The History of Leith

July 25, 2012

Pitcairn’s ” Criminal Trials

In Pitcairn’s ” Criminal Trials ” we read
in 1624 ” Harie Liston, indweller at the
back of the Pleasance, callit the Bak Row, was
delatit ” for assault and hamesucken on Robert
Young, ” in his pease lands,” beside the Sciennes,
stabbing him, cutting his clothes, and drawing
him by the heels “to ane brick vault in St.
Geillies Grange,” where he died, and was secretly
buried; yet Liston was declared innocent by
that the Court, and “acquit of the slaughter and
murthour.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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