19 October 2014

James Leith's wager

A few days ago, JAMES LEITH, a young man, servant to Mr SKENE of Skene, after performing a hard day's work, viz. two yokings of a 4-oxen plough in unimproved ground, undertook, for a trifling wager, to bag one hundred stones, each placed at the distance of an ell, within one hour!  He accomplished his task within 52 minutes.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 19th October 1814.

Accidental drowning

On Wednesday night last, as a man of the name of Donaldson, was returning with his wife from a North Country Market, he stumbled and fell on some stones by the road-side, near Hadagain, about 2 miles distant, when the latter, in her eagerness to assist him, fell into the Canal; upon which the husband, in his endeavours to rescue his wife from her perilous situation, also plunged into the water.  The alarm which was  given soon brought to their aid some of their friends, who were following closely, by whose exertions the woman was saved, but the man could not be got out before he was thus unfortunately drowned.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 19th October 1814.

12 October 2014

James Diack, William Strath, John Mowat

A complaint by the Procurator Fiscal, was lately brought before the Justices of the Peace, against James Diack, in Warthill, parish of Rayne, and William Strath and John Mowat, in the parish of Fyvie, for a violent assault, battery, and breach of the peace, at and immediately after the Inverury Market, in September last - in particular, for breaking the windows of William Maitland; striking and abusing William Shand, and his wife; and for striking and maltreating George Cowie, keeper of Drimmies toll-bar - all which would have been completely established by a number of witnesses.  But the Defenders having, immediately upon being cited, made the fullest recompence to the parties injured; and having also come to town, acknowledging these offences, and thrown themselves upon the mercy of the Court; the Justices were, on this occasion, disposed to cause the Fiscal drop further proceedings, on his receiving payment of the expenses incurred.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 12th October 1814.

Kincardineshire Farms


THE following FARMS, in the Parish of Inverbervie, are to be let for 19 years from Martinmas next, viz:--

1st.  MAINS of HALLGREEN, containing about 200 acres arable, and 40 acres of pasture, all lying above the turnpike road leading from Bervie to Montrose, and as presently possessed by Andre Keddy.

2d.  SILLYFLATT, as lately possessed by David Brown, containing about 140 acres arable, and 15 acres of pasture.

3d.  About 50 acres of very rich arable land, and 5 acres of pasture, adjoining to the Town of Inverbervie, and Castle of Hallgreen.

These farms consist of very superior Wheat soil, with a south exposure; and are situated in the immediate vicinity of Inverbervie, and the sea port town of Gourdon; the turnpike road to Montrose passes through the lands, and few arms enjoy more local advantages, having an inexhaustible supply of Sea Weed from the Ware-hole of Gourdon, and shores of the estate, with a considerable command of Manure from the above towns.  The Town of Gourdon affords a well frequented Harbour for importing Lime and Coals, and exporting the produce of the lands, and a good weekly market is always found at Montrose, distant only 11 miles from the farms.  The Dwelling Houses and Steadings on the farms of Mains of Hallgreen and Sillyflatt are very commodious and complete, with a Thrashing Mill belonging to the proprietor attached to each steading.  

The farms will be found in excellent condition, and the entry of the incoming tenants highly favourable.

The lands will be shewn by Alexander Brown, ground officer in Bervie; and proposals for leases may be addressed to the Proprietor, James Farquhar Esq. M.P. Johnstone Lodge, by Laurencekirk; or to John Innes Esq. of Cowie, by Stonehaven; or Messrs. Innes and Dallas W.S. Edinburgh.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 12th October 1814.

5 October 2014

Woodside Smithy

Sale This Day.

Upset Price Reduced to L.210.

There will be exposed to sale, by public roup, within the Lemon
Tree Tavern of Aberdeen, on Wednesday the 5th of October
curt. at 6 o-clock p.m.,

THAT commodious DWELLING HOUSE & SMITHY at Woodside, presently possessed by Thomas Nicholds and others; with a Piece of GROUND adjoining.  The House was built within these two years; is two stories high, with Garrets above.  It is well divided, and calculated for a Public House.

