24 August 2014

Cases brought before the Justices of Peace of Aberdeen

On Monday last, Janet Douglas, otherwise Oliver, a vagrant and incorrigible vagabond, who was about six years ago imprisoned in the Tolbooth of Aberdeen, along with a John Oliver, said to be her husband, for the crime of coining and uttering base money, and also committed to Bridewell, about four years ago, in virgue of a Warrant from the Justices of the Peace, for some crime she was guilty of about Tarland; was duly convicted before the Magistrates, of obtaining money from the Lieges in an illegal manner, by pretending to be deaf and dumb, to tell fortunes, and to have a licence from the King certifying her capacity to cure different disorders, &c.  She was sentenced to two years confinement in the House of Correction for this city, and to be kept to hard labour, and afterwards banished the Burgh and liberties for life.  And on the 23d inst. Donald Campbell, residing at Putachyside of Aberdeen, and Margaret Ross, his spouse, who were some time ago banished the Burgh, by the Magistrates, for Harbouring such idle and vagrant persons as the said Janet Douglas, and who had been guilty of harbouring her on the present occasion; along with Helen Ellis, at Backtraps of Aberdeen, a person of notoriously bad character, who was banished from Banff and Peterhead lately, and who at present keeps a house of bad fame, were disposed of as follows, viz., the said Donald Campbell and Margaret Ross, were fined in the sum of £5, and committed to prison till payment, and also banished the Burgh and liberties for the space of Three Years; the cause was continued against the said Helen Ellis.

Masters and Servants

A complaint having been brought before the Justices of Peace of Banffshire, by Mr Ogilvie, farmer at Tillynaught, against William Duncan and James Pirie, his servants, who had refused to do some necessary work after six o'clock (at night), and had soon after deserted their service, the Justices, after considering the complaint, and hearing parties, found that the servants had forfeited their wages from Whitsunday last to the period of desertion (being nearly three months), fined them in £1 15s. sterl. of expences each, besides the expence of extracting; - And were of opinion that it is a very mistaken idea, which has become but too prevalent in the country, that farm servants are not bound to work after six at night - there being no such law in existence; but on the contrary, they are bound to obey the orders of their masters at all hours when he may necessarily require their labours; and the farmer who permits such customs, in order to gain low popularity in the country, is doing a very serious injury to himself, and to the agricultural interest at large.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 24th August 1814.

17 August 2014

Death of David Wilson, apprentice druggist

A young man, of the name of DAVID WILSON, apprentice to Mr ROBERT ROBERTSON, Druggist in this city, died on the 4th instant, in his master's house, after two days' illness.  Two Medical Gentlemen had seen him the day on which he died, who were of opinion that his disease was scarlet fever, accompanied with putrid sore throat; and that these were aggravated by a previous deranged state of health.  Nearly a week after his interment, however, an anonymous letter was sent to a brother of the deceased; the author of which stated, that, in his opinion, D. Wilson's death had been occasioned by poison; and a precognition having been begun before the Magistrates, they, after taking the declarations of the Physicians as to the circumstances attending his death, in order that every satisfaction might be obtained, remitted to them to inspect the body of the deceased, which was accordingly raised for that purpose.  The Medical Gentlemen, in their Report, declared that, after submitting the contents of the stomach to minute chemical tests, and having inspected the state of the stomach, and other viscera of the abdomen and thorax, they found nothing of a deleterious nature in the contents of the stomach; and that the stomach and bowels did not exhibit the smallest appearance of any acrid or poisonous substance having been administered; and concluded their Report with "Representing, in the strongest terms, that as the symptoms attending the illness and death of David Wilson were not such as occur where poison proves fatal, so from the investigation which has taken place, they were fully convinced that he did not die of poison, but partly in consequence of previous disease, and more immediately from the rapid progress of scarlet fever, with putrid sore throat".

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 17th August 1814.

Crovie farm lease

To Let, for such a number of years as may be agreed on,

THE Farm of CROVIE, in the parish of Gamrie, containing about 146 acres; the soil is excellent and early.  It is only about a mile from the sea-port of Gardenstown, and eight from Banff.  There is an excellent Steading of Houses on the Farm; and the Dwellling House would accommodate a genteel family; to be given over on a dead inventory.  It possesses many local advantages, having plenty of sea ware, moss, manure, shell sand, and fisher's dung, within a rig-length of the Farm. - The Farm, and roads upon it, have been greatly improved of late, and is in excellent order, seldom to be met with to an entering tenant.

The incoming tenant may, if he chuses, get the hole Crop and Stocking, as also the Household Furniture, at a fair valuation, and the price to remain in his hands for some years.

James George, the present tenant, will shew the Farm; and offers may be made to him, or Thomas Burnett, Esq. Advocate, Aberdeen, factor on the Estate; and entry may be had at Martinmas or Whitsunday next.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 17th August 1814.

10 August 2014

Joseph Walker: reward


From the Poor's Hospital, Aberdeen, on the 10th July,

JOSEPH WALKER, a Boy about nine years of age. - Description - fair hair; a blue jacket, with a green neck; blue trowsers; gray stockings,and a blue bonnet.  Whoever will bring him, or send word of where he may be found, to Joseph Lefevre, Wig-maker and Hair-dresser, St. Andrew's-street, Aberdeen, will be rewarded for their trouble.

Aberdeen, August 9, 1814.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 10th August 1814.

Reward for detention of Helen Sutherland


WHEREAS a FEMALE CHILD, apparently about six weeks old, was found exposed at Hilton, in the parish of Old Machar, on the morning of Friday the 19th ult, and that there is the strongest reason to suspect, that the said Child belongs to a Woman calling herself HELEN SUTHERLAND, who was discharged from Bridewell, with her Female Child, on the preceding day,


Is hereby offered, to any person who will apprehend and detain the said Helen Sutherland, or give such information respecting her, to Hugh Fullerton, Procurator Fiscal of the County of Aberdeen, as may be the means of seuring and bringing her to justice.

The said Woman is of middle stature; has brown hair, and a red spot or growth upon her right eye-lid; - Had on a coarse blue gown, when she left Bridewell.  She was sent to Bridewell from Old Deer, by a sentence of the Justices; and being a vagrant, it is probable she assumes different names, according as it suits her convenience.

Aberdeen, August 3, 1814.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 3rd August 1814.

3 August 2014


To be Let for such number of years, from Whitsunday 1815, as may be agreed upon:

THE HOUSE and OFFICES of NEWBIGGING, as occupied by Mr WILLIAM DONALDSON, with KITCHEN GARDEN, and such quantity of LAND as may be desired by a Tenant.  The House, which is neat and in good repair, and fit for the accommodation of a small family - is pleasantly situated in the neighbourhood of Stonehaven, commanding a view of the Bay, and surrounding country, and united to the advantages of a rural situation; the conveniences afforded by vicinity to a market town, good schools, and fishing station; excellent sea bathing, and daily Mail and Stage coaches.  The Land not set apart for the accommodation of the Tenant of the House, will be Let in Lots of from 4 to 7 acres each.

Apply to Mr CHRISTIAN, Stonehaven.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 3rd August 1814.