A Sink of Atrocity: Crime in 19th-Century Dundee

By Malcolm Archibald

Nineteenth-century Dundee used to be a tricky, unforgiving position. for lots of of its voters, it was once the survival of the fittest, and to outlive they grew to become to crime. yet what used to be it relatively like either for the criminals and the law-abiding electorate to reside within the streets and closes of Dundee at the moment? A Sink of Atrocity finds the genuine Dundee of the 19th century and the standard and amazing crimes of the days. in addition to the standard family violence, fights and petty thefts, the Peter Wallace gang plagued town whereas Resurrectionists brought on panic and alarm. there have been additionally notorious murders and an awesome number of crimes by means of ladies, in addition to hugely strange crimes similar to the robbery of a whale at sea. by contrast tidal wave of crime stood males like Patrick Mackay and the city's different Messengers-at-Arms, accountable for apprehending criminals ahead of the appearance of the police. It used to be a tricky task in a difficult urban, however the punishments have been serious because the specialists fought not easy to convey legislations and order to nineteenth-century Dundee.

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The weavers poured down the steps and into the road, leaving Mackay’s celebration to lick their wounds. Mackay was once the most badly damage, with 3 bleeding gashes on his head and one other on his hand. James Lees had a bone-deep reduce on his brow; the solicitor David Ramsay additionally had a minimize on his brow and one other at the most sensible of his head, whereas Mrs Souter was once understandably disappointed via the turmoil in her condominium. notwithstanding, the thrill used to be no longer but whole. nearly once they have been open air, McGavin and his band lower back, hammering on the outdoor door with nice stones because the humans inside of debated what used to be top to do. regardless of Mackay’s recommendation to not allow them to in, Robert Souter opened the door. surprisingly, whilst the weavers lower back the ambience had altered thoroughly. After spending approximately sector of an hour attempting to kick items out of Mackay and his colleagues, now they acknowledged they desired to come to a few type of contract. Lees became them down, yet in line with Mrs Souter, all of the males have been ‘good billies’ – reliable buddies – and Mackay paid for part a mutchkin of whisky. it really is an enticing situation, yet person who is hard to think, on condition that Mackay’s wounds seeped blood for a few hours. while the case got here to courtroom in April 1826, the defence legal professional tried to put the blame on Mackay, however the jury disagreed, and Lord Pitmully presented Taylor 9 months in criminal, with grey and McGavin receiving six months every one. After the excitements of 1825, the subsequent yr used to be relatively quiet for Mackay, yet there have been nonetheless moments of drama. round the time he gave facts approximately his personal attack, Mackay escorted the wife-murderer David Balfour to Perth for the Circuit court docket. whereas others as a result of stand trial travelled by means of the steam packet, Mackay took Balfour in a chaise, passing crowds of people that had come to monitor him cross. consequently, the group have been filled with sympathy, for they knew Balfour have been sorely validated prior to he killed his spouse. That yr Mackay additionally arrested Mrs Swan, an aged midwife charged with supporting with an abortion, and he had a fascinating episode within the Nethergate. The police have been observing John Robertson, whose residence was once infamous for the disreputable crowd that amassed there, yet they didn't have sufficient evidence to arrest him. Then in early December of 1826 there has been a theft in Auchtermuchty in Fife and a guy named Robert Anderson was once arrested and put within the reformatory in Cupar. Anderson pointed out Robertson’s identify to Inglis, the neighborhood jailer, who in flip got here to Dundee and approached Mackay. Mackay and Inglis searched Robertson’s condo very completely, with Robertson observing, understanding that prior searches through the police had chanced on not anything. This time, notwithstanding, Mackay used to be at the activity. He discovered a mystery cabinet, filled with watches, silk handkerchiefs and different transportable valuables. whilst he observed his hoard used to be found, Robertson made a fast sprint to climb out the window, yet he was once stopped, and with his spouse, Elizabeth, and a undeniable David Walker, was once escorted to Dundee prison.

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