Notes & Queries 6



Scottish Notes & Queries


An occasional series of articles gleaned from research into my NE Scotland ancestors. Lots of stories and odd snippets. I hope you find them as interesting as I do...

The Scots Magazine, October, 1820

Proceedings at Aberdeen Circuit Court September 20, 1820 /

Christian Cruickshank, accused for concealment of pregnancy, was sentenced to be imprisoned fro the period of nine months.

James Dick, for stealing a cart and some harness, was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.

Janet Boag, wife of John Black, a Chelsea pensioner, accused of murdering her own child, of about three years of age, pleaded not guilty. From the evidence brought in support of the charge, and that of the witnesses for the defence, it appeared, that, in a fit of insanity, she had been guilty of the crime libelled, and that she occasionally subject to mental derangement. The Jury were addressed by Mr M'Neil on the part of the Crown, who admitted that it appeared to him that the pannel had committed the crime charged against her under the influence of insanity. A verdict of guilty, under this qualification, was accordingly returned by the Jury, and the unfortunate prisoner was ordered to be confined for life, or until bond should be given by some of her friends to keep her custody. 

Andrew Davidson, shipmaster in Aberdeen, was next called to the bar, charged with an assault of a highly aggravated nature, upon his own wife and his mother-in-law. He pleaded not guilty, and was sentenced to be transported beyond the seas for fourteen years.

Frederick Hunter, mariner, sometime in Aberdeen, accused of breaking into the house of Mr Brand, writer in Stonehaven, and stealing there from a gold watch and sundry other articles. The prisoner, when brought to the bar, and during his whole trial, exhibited an appearance of insanity or idiotism. Before entering upon the case, however, several witnesses were called to shew that the pannel, notwithstanding appearances, was perfectly sane. He was found guilty, and sentenced to transportation for life.

Charles Begg, farmer and merchant in Milltown of Towie, for feloniously assaulting James Dawson, farmer in Nether Mains of Towie, and of beating and wounding him on the head with a stone hammer, was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.

James Watt and John Ross, from the parish of Birse, for assault, and deforcement of revenue officers, were sentenced, Ross to twelve months' imprisonment, and Watt to nine months.