29 September 2013

Court cases of William Law, John Brebner & John Henderson

The Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened here on Wednesday last, by the Right Hon. Lord Gilles.

William Law, sometime residing in Links of Arduthie, in the County of Kincardine, charged with house-breaking and theft, was outlawed for not appearing.

John Brebner, accused of Forging or Counterfeiting Notes of the Bank of Scotland, and of using and uttering the same, knowing them to be forged and counterfeited.  The prisoner denied the forging and counterfeiting, but pleaded guilty to the uttering and vending as libelled; and the Advocate Depute having restricted the libel to an arbitrary punishment, he was sentenced to seven years transportation.

John Henderson, late servant at the Printfield, Woodside, near this city, accused of one act of theft and house-breaking, and two other acts of theft, denied the first charge, and admitted the two last.  The Advocate Depute having also in this case restricted the libel to an arbitrary punishment, and no proof being led, the prisoner was accordingly found guilty upon his own confession, and sentenced to fourteen years transportation.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 29th September 1813.

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