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Glasgow Herald 1866

Readers should be aware that in 1866 most working poor lived hand-to-mouth with little or no credit to their name. Being brought to the Criminal Court and being fined for disorderly conduct meant almost certainly, that they would do prison time since they could not afford the fine. This in turn meant the breadwinner of the family was in jail for two weeks and could not earn or provide for his family, so the jail time if fully served meant starvation for the family. The average labourers wages in 1866 was about 24s or one pound per year.

Paisley Police Court Tuesday

(Before Baillie Caldwell)
James Brunker, clerk, was remitted to the Sheriff, on a charge of embezzling about £54, the property of Henry Steel Forbes, a tailor and clothier, High Street, his employer, between the 1st May 1865 and the 10th inst.

Lanark Sheriff Criminal Court - Before Mr Sheriff Dyce on Monday.

William Wilson, George Wilson and Robert Wilson, miners, Carluke, were charged with having, on 29th January last, committed an assault upon the persons of Arthur Hil and Joseph Hill, miners, Carluke, within the ironstone pit situated on the lands of Wilton, in seizing them and drawing them about and in pushing an empty hutch against them. They severally pled not guilty, but were convicted and fined, in 21s or 21 days imprisonment.

- James Gibson, miner and William Gibson junior, timekeeper, Braidwood, were charged with a breach of the peace and malicious mischief, committed near the Braidwood station of the Caledonian Railway on the night of the 10th or morning of 11th February. They both denied the malicious mischief but pled guilty to having created a disturbance as libelled and were fined in 15s or undergo 12 days imprisonment.

- Helen Mason or Jamieson, wife of Alexander Jamieson, miner, Castlehill Toll, Carluke was charged with assault and breach of the peace having been committed on 24th January near Castlehill Toll aforesaid in attacking Margaret Hill or Russell and throwing a quantity of water upon her person and also in conducting herself riotously  and outrageously and using threatening language and creating a disturbance. On proof being led she was fined in 10s or 12 days imprisonment and Alexander Jamieson and Thomas Connor, miners, Castlehill Toll aforesaid having also been engaged in said disturbance were fined in 10s or 12 days

- Thomas Russell, flesher, Carnwath and John Jaques, constable in the Lanarkshire Police, committed on the 8th February, near the farm of Hillend in the parish of Biggar, in quarelling and fighting with each other and uttering loud and violent language and of a previous conviction against the said Thomas Russell.  They pled not guilty but were convicted and fined 15s or 15 days imprisonment

- Robert Anderson, miner,  Thorn, Carluke and David Edgar , miner, Carluke pled guilty to having committed a breach of the peace on the night of the 3rd or morning of 4th February in the High Street in Carluke in conducting themselves riotously and disorderly and uttering oaths and imprecations and were fined in 21s or 10 days imprisonment.

- Margaret Smellie or Wilson wife of Archibald Wilson  residing in Carluke was accused of breach of the peace, aggravated by previous conviction in having,within a house in Carluke occupied by Bernard Connoly, miner, residing there in conducting herself outrageously and disorderly and in shouting and making a great noise , and refusing to quit the said house and was fined 10s or 12 days imprisonment.


A report has been freely circulated here for the past two days of a base and heartless proceeding on the part of a blacksmith belonging to Glasgow. It appeears as the tale is told of the daughter of a gardener in Hamilton and recently in service in Glasgow, who met and married the man who declared himself single. The day of the marriage arrived and everything passed off well and the honeymoon, "as merry as a marriage bell" till Saturday night when the man having spent about 30 hours in his wifes company, expressed a desire to step outside for a short time in the open air. However time passed without any sign of his return. Next day with the greatest anxiety the bride made enquiries with no tidings of his whereabouts. Time wore on and still more despondency and anxiety for his young wife as she set off for Glasgow. After a good deal of knocking doors she at last succeeded in finding the callous-hearted fellow sitting by the fireside reading a newspaper in company with another woman and three children, but the greatest trial was yet in store for her feelings.   He was challenged for his........(please turn to the Glasgow Herald back page).

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