On the 20th inst. Francis Ferrar, in Davan, parish of Logie Coldstone, was convicted before the Sheriff, on his own confession, of having conducted himself in a very violent and improper manner towards Harry Lamond Esq., one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for Aberdeenshire, while acting in the discharge of his duty as a Magistrate, in putting a stop to an affray at Tarland, on the evening of the 12th inst. Ferrar, having soon become sensible of the impropriety of his conduct, had voluntarily delivered himself up to justice; and on being brought before the Sheriff, he expressed great contrition for his offence. In consideration of these alleviating circumstances, and on the interposition of Mr Lamond, who was present in court, and generously interceded in his behalf, the sentence of the court only was, that he should find caution to keep the peace, and be of good behaviour, for the space of two years, under the penalty of Four Hundred Merks, and be imprisoned till such caution was found. At the same time, the Sheriff stated, that if any thing of the kind should again occur, a much severer sentence would be pronounced.
Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 24th July 1816.