4 December 2016

Walter Sim, brewer in Aberdeen


THE whole BREWING STOCK and UTENSILS belonging to the Sequestrated Estate of WALTER SIM, Brewer in Aberdeen, consisting of MALT, LIQUOR in the course Brewing, VATS, CASKS & c. &c. are to be Sold; and a purchaser may enter on Mr Sim's business.

For particulars, apply to Mr William Pirie, Merchant in Aberdeen, the Trustee; or John D. Milne, Advocate there.

It is also requested that the Creditors of Walter Sim and Walter Sim and Co. who have not lodged their Claims, accompanied by Affidavits will do so without delay; and that those Indebted to the Bankrupts, will immediately make payment to Mr Pirie, or Mr Milne, as prosecutions are about to be raised.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 4th December 1816.

Cairnbanno croft

To Let, entry immediately,

THAT Possession on the Lands of CAIRNBANNO lately occupied by the deceased ALEX. BRUCE, consisting of about 10 Acres, to which more Ground contiguous can be added, if wanted.  

The ground is of good soil, in excellent heart, and the situation is very desirable for a tradesman, or a person wishing a small possession.

Offers may be made to Mr Wilson, the Proprietor; or George Yeats, Advocate, Aberdeen, on or before the 13th current, when the possession will be Let at Cairnbanno-house.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 4th December 1816.

27 November 2016

Alexander Muirden, Greenbrae


Upon Tuesday the 10th day of December next, there will be sold by public roup at Greenbrae,

THE whole stock of goods, belonging to Alexander Muirden, Merchant at Greenbrae, consisting of Clothiery, Grocery, and Hardware, and also his Household Furniture.  The roup will begin precisely at 10 o'clock forenoon, on account of the shortness of the day.

All those having Claims against the said Alexander Muirden, are requested to lodge the same with Alexander Webster, Advocate in Aberdeen, agent for his Trustees; and those indebted to the said Alexander Muirden, are desired to pay the sums due by them, to the said Alexander Webster, or to John Brodie, Merchant in New Deer, within one month from this date to prevent expences.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 27th November 1816.

Reward for the apprehension of William Lees


WHEREAS yesterday evening, several Convicts, at present in confinement in the Jail of Aberdeen, under sentence of Transportation, having made an attempt to break out of Prison; and one of them, of the name of WILLIAM LEES, who was sentenced by the Circuit Court of Justiciary, held here about eight months ago, to transportation beyond the sea for seven years, for Stealing from the Shop of ARTHUR MILNER, Merchant in Aberdeen, having effected his Escape, on the foresaid occasion:


Is hereby offered to any person, who shall apprehend the said William Lees, and lodge him in any of His Majesty's Jails; the Reward to be paid by Alexander Cadenhead, Advocate in Aberdeen, Procurator Fiscal for the City and Liberties thereof.

N.B. - - The said William Lees is a native of England - about 13 years of age - 5 feet 3 or 4 inches high - of a pale complexion - - light coloured short hair - - a little pitted with the small pox - - has rather a short neck, and is of a broad make, and speaks the English dialect - - was dressed when he made his escape, in a blue jacket and canvas trowsers, and a light coloured vest, without having any thing upon his head.

Aberdeen, 25th November, 1816.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 27th November 1816.

20 November 2016

Victims of snowstorm on Cairn o'Mount

Janet Grant and John Cowie, in crossing the Cairn o'Mount, from the parish of Strachan, to the parish of Fordoun, last Saturday evening, were overtaken by a severe snow storm, lost the road, and after wandering for some time, were obliged, through fatigue, to sit down about a mile from Know-greens.  Cowie, having previously wrapped his companion in his great-coat, made several efforts, through the first part of the night, to recover the road; but not succeeding, he got back to where she was, and in a few hours became insensible.  Janet Grant was, with great difficulty, when the morning dawned, able to get to Know-greens, where she was put to bed, and treated with much humanity. - She was next day brought home, and although still confined to bed, is gradually recovering.  Immediately on her arrival at Know-greens, search was made for Cowie, who was found stiff and cold, and covered with a coat of ice.  He was brought home to his father's house where all means recommended for restoring suspended animation were tried by Dr Cameron; but, after above six hours incessant labour, in which he was cheerfully assisted by all around him, we lament to say that all their humane exertions proved in vain.  The many accidents which have occurred in the winter season, in the Cairn o'Mount, should be a warning to persons obliged to cross that hill, not to attempt doing so either in a thick fog, or in a snow storm, especially when the night is approaching.  This is the second person whose life has been lost in that hill since the first of December last.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 20th November 1816.

Accidental death of John Smith

We are extremely concerned, to state, that on Tuesday morning, the 12th instant, Mr JOHN SMITH, a man of the most respectable character, who has for many years acted as Manager of the Printing Works of Messrs. Gordon, Barron, & Co. lost his life, by falling in to one of the Canals on their premises at Woodside.  He had risen very early, and after having been employed for some time in the Counting House, had gone to draw some water, for the purpose, as is supposed, of washing himself.  By the extreme force of the current acting powerfully on the vessel he had used, together with the slippery state of the ground, he must have been instantaneously dragged into the Canal, and from thence, most unfortunately carried to the River. The strictest search has been made, and is still making, for the body, but as yet without success.  - The above account differs in some respects from that given in a contemporary print; but we are authorised to say, this statement is correct.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 20th November 1816.

13 November 2016

Trial in Aberdeen Magistrates' Court

Upon the 9th day of November current, Alexander Ross, William Ross, James Pillar, Alexander Pillar, Robert Fleming, William Burnett, George Brown, and Hugh McSween, boys mostly under 15 years of age, were all brought to trial before the Magistrates, at the instance of the Procurator Fiscal, accused of no less than Twenty-two different acts of Theft, committed within the past two months, upon the property of Merchants, and others within the Town, by these boys, who had formed themselves into a gang.  And upon the 12th current, Ann Bowie, Confectioner and Pye-maker in Aberdeen, was in like manner brought to trial, for inticing the foresaid boys into her Shop, encouraging them to spend money for Pies and Puddings, and resetting several articles from them, knowing that they had procured their money for property stolen by them, and that the articles so resetted by here were stolen.  The Sitting Magistrate, on the evidence being closed, and after addressing the Prisoners, and such of their Parents as were present, in a most impressive and feeling manner, sentenced them as follows, viz.:- Alexander Ross, (the eldest of the gang) to six months confinement and hard labour in Bridewell, and to receive fifty lashes on his bare back by the hands of the Common Executioner, the day previous to his liberation; George Brown (about 13 years of age, who had formerly been punished by imprisonment in the Tolbooth for stealing,) to four months confinement and hard labour in Bridewell, and to receive twenty-five lashes on his bare back by the hands of the Common Executioner, the day previous to his liberation; William Ross, James Pillar, Alexander Pillar, Robert Fleming, William Burnett, and Hugh McSween, each to two months confinement and hard labour in Bridewell; and Ann Bowie, to three months confinement and hard labour in Bridewell.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 13th November 1816.