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Criminal East Lothian: documents and objects

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Black Book of Criminalls 1725

Black Book of Criminalls 1725

The Black Book for Recording Criminalls, 1725

The first entry in this book relates the case of our very own vicious strumpet. The book is not full but a disproportionate number of women appear, mostly for fairly minor crimes.

 

 

James Watherstone

James Watherstone

James Watherstone

Watherstone was a young man in Musselburgh charged with theft in 1620. ‘Encouraged’ with the aid of a whip to give up the names of his accomplices, he invented three names, was imprisoned, and bravely (or rashly) escaped by climbing over the prison battlements. He was heavily fined, but apparently not re-imprisoned.

East Lothian Banknote

East Lothian Banknote

East Lothian Bank banknote

Read our article about the bank and criminal banker William Borthwick here.

 

East Lothian banknote detail

 

 

Detail of East Lothian bank banknote – note the typo on the sheaf: ‘East Lotihan’

 

Inspector of Prisons Report, Musselburgh (November, 1847)

Inspector of Prisons Report, Musselburgh

 Inspector of Prisons Report, Musselburgh, November 1837

'Theft of Apples', by Lucy Roscoe

‘Theft of Apples’, by Lucy Roscoe

This extract gives information on young boys who had been imprisoned for stealing fruit.

 

 

 

 

Inspector of Prisons Report, Dunbar

Inspector of Prisons Report, Dunbar

Inspector of Prisons Report, Dunbar, October 1847

This volume is on display in the exhibition showing the rather amusing report for Haddington prison. This is the account for Dunbar Prison. Not particularly complimentary.

 

 

Ormiston police charge book, 1916

Ormiston police charge book, 1916

 Ormiston police charge book, 1916

Handwritten book. Giving name, crime and occupation of criminal. Also notes property they had, the time they were detained and who arrested them. Mentions a large number of deserters during the World Wars.

 

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