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[LAW]. CATHCART, David, Lord Alloway.
LIST OF CASES FOR TRIAL AT THE GLASGOW SPRING CIRCUIT.
[Glasgow], 1828. A specially bound volume prepared for one of the two Judges sitting for the Glasgow Spring Circuit of 1828. This was an unusual circuit in a fetid atmosphere in 93 hours over eight days from the 16th to 23rd April 1828, 78 cases and 115 defendants were put on trial then constituting the greatest number of cases brought at one time in a Scottish court. The number of cases being so unusual the indictments for each trial were bound together with a printed summary list acting as contents for the judge to use as the trials took place. Each of the cases was given a number and tabs affixed to each for easy reference. There were two judges, David Boyle, the Lord Justice Clerk and David Cathart, Lord Alloway, and probably each had a similar volume laid before them on the bench, this being the latter's copy, annotated by him in a rather brusk manner. Ink margin notes, crosses and under linings are really aid de memoirs as each of the trials were heard - not it might be added in number order but as each of the cases became ready. In one case the felons escaped custody and were returned to prison before the end of the circuit. The majority were sent for transportation to Australia. The two lords arrived from Inveraray on Monday 14th 1858 and stayed at Walker's Hotel and proceeded to the Glasgow Court House on the following morning at quarter past ten and after a 'suitable and impressive prayer' by Principle McFarlan, the court set to work. The first case was George Doughertie a dyer and coal carter who muslin 'Taking Goods from Cart denies it in Declaration - 14 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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