For particulars, apply to Thomas Sangster, Advocate, Aberdeen.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 5th October 1814.

Tarfat Farm, Strichen


THE FARM of TARFATT, in the parish of Strichen, as presently occupied by Alexander Anderson, will be Let for such a number of years as may be agreed upon.  It consists of upwards of 60 acres of arable land, about 12 whereof are old infield; the rest being on a clay soil, is very susceptible of improvement; and as it is within a mile of the Lime Quarry of Strichen, Lime can be had at a very easy rate.  It is likewise not above half a mile from the village of Mormond - which local advantages add much to the value of this Farm.

The present tenant will shew the boundaries; and application for particulars, and offers, may be made to John Anderson, Factor at Strichen.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 5th October 1814.

28 September 2014

Circuit court: cases of William Law, George & John Downie and Joseph MacHardy

On Monday last, the Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened here by the Right Honourable Lord PITMILLY.

There were only two cases before his Lordship.  The first of which was that of William Law.  The libel against him was of a very formidable nature - not less than two separate charges of housebreaking and theft, aggravated by prison breaking.  The pannel pleaded guilty of the crime of prison breaking, but denied the rest of the libel.  Owing to the panel having acknowledged his guilt of one of the charges, by petitioning the Sheriff of Kincardineshire for voluntary banishment on a prior occasion, the Public Prosecutor departed from that charge, and confined himself to the charge against the pannel of breaking in to the house of Isabella Smith, in the neighbourhood of Stonehaven, and carrying off various articles narrated in the indictment.

It appeared that Isabella Smith had, about the end of the year 1812, left her house, and gone on a visit to a daughter in Arbroath; and during her absence, her dwelling house had been forcibly entered, and completely ransacked of every article of value.  Sometime after, a bed and bed-tick, the property of Smith, was traced to the house of John Duncan, broker in Montrose, and was clearly proved to have been purchased from the pannel; but none of the other articles were ever heard of.  The Public Prosecutor attempted to bring the housebreaking home to the pannel; but the evidence on this part of the libel, though strongly presumptive, was by no means conclusive on the point.  The Jury were enclosed, and returned a verdict yesterday morning, when they unanimously found the pannel, upon his own confession, guilty of prison-breaking, and of stealing a bed and bed-tick, the property of the said Isabella Smith; but found the other parts of the libel not proven.

His Lordship then pronounced sentence of transportation against the pannel for 14 years.

Thereafter came on the trial of George and John Downie, and of Joseph Machardy, accused of assaulting and deforcing Malcolm Gillespie, excise officer, to the effusion of his blood and danger of his life.  The Public Prosecutor passed from the charge in so far as related to Machardy; and the pannels, George and John Downie, pleaded "guilty in part" which was afterwards explained by their Counsel to import a denial of the deforecement, and a denial of having assaulted or beat the exciseman to the danger of his life; but they admitted, that they had been engaged in a scuffle with the said exciseman, and had struct him so as (they were since informed) to draw blood from his body.  The Advocate-Depute acquiesced in the accuracy of this qualified confession; and thereafter an appeal to the clemency of the Court and Jury was made on behalf of the pannels, in respect of their candid confession, - their submissive and voluntary appearance to meet the justice of their country, - and their previous good characters, of which a proof was offered by respectable witnesses then attending.  The Court judged it unnecessary to go into any proof on the matter of previous character, of which no impeachment had been made; and a Jury having been enclosed, they unanimously, and without leaving the box, found the pannels guilty in terms of their confession; but recommended them to the clemency of the Court.

Sentence of imprisonment in Bridewell for the period of nine months was pronounced upon them, after a suitable admonition from the Bench, and at the end of the period of their confinement, to find bail for their good behaviour for three years.

Counsel for the Crown, Mr Home Drummond; for the Pannels, Mr Gordon.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 28th September 1814.