Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin Review
18 February 1853
Nocturnal disturbance in Montrose
The inhabitants of a dwelling here were thrown into a state of consternation one night lately by the continuous ringing of one of the bells connected with the house. It commenced after all the family had retired to rest, and ceased at short intervals, only to be resumed with greater vehemence than before.
19 February 1849
On the 29th January last, Mr Charles Morris, supervisor, and Mr Alexander Smart, officer of excise, and a party of men, found two illicit distilleries at Scrapdale, in the island of Raasay, which contained an enormous quantity of smuggled goods, all of which they seized and destroyed. The refuse or offal found in draff, in caves, and ravines, shows that the practice was not of recent date, but had been carried on for a considerable time. It is right to observe, that the offenders against the law in this case are not persons who are in a destitute state. We have the authority of a Justice of the Peace when we state that there is reason to suppose that the offenders are persons of respectability, and possessed of means to allow them to pursue their illegal practices for a long time without any suspicion.
20 February 1844
Stone coffins found in St Andrews
As the workmen at present employed in clearing out the foundations of the old wall between the Pends and the harbour were proceeding with their operations, they discovered two stone coffins, completely filled with human bones, in a high state of preservation. The coffins appear to have been placed close to the foundation of the wall, which is of a very ancient date; they are of very rude structure, and are about five feet below ground. The workmen expect to discover more as they proceed, which is not improbable. The spot is not far distant from the ancient college and chapel of St Leonard's.
22 February 1900
Failing to educate
Thomas Mackay, fisherman, Embo, was prosecuted before the sheriff at Dornoch on Tuesday last for neglecting to send his two daughters, Maggie, aged 12, and Isabella, aged 10, regularly to school. Mr Moyes, headmaster, appeared as a witness, and produced the school register, from which it appeared that out of 130 openings Isabella attended only 72 times. The compulsory officer testified that he called on the parents several times and got no satisfactory excuse.
On the father being asked what he had to say on his own behalf he stated that he pleaded guilty with regard to his daughter Maggie, but not guilty with regard to Isabella. He produced a media certificate, dated September last, which the sheriff could not accept as an excuse for the girl not attending since then, and said that there was now no excuse for parents keeping their children away from school when they had free education and said that he must just inflict the same penalty on him as he did upon the others, namely, a fine of 10s and 10s of expenses, or to go to prison for 11 days. Fine paid.
22 February 1810
The flax spinning mills at Kirkland, Fife-shire, are now lighted with gas, upon a scale of magnitude, not hitherto equalled in Scotland. The apparatus is capable of producing light, equal to that obtained from the burning of one thousand candles, of six in the pound weight. The bright, steady flame, is entirely divested of smell, and emits nothing that can soil the most delicate white; its effects on the air, therefore, are less insalubrious than those of tallow or oil; while the light of the gas flame is to that of an equal-sized flame of a candle as three to one. The highest praise is due to Messrs Bolton and Watt, for the construction of this splendid apparatus.
24 February 1873
Cost and death of a pauper lunatic
Mrs Elizabeth White, better known as 'Betty Mitchell', died here on the 7th inst, at an advanced age. She became a raging maniac nearly 30 years ago and was sent to an asylum. She never recovered her reason; but having become harmless she was brought home some years back, and boarded with a private family. During her illness her family had moved to Australia where their circumstances improved, so that they could easily have taken her out and supported her. We are not aware they ever enquired for her. The family she resided with got much attached to her, and she was equally so to them. She has cost this parish over £1,000, adding interest yearly on the payments. What would it be with compound interest? This is a burden that government should surely assist poor parishes with.