This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Trial of ROBERT MURRAY, who was tried yesterday, the 28th February, 1825, before the High Court of Justiciary, for the Robbery of the Stirling Mail, on the evening of the 18th December last, at Kirkliston when Cash to the amount of upwards of £7000 Sterling was abstracted!'. This sheet was published by Robert McMillan and sold for a penny.
Most of this report details the actions of William Hume, the time-served Guard of the Mail Coach. Though negligent for not locking the mail box he was not held responsible for the theft. Robert Murray, a Londoner who lived 'on the interest from his money', was dismissed on a verdict of Not Proven. It is not clear how Murray became involved in the case at all, the report simply says the ?bank people . . . received some intelligence'.
£7,000 in 1825 was a lot of money. Nowadays it would be worth over £300,000.
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1825 shelfmark: F.3.a.14(30)
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