Glasgow Evening Citizen
4 March 1880
The inquiry concerning the Tay Bridge disaster, which was being held at Dundee, was closed yesterday. Several witnesses in the employment of the railway company gave evidence as to the velocity of trains crossing the bridge, and were unanimous in stating that the regulation speed was never exceeded. Witnesses for the Board of Trade alleged that while engaged puttying up holes in the columns, on the approach of any of the chief engineers, they were in the habit of throwing a sack over the place until he had passed.
5 March 1850
One 'a-weary of this world'
Some amusement was caused in Portsoy the other day by a well-known character, usually yeleped 'Dick', in a fit of delirium from inebriety, avowing his determination of evincing his filial piety by entombing himself beside the ashes of his deceased maternal parent. Bent on accomplishing his purpose, Dick, accompanied by a pretty numerous procession, though not of 'weeping mourners', proceeded to the burying-ground, divested himself of his garments, and commenced vigorously to prepare for himself a 'narrow house'. It was not without difficulty that he was persuaded to don his vestments, and desist from his purpose.
8 March 1844
The severe snowstorm which commenced here on Friday seems to have prevailed over the whole island, but more particularly in the north, where the fall of snow has been excessive. Indeed, it is believed there has been no such storm since 1823. We regret to state that the disasters at sea have been exceedingly lamentable. In many parts of the country the roads have been completely blocked up, and communication between different district quite interrupted. On Sunday many of the churches in Fifeshire, Perthshire and Forfarshire, were unopened, the people not being able to get forward to them. A change for the better, however, has now taken place.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
9 March 1901
At the Burgh Court on Thursday – before Bailie O'Neill – William John Welsh, son of John Welsh and James Miller, son of John Miller, both young lads residing in Manse Street, were charged with maliciously destroying the brick wall which encloses Drumpellier Ironworks on Tuesday 26 February, the damage done amounting to something like £5. From the evidence led it appeared that the wall referred to had been partly blown down by the storm some weeks ago, when two boys were killed, one being a brother of the accused Welsh. The boys were said to have knocked down between 40 and 50 feet of the brick. The magistrate pointed out to the mothers that it was not only dangerous to the boys themselves, but it was also a serious loss to the proprietors. The mothers both promised to see that their boys were kept back from the wall in future, and the magistrate continued the case till 6 June to see how the lads behaved in the interval.
9 March 1870
Action for slander
In the Sheriff Small Debt Court yesterday – before Sheriff Smith – James Thomson, painter, Dundee, raised an action against James Doctor, for his wife having slandered the pursuer, by stating that he stole a shawl. Damages were laid at £5. The action it seemed arose out of events that took place in April or May 1867. The pursuer had found a shawl somewhere, which he had twice advertised in the newspapers, and nobody claiming it, it had remained in his possession. Mrs Doctor, it was said, had given currency to a report that the shawl had been stolen. Mrs Doctor stated in court that she received the report from a woman now dead, and she expressed her sorrow for having mentioned the matter to anyone. The Sheriff, after stating that if the case was to have been brought up at all it would have been better to have done so sooner, found defender liable in 1s of damages, and also in expenses.