The History of Leith

Author Archive

Broadside entitled ‘Horrid Depravity!’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

A melancholy Account of the Death of two Children, who were poisoned by a Man who went about selling Candy, at Portobello, near Edinburgh, on Tuesday last, in whose Possession was found valuable Articles, which he obtained from the Children in exchange for his Candy. for more click here

Broadside ballad concerning the execution of Captain Thomas Green for piracy and murder

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Last farewell to the OCEAN and all the World, who was Execute with two more of his Crew at Leith within the Flood-Mark II April 1705, for Piracie and Murder. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Mutiny & murder aboard the transport Hope’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

An ACCOUNT of the Dreadful MUTINY that toon place on hoard the Conviek Transport Hope having on board 291 Female convicts many of whom belonged to Edinburgh, Leith Glasgow. &c, &c, &c when most Shocking to relete. IT seanmen,and 39 convets were.killed and wounded during the fight, as detail d in a Letter from JAMES MAITLAND, one of the Seamen belonging to LEITH. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘An Account of the Horrid and Barbarous Murder of Helen M’Dougal’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Wife of the Miscreant BURKE, who was Strangled to Death by a number of Women at Deanstone Mills about a mile from Doun near Perth. for more click here

Broadside concerning the execution of William Burke

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

An account of the Last Moments and Execution of William Burke, at Edinburgh, for the west Port Murders. for more click here

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

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