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.

21 September 2014

Public roup of property in Tannery Street, Aberdeen


To be sold by public roup, within the house of George Ronald, vintner in Aberdeen, upon Friday the 7th day of October next, at two o'clock, afternoon,

THAT convenient HOUSE, with the Back Court and Pertinents, lying on the west side of the Tannery Street of Aberdeen, and presently possessed by James Mair, Jeweller, Mrs Skinner, Mrs Tough, and others.  The house is very substantial, and well accommodated with fixed beds and presses.  It is slated and finished with the best of wood.

For further particulars, apply to Henry Lumsden, advocate in Aberdeen, with whom the progress of writs, and articles of roup are to be seen.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 21st September 1814.

Public roup of property in Banff


On Saturday the 1st day of October next, at 1 o'clock afternoon, there will be sold by public roup, within the house of Mrs Anderson, vintner in Banff,

THAT TENEMENT in the BURGH of BANFF, belonging to John Garden, Shoemaker, and lying in the street leading from the Cross to the Grammar School, consisting formerly of four Vaults, and on which a Dwelling House and others were lately erected.

The articles of roup and title deeds, will be shown by John Smith, writer in Banff.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 21st September 1814.

14 September 2014

James Craighead, deceased


ALL those having CLAIMS on the deceased JAMES CRAIGHEAD, Farmer in Milltown of Finnersie, are desired to lodge the same with William Stuart, Advocate, Castle Street, Aberdeen, betwixt and the fourth of November next.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 14th September 1814.

Ruthrieston Farm and Cooperage, Aberdeen


The small Farm of MIDTOWN of RUTHRIESTON, at present possessed by James Ironside, is to be Let, and may be entered to at Martinmas.

The COOPERAGE in Virginia Street, as possessed by Mr Coutts, with several Rooms in the adjoining Houses at the Foot of Castle-hill, are also to be Let.

Apply to Mr Duthie, Rosehill, by Aberdeen.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 14th September 1814.

7 September 2014

Peterhead Dwelling Houses


THESE FOUR DWELLING HOUSES, with the Stable, Byre, and Gardens, belonging thereto, situated in the Roanheads of Peterhead, as presently possessed by William Allardyce, William Thom, and others, the property of the heirs of the late Andrew Robertson, will be sold in one, or more Lots, as purchasers may incline.  There is an excellent Spring Well upon the premises; and the proprietor for the time, has right to Seats in the Parish Church.

The tenants will shew the premises; and for further particulars, application may be made to William Gammack, Writer in Peterhead.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 7th September 1814.

Farms in Banffshire and Moray


There will be Let, at INNES HOUSE, on Tuesday the 13th day of September 1814, for Leases of such endurance as may be agreed upon,

THE following POSSESSIONS, viz.:  

County of Banff, Parish of Marnoch.
LONGHAUGH of KINNAIRDY, occupied by Jno. Hacket.

County of Moray, Parishes of St Andrew's and Rafford.
MOSS-SIDE of BLERVIE, occupied by Alexander Dunbar.
EASTER BROCKLACH of DITTO, occupied by Alex. Smith
BOGTOWN of COXTON, occupied by Alex. Gill.

The entry to be at Whitsunday first.

These Possessions are of fine early soil, all of them susceptible of great improvement; and Longhaugh and Bogtown are of very considerable extent, - particularly Longhaugh, which is situated on the banks of the Doveron, and bounded by that river on the south.

The ground officers will point out the marches; and for farther particulars, application may be made to Mr Stronach, at Knock, as to Longhaugh; and to Mr Williamson, at Innes, as to the Morayshire Farms; - to either of whom, offers may be given in, previous to the day of let.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 7th September 1814.