Criminal East Lothian: documents and objects
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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.
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.
Read our article about the bank and criminal banker William Borthwick here.
Detail of East Lothian bank banknote – note the typo on the sheaf: ‘East Lotihan’
Inspector of Prisons Report, Musselburgh, November 1837
This extract gives information on young boys who had been imprisoned for stealing fruit.
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
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.