Whisky, Wars, Riots and Murder: Crime in the 19th Century Highlands and Islands
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Although the nineteenth-century elite looked on the Highlands and Islands as a sporting paradise, for the indigenous population it was a turbulent place. Even the Hebridean seas had their dangers while the islands seethed with discontent. This title reveals the reality behind the facade of romantic tartan and vast estates.
Lecht. She managed to reach the nearest farmhouse, and the farmer took her home and alerted the resident policeman at Corgarff. Constable Paterson was not used to serious crime so this was an opportunity to show his skills. He mounted his horse and urged it up the Lecht to search for the attacker. He saw nobody suspicious as he rode, so dropped into Tomintoul to ask the resident policeman for his assistance. The Tomintoul constable put his local knowledge to good use and suggested they call at a
Special Constables to escort carts to the Shore to load grain. By that time the people had taken an open boat and moored it across the entrance to the river so that the grain ship could not leave. The Specials moved the boat away and marched beside the grain carts, as a crowd of women and boys gathered at the Braehead and voiced their displeasure. The prospect of possible starvation angered the crowd so they began to throw stones and abuse. The sheriff tried to talk them into submission but when
tailor friend called Thomas Young. It was a perfect west coast summer day with the sea flat calm and few clouds to mar the blue of the sky. For an artist who specialised in the play of light and shade on maritime subjects, it would be a dream of a day. They watched as the steamer Meteor came out of the harbour. McTaggart’s boat was at anchor near the entrance to the loch, but as there was plenty space at their side and a fishing boat about thirty yards away, they felt no alarm when the steamer
Highlands and Islands had more than their share of murders, some of which were soon forgotten, but others which were talking points the length and breadth of the country and still have the ability to intrigue today. Death of a Soldier The nineteenth century began with war as Britain faced the military muscle of Revolutionary France. Most eighteenth-century wars had been fought by professionals with the only civilians directly involved being seamen, merchants or those unfortunate enough to be on
‘Murder’ resounded through the hotel, and again ‘Murder.’ Rather than go and investigate, the hotel manager called for the police and Constable James Fraser came to investigate. He entered Grainger’s room but before he could do anything Grainger slipped the knife down his sleeve and stabbed him low in the belly, hard and fast. More police arrived and arrested Grainger. Fraser died two days later. The police took Grainger to a cell in the police station but he was unable to understand why he was