History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 25, 2013

Graverobbing

22nd July 1742.—This day George Car-kettle, grave-maker gave in a complaint against Robert Henderson, Custom House Porter in Leith and his Spouse bearing that upon the July instant, about 8 of the clock at night they came upon him in a furious manner and most basely abused and calumniate him alledging and affirming that he had sold and disposed of the corpse of their child which was buried about 3 weeks before and almost raised a mob and tumult upon him to the danger of his life and thereafter they broke into the Churchyard and at their own hand digged up the grave where their child was buried and opened up the coffin and found the corpse therein, Appoints the sd Robert Henderson and his Spouse to be cited to next Diet.

source-South Leith Records

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