech and Dying Words
This report begins: 'THE LAST SPEECH AND DYING WORDS OF THAT UNFORTUNATE Potatoe Merchant and Mealmonger, Who underwent the awful Sentence of the Law, on Wednesday the 14th January, 1824, and his body hung in chains on the hill of Ballengiech, for the abominable crime of Forstalling the Meal and Potatoe Markets, and thereby raising the price of Provisions.' It was printed by John Muir of Glasgow, in 1824.
Letter from John Kean to the Lord Provost and Magistrates
This crime report begins: 'An account of the Public Whipping of JOHN KEAN, for shooting at JOHN GRAHAM, a Cotton-spinner, which took place on Wednesday the 11th of May, on a Platform erected in front of Glasgow Jail, in presence of an immense multitude.' Attributed to John Kean on the 5th May 1825 and published by John Muir.
Letter from Michael M'Cabe
This broadside begins: 'Just published, an interesting Letter from Michael M'Cabe, now lying under Sentence of Death, on the Gaud, in the Calton Jail, addressed to Rebecca Hudson, Bell's Wynd, his Sweetheart, which is published here by his own desire.' It was published in 1833.