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the Solicitor-General, and A. Clephane, Esq. For the pannels, F. Jeffrey, and H. Cockburn, Esqrs.
On Thursday, 16th March, the court proceeded to the trial of George Paterson, accused of housebreaking and theft, by several times entering, by violent means, some soap works at South Queensferry, and feloniously and wickedly carrying off several parcels of soap, belonging to the proprietors of said works, aggravated by his being a servant in said works The pannel pleaded guilty to the crimes libelled, and the Solicitor-general stated, that in consequence of some circumstances, he was induced to restrict the libel to an arbitrary punishment. The court pronounced the usual interlocutor on the relevancy of the charge, and a jury being impannelled, he adhered, in their presence, to his former judicial confession; and, in consequence of this, they, without a moment's hesitation, found him guilty on his own confession, and sentenced to fourteen years transportation.
On Monday, the 20th of March, came on the trial of Duncan Hunter, lately clerk to Messrs. Mackechnie and Mann, writers in Glasgow, and William Leonard Swan, writer there, accused of theft, fraud, and forgery. The circumstances of the case are shortly these:-On Friday the 17th June last, a letter arrived at the post office, Glasgow, from Demerary, addressed to "Mr Alexander Mann, Glasgow," containing a bill of exchange for £.100 sterling, which was put by Thomas Minto, one of the Glasgow letter-carriers, into the box at the door of Messrs Mackechnie and Mann, writers in Melville-place, Glasgow. The pannels were charged with taking said letter from the box, opening it, and abstracting the said bill of exchange, and thereafter, on the 22d of June, forging, or causing to be forged, the indorsation of Alexander Mann, and presenting it at the Royal Bank, Glasgow, and then at the Ship Bank, in consequence of the Royal Bank deelining to discount it that day, where the whole nefarious plan was discovered, and Hunter and Swan was apprehended in consequence. The pannels pleaded not guilty, and a long proof was led. The jury, without leaving the box, returned a verdict, finding Swan not guilty of the theft libelled, and the rest of the libel as to him not proven; and finding the libel as to the other pannel Duncan Hunter not proven; whereupon both pannels were, after a suitable admonition from the Lord Justice-Clerk, as to their future conduct, assoilzied, and dismissed from the bar.
Counsel for the Crown, the Lord Advo cate and Andrew Clephane, Esq.-Agent, Mr H. Warrender-For the pannels, Fran
cis Jeffrey and John Jardine, Esqrs. Agent Mr Daniel Fisher, writer, Edinburgh.
Thursday, the 23d of March, came on the trial of Archibald Paterson and Alexander Marr, accused of two several acts of theft, one accompanied with housebreaking. The indictment charged both the pannels (as having been employed to load and unload the carts of Thomas Jackson, carrier betwixt Leith and Glasgow,) with having stolen from the warehouse, situate in Bernard Street, Leith, on the 23d day of December last, a piece or web of woollen cloth, of a dark colour, the property of Mr Patrick Ewan, merchant in Glasgow; and, 2dly, The libel charged the said Alexander Marr, with having, on the night of the said 23d December, broken open the door of the warehouse with an iron crow, or other instrument, and of having stolen therefrom a truss, or parcel, containing cloth, the property of Robert Lang, merchant in Greenock.
The pannels having been interrogated as to their guilt, Paterson pleaded guilty, and Marr guilty of the first charge. The Lord Advocate declined leading any evidence against the pannel Marr, as to the second charge, which includes the crime of housebreaking, and agreed merely to take a verdict on the first charge of theft only, thus doing away the capital part of the indictment. The pannels having adhered to their pleas in presence of the jury, they returned a verdict of guilty accordingly.
The Court having been of opinion, that the punishment of transportation was as lenient a one as in this case could be pronounced, the Lord Justice Clerk addressed the pannels, pointing out to them the heinous nature of the crime they had committed, in thus appropriating property to their own use which was under their especial care and protection, and for which they were earning and receiving wages from the person who employed them. That it was necessary a proper example should be made; and taking the whole circumstances into consideration, the Court felt themselves bound to award a sentence of transportation against them. The Court ad made the period as short as circumstances would permit, in the earnest hope that the pannels would, by their future good conduct, redeem their characters, and return again to their friends and country. After exhorting the pannels as to their future conduct, his Lordship pronounced sentence upon them, ordaining them to be transported beyond seas for the term of seven years.
MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. Greenock, March 17.—We have this day to record an accident of a most singular
kind, which happened in this neighbourhood on Wednesday afternoon, about five o'clock. Owing to the heavy and unremitting rains which prevailed during the day, aided by the previous rainy weather, a large reservoir, situated on the hill south-east of the town, in which an immense body of water is suffered to accumulate for the purpose of insuring a regular supply to the grain mills, occupied by Messrs Bryce, burst its banks, and descended in a torrent for about a mile, through its usual course, and emptied itself into a second and smaller lodgement formed immediately adjacent to the mills. The embankment here for a short time resisted its pressure, and the accumulating water rolled over it, but at last the torrent forced every thing before it, and spreading in its descent, almost instantaneously flooded a large part of Cartsdyke, sweeping away several small houses, and threatening a general devastation. Most providentially the occurrence took place during day-light, otherwise a number of lives must have been lost, the calamity being so unexpected, and the deluge so extensive. Happily the injury was confined, in a great measure, to that of which we have collected the following particulars:
The water forced the doors or windows of almost every lower flat, and besides the small houses already noticed, which were carried off with all their contents, several new buildings going on at the time, and nearly finished, were partially swept away, or so much damaged, that it will be necessary to pull part of them down. Mr Macfarlane, skinner, suffered severely; his working shed, materials, and a large stock of skins, &c. were completely carried off. Mr Thomson, tanner, has likewise sustain. ed considerable loss, as has Mr Simmons, harbour-master. Mrs Brown, head of Stan. ners, had a small house carried off, and a quantity of meal and grocery goods damaged; a young woman, her daughter, was carried from her door to the foot of the street, a distance of 300 yards, before she could be rescued, and is very much hurt. Another woman, living near the same place, escaped out of her own house, and endeavoured to reach a place of safety, but a seaman's chest, which was rapidly floating down the current, struck her leg, and snap. ped it in two. Charles Lusk, joiner, was standing in his own house, when the half in which he was in parted from the other; he was much damaged by the roof falling in, and some time elapsed before he could be rescued from his perilous situation. Many other disasters occurred, of which, from the confusion and distress that prevailed, no note could be taken. A great
number of families have suffered, more or less, in their furniture, bedding, &c.
The report of an intention on the part of Government to afford assistance towards the finishing the University of Edinburgh is, we are happy to say, confirmed; £. 10,000 per annum is to be granted till it be finished; and we are informed that authority has been sent down to draw immediately for the first quarter's instalment.
In the House of Commons, on the 10th March, Mr Finlay presented a bill for making and maintaining a Navigable Canal from Gilmour Place, near the city of Edinburgh, to join the Forth and Clyde Navigation, near Falkirk, in the county of Stirling, with a collateral cut from Gilmour Place, to Grindlay's Parks, near the said city; and for making and maintaining a Railway from the said Canal, near the farm house of Auldcathy, in the parish of Dalmeny, to the burgh of Queensferry, both in the county of Linlithgow; and the same was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time.
In a Committee of the House of Commons, on the Scots jury bill, it was resolved, that out of the duties and revenues in Scotland chargeable with the fees, salaries, &c. in the Courts of Session, Justiciary, and Exchequer, there be issued £. 7000, out of which there shall be paid to the Chief Commissioner of the Jury Court such sum yearly, in addition to the salary which he may receive as a Senator of the College of Justice, or a Lord Commissioner of the Court of Justiciary, or a Baron of the Court of Exchequer, as will make his salary equal to the full salary of the Lord Justice Clerk: and also £. 600 yearly to each of the other Commissioners, in addition to the salaries which they receive as Senators of the College of Justice, or Commissioners of the Court of Justiciary, or Barons of the Court of Exchequer; and £, 2400, in payment of the salaries of Clerks and other Officers of the Jury Court; and that the remainder of the said sum of £.7000, or 30 much thereof as shall be requisite, be applied in defray. ing the expences attending said Court and Circuit thereof; and any surplus which may remain, after defraying the same, shall form part of the duties and revenues aforesaid; and shall be accounted for as such before the said Barons of Exchequer.
A fine skeleton of an elephant has been sent home from Bengal to Dr Barclay, which forms a valuable addition to his museum.
Greenock and Port-Glasgow are declared, by an order of Council, fit and proper places for the importation and deposit of goods from India.
Friday the 10th of March the battle between Molineux and Cooper, with which the fistic amateurs of the neighbourhood had promised to treat the nobility of the metropolis of the North, took place, at a convenient spot on the verge of the county, near Little Vantage. At an early hour crowds of people, on foot and horseback, in hackney coaches, chariots, and coaches in four, were observed crowding to the south-west, and about twelve o'clock the fight began. At first, Molineux seemed to expect to carry the day by his enormous weight and strength, and at the second round broke in upon Cooper, and planted right and left hand blows upon his head and body. Cooper being now aware of his mode of fighting, superior science soon prevailed, and, after a short fight, he gave the black a severe drubbing, breaking two of his ribs, and it is said his jaw-bone. Cooper was quite fresh after the engagement.
On the 16th of March, the Reverend Mr Grey, of the West Church Chapel of Ease, delivered an excellent and appropriate discourse in St George's Church, Charlotte Square, to a genteel and crowded audience, for that most useful national institution, the Lunatic Asylum of Edinburgh. Mr Grey took his text from Job xxxii. 8."There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."-A beautiful anthem was admirably sung after divine service, by Messrs Swift, Lees, and Gale. A very liberal collection, amounting to upwards of one hundred and thirty pounds, was received.
On the 20th of March the celebrated Mr Kean, of Drury Lane Theatre, made his first appearance at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, in the character of Richard III. We hear, that he displayed a fine conception of the part; but his want of voice is a great impediment to his performance of the passionate scenes; in other parts he was more successful, and in the interview in which he courts the affection of Lady Ann, it is said, that his sly insinuating address completely relieved the scene from the ridicule with which it has always been hitherto received by the audience. He received £.100 each night for six nights, and the same sum for four nights at Newcastle, and four at Liverpool.
neral of Bombay; Robertson Scott, and James Glassford, Esqrs.
The following Gentlemen are elected office-bearers of the Juridical Society, viz.
Duncan M'Neill, Esq. William Menzies, Esq. John Hamilton, Esq.-Presidents.
Hamilton Pyper, Esq.-Sec. & Treasurer. The University and King's College, Aberdeen, have conferred the degree of Doctor in Divinity on the Rev. Lewis Gordon, minister of Drainy.
On the 8th of March Mr James Bow, preacher of the gospel, was ordained to the pastoral charge of the relief congregation, Paul's Chapel, Perth.
On Thursday the 23d March, Mr David Armstrong, preacher of the gospel, was ordained to the pastoral charge of the Reformed Presbyterian congregation of Glasgow. BRITISH LINEN COMPANY.
Ordinary Directors.John Campbell, Rec. Gen. William Ramsay. James Dundas. Alex. Charles Selkrig. Hugh Warrender. Bonar. Alexander Duncan. James Bruce. James Ferrier.
Extraordinary Directors.-Robert Allan. Henry Erskine. Peter Free. Sir George Buchan Hepburn, Bart. Henry Glassford. J. Corse Scott. Robert Scott Moncrieff. James Hopkirk. John Tawse.
BANK OF SCOTLAND.
Governor.-The Right Hon. Robert, Lord Viscount Melville. Deputy-Governor.-Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, Esq.
Ordinary Directors.-Robert Wilson, Esq. accountant, Edinburgh. Robert Dundas, Esq. W. S. John Irving, Esq. W. S. Andrew Bonar, Esq. banker, Edinburgh. John Dundas, Esq. W. S. James Donaldson, Esq. printer, Edinburgh. James Hope, Esq. W. S. Peter Wood, Esq. merchant, Leith. James Walker, Esq. one of the Principal Clerks of Session. The Right Hon. Sir John Marjoribanks, Bart. M. P. Lord
Lord Provost of Edinburgh. James Thom.
Extraordinary Directors.-His Grace Jas.
[From the London Gazette.]
Carleton-House, Feb. 23.-This day, the Prince Regent invested the Right Honourable Thomas Lord Erskine, with the ensigns of the Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Thistle.
The honour of Knighthood conferred on Dr Arthur Brooke Faulkner, physician to the forces,-John Hawker English, Esq. Knight of the Royal Swedish Order of Gustavus Vasa-and on Lieut.-Colonel Henry Pym, a commander of the Royal Portu. guese Military Order of the Tower and Sword.
Feb. 24. At Tarvit-house, Mrs Home
At Bath, the Lady of General Francis
28. At Erskine House, the Right Honourable Lady Blantyre, a daughter.
At Enterkine, Ayrshire, the Lady of Robert Cunynghame, Esq. a daughter. March 1. At Edinburgh, Mrs Cormack, of Stow Manse, a son.
2. In George Street, Mrs Maclean, younger of Coll, a daughter.
Mrs Joseph Bell, St Andrew's Square,
Feb. 27.-Permission granted for Lieut.Colonel Alexander Macdonald, of the Royal horse artillery, to wear the insignia of the Imperial Russian Order of St Anne, 2d class; and for Captain George Macleod of the 35th foot, to wear the insignia of the Imperial Russian Order of St Wladimir, 4th class, conferred on them by the Emperor of Russia, for their distinguished services during the siege of Dantzig.
March 17.-This day the Right Hon. William Adam, one of the Barons of Exchequer in Scotland, was sworn of his Majesty's Privy Council.
4. At Southfod, Mrs Stenhouse, younger of Southfod, a daughter.
At Dumfries, the Lady of Frederick Colquhoun, Esq. a daughter.
5. At Ensham House, Dorset, the Lady of Lieutenant-General Monro, a daughter. 6. Mrs Joseph Gordon, a son,
8. At St Andrew's, Mrs Ferrie, a son.
Mrs Dunbar, 59, South Bridge Street, a daughter.
In George Street, Mrs Robertson,
At Kemback-house, Mrs Makgill of Kemback, a daughter.
22. At Greenwood Lodge, Wicklow, the Lady of the Honourable Matthew Plunkett, a són.
younger of Inches, a daughter,
9. Mrs Ogilvy, Abercromby Place, a son. 10. Mrs Hunter, of Thurston, a son
12. At the Manse of Dairy, the wife of the Rev. Alexander Macgowan, a daughter, her seventeenth child.
The Lady of John Raitt, Esq. of Carphin, a daughter.
The Lady of Captain Ross, of the Honourable Company's ship Carmarthen, a
Gray, daughter of Mr James Gray, merchant, Inverness.
Feb. 28. At Armagh, Thos. Knox, Esq. M. P. for the county of Tyrone, eldest son of the Honourable Thomas Knox, and grandson of Lord Viscount Northland, to Mary Juliana, eldest daughter to his Grace the Lord Primate of all Ireland, and granddaughter to John, late Earl of Bute.
March 2. At Broughton Place, Captain Simpson, of the Honourable East India Company's service, to Miss Jessie Eckford. At London, Captain George Ridout, of the 11th light dragoons, to Louisa, youngest daughter of Dr George Heath, Canon of Windsor.
Oct. 1814. At Tabriz, in Persia, when re turning from an embassy to that Court, Captain James Snodgrass, youngest son of Neil Snodgrass, Esq. of Cuninghamhead.
Jan. 1. 1815. Killed by a cannon shot before New Orleans, Lieutenant Alexander Ramsay, Royal Artillery, son of Captain Ramsay, Royal Navy.
Feb. 6. At Lerwick, Shetland, Francis Heddell, Esq. Comptroller of customs there.
-At Glasgow, Captain Allan M‘Lean, of the 2d battalion 90th regiment.
At Edinburgh, Miss Janet Wilson, eldest daughter of the late Mr Alexander Wilson, merchant, Edinburgh.
14. Mr Alexander Hope, builder, Burntisland, much regretted.
15. At Fermoy, Mr Alexander Gibson, paymaster of the 3d battalion of Royal Scots, son of the late Mr Gibson, town-clerk of Paisley.
At Hall of Auchencross, New Cumnock, Mr John Wells, student of Divinity in the University of Glasgow; a young man of eminent abilities, and of the most amiable dispositions