The History of Leith

July 31, 2012

Walter Graham, a workman at Salisbury Craigs

In 1763 a robbery occurred again. The
Edinburgh Museum for that year records that
on the night of the 11th November the post-boy
who left the General Post Office was attacked at
Jock’s Lodge by a man who knocked him off his
horse, mounted it, and rode off with the mail-bags.
On recovering, the boy went to the house of Lord
Elliock, at Jock’s Lodge, and went in pursuit with
some of the senator’s servants, who found the
robber in a ditch that bordered a field, cutting up
the bags and opening the letters. He was secured
and taken to the house of Lord Elliock, who communicated
with the authorities, and the man was
brought by the city guard to the Tolbooth, when
he was discovered to be Walter Graham, a workman
at Salisbury Craigs, who had been sentenced
to death for housebreaking in 1758, but been pardoned
on condition of transportation for life.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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