14 October 2018

Suspicious death of David Barron

David Barron, officer of excise in Aberlour division, left his house at that place on the 16th ult. and was seen by some people the same evening on his way to Grantown to attend an excise collection.  He never reached that place, however, nor was heard of till nine days after, when his body was discovered in the Spey, about two miles above Fochabers, by some people employed in floating wood down the river.  The deceased, when found, wanted his coat, and had a deep wound in his head, which has given rise to strong suspicion of his death not happening accidentally.  He was in the prime of life, and has left a widow and five young children to lament his untimely fate.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 14th October 1818.

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