History of Leith, Edinburgh

March 27, 2006

A full, true, and particular account of the trial and condemnation of Wilson Potts

A full, true, and particular account of the trial and condemnation of Wilson Potts, late Captain of the Dreadnought Privateer, belonging to Newcastle, who was sentenced to be hanged at the Stood Mark, near Leith, on Wednesday the 13th of February next. [Edinburgh, 1712 or 1723?]

An unrecorded broadside, consisting of two columns of text printed on one side only, with a woodcut of a ship at the top. Captain Potts was tried in Edinburgh for rape, theft, robbery and piracy; in particular, he was accused of having kidnapped a woman from the Faeroe Islands. Most of the charges were not proven, but he was convicted of piracy and sentenced to be hanged at the Stood Mark, ‘a rock about two miles in the sea’. No year is given but it appears to be an early eighteenth-century printing. February 13th fell on a Wednesday in 1712 and 1723.

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