History of Leith, Edinburgh

Archive for 2014

Broadside entitled ‘Execution’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

A Full, Authentic, and Particular Account of the Execution of PETER HAEMAN and FRANCOIS GAUTIEZ, who were Hanged, within Flood-mark, at Leith, on Wednesday the 9th January, 1822, for the Piratical seizure of the Schooner Jane of Gibraltar, on her voyage to the Brazils, and for the Barbarous Murder of Thomas Johnston, master, and James Paterson, seaman, whose bodies were afterwards delivered at Edinburgh to be Dissected ; together with their behaviour from the Jail to, and at, the place of Execution. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Sale of a Wife’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

This report begins: ‘A full and particular Account of the Sale of a Woman, named Mary Mackintosh, which took place on Wednesday Evening, the 16th of July, 1828, in the Grass Market of Edinburgh, accused by her Husband of being a notorious Drunkard; with the Particulars of the bloody Battle which took place afterwards.’ It was printed by W. Boag of Newcastle, and probably sold for one penny. for more click here

Historic Views

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A photo-blog of Historic places in Scotland. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Murder, &c.’, Musselburgh Links

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This broadside report begins: ‘A full true and particular Account of the Murder of a child at Musselburgh, yesterday morning, and of the apprehension of a woman who had left the Edinburgh City Workhouse the day before, and of her examination before the magistrates . . .’ Below this prologue, is the introduction to a story about the loss of a packet ship called ‘Boston’, which was struck by lightning and sunk with all hands. Although the date of publication and name of the publisher are not included, the story was sourced from ‘The Courant’ newspaper – probably the Edinburgh Courant, published 1855-1859. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Minerva of Leith!’

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This report begins: ‘A Full and Particular Account of the Loss of the Brig Minerva of Leith, belonging to Messrs Stenhouse, bound from Dublin to Glasgow, with Grain, which violently Struck on the Horse Island, off Ardrossan, Ayrshire, on Tuesday Morning, 18th December 1821’. This account was sourced from the ‘Ayr Advertiser’. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘A Leith Smack Lost’

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This report begins: ‘A Full and Particular Account of the COMET, a fine Smack belonging to the London and Edinburgh Shipping Company of Leith, on her passage from London, on the morning of Tuesday last, on Yarmouth Sands; with the Wonderful preservation of the Passengers and Crew, and their astonishing Sufferings and extraordinary escape, when the Vessel sunk in deep water.’ A woodcut of a sailing ship adorns the top of the sheet. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Fire’

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This report begins: ‘An account of that dreadful and destructive Fire that took place in Leith this morning, when the entensive Steam Mills on the Shore were burned to the ground, besides a number of houses and property amounting to about £30,000, besides a number of persons severely hurt. The particulars correctly given by an eye witness.’ Printed by Forbes & Co., Printers, Edinburgh. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Dreadful Accident at Edinburgh’

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This report begins: ‘Account of the dreadful accident which took place on Saturday at Picardy Place Edinburgh, at the sale of Lord Eldin’s splendid collection of pictures, when the floor of the Auction Room gave way, and 150 Persons were buried in the ruins.’ for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Fatal Duel’

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This report of a duel begins: ‘Just published, an Account of that Melancholy and Fatal DUEL, that took place between the Right Honourable the Earl of Eglinton and Captain Gorbon, concerning a Lady of high respectibility, when dreadful to relate his Lordship was shot though the heart.’ The story was sourced from the ‘Greenock Intelligencer’. The broadside also contains an account of a ‘Libel for Sedition’. It was published by Ale(xa)nder Dunbar of Edinburgh, and is not dated. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Hue and Cry, Atrocious Murder and Robbery’

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

AT Five o’clock this Evening WILLIAM BEGBIE, Porter to the British Linen Company at Leith, was Stabbed and Murdered in Tweedale’s Close, leading to the British Linen Company’s Office at Edinburgh, and Robbed of a Sealed Parcel, in a Yellow Canvas Bag, containing the following particulars, viz. for more click here

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