Glasgow Evening Post
3 December 1895
A club has been started in a Clydeside burgh with the queer name of the 'Skeleton Club.' It has nothing to do with physiology or the inspection of family cupboards, but will be devoted to the study of English literature in set periods. Just now the few select members have started on the early Elizabethan dramatists, some of whom, by the way, had skeletons at their feasts. Speaking of queer names for local clubs, there is one down Old Kilpatrick way with a name for which the fire of Tophet is a mild euphemism; and there existed, or perhaps still exists, in Govan a band of bright youths known as the 'Pelicans'.
Edinburgh Evening News
3 December 1878
A shebeening case
A young woman, named Margaret Lawson, was charged at the City Police Court with having sold ale or beer to a gentleman in her house in Rose Street, without having obtained a license entitling her to do so. She pleaded not guilty. A man who was put into the witness-box said he went into the prisoner's house along with a cabman on Friday night. The prisoner asked him to stand treat, and he gave her 5s, for which she produced three or four bottles of ale. He got part of the ale, the remainder being drunk by his friend, the prisoner, and several women who were in the house. A table was overturned and a bottle broken. The prisoner blamed him for it and wanted him to pay for it, but he refused. Shortly after, one of the women robbed him of 5s, and he went and told the police. The magistrate found the charge proven, and sentenced the prisoner to pay a fine of £7, with the alternative of six weeks in prison.
6 December 1866
Storing of gunpowder
In satisfactory response to their recent petition against the storing of gunpowder in Edinburgh Castle and Leith Fort, the Chamber of Commerce have been informed that the matter has already been under the consideration of General Peel, and that he has ordered a board of officers to report on the eligibility of Blackness Castle for a powder magazine – with the view to the removal thither, after the construction of a proper building, of the dangerous stores that now cause so much natural anxiety to our citizens.
6 December 1866
Harry Clifton's concert on Thursday night last was one of the most successful entertainments we have had in Selkirk for a very long time. The room was crowded to inconvenience; but the somewhat uncomfortable position in which not a few had to remain for fully two hours, appeared for the time to be lost sight of in the pleasure afforded by Mr Clifton and the two ladies (Miss Kinnaird and Miss Edwards) by whom he was accompanied. This was Mr Clifton's first appearance here, and we should say that he has left an impression behind him that will secure to him a hearty welcome back again, should he again think of coming before a Selkirk audience.
[Harry Clifton died in 1872 at the age of 40. One of his obituaries stated that his songs had become so popular, '...they are whistled by every street-boy, played by every barrel organ and sung in every town and hamlet in the United Kingdom.']
Aberdeen Evening Express
8 December 1888
Gallant rescue by the Marquis of Breadalbane
On Thursday afternoon an alarming boat accident occurred on the River Tay, within the policies of Taymouth Castle, whereby two men narrowly escaped being drowned. A party of gentlemen, including the Marquis of Breadalbane, were out pheasant shooting, and two men, named Jamieson and McLean, went over in a small boat to an island below the bridge at Newhall for the purpose of acting as beaters. The river being in a flooded state and the current running rapidly, a rope was attached to the boat, but it somehow became entangled and swamped the boat, precipitating both men into the water. Jamieson, being an expert swimmer, had considerable difficulty owing to the strength of the current in gaining the shore. McLean, who was unable to swim, was carried down stream about 100 yards ere rescued.
Immediately that the boat capsized, the Marquis stripped off his cartridge belt and rushed into the river, as did also Mr Robson, the head keeper, to McLean's assistance. They were, however, unsuccessful, and both had a narrow escape. The Marquis on gaining the bank ran quickly down the river side, where he again plunged in, and after a severe struggle succeeded in catching McLean, with whom he swam ashore. McLean was in a very exhausted state, and was at once conveyed to Taymouth Castle, where stimulants were administered, and he had so far recovered in the evening that he was able to be removed in one of the Taymouth carriages to his home.
The brave conduct of the Marquis is beyond mere praise, as it was doubtless to his lordship's persistent daring and coolness that McLean escaped a watery grave. The boat was carried off, and has not yet been recovered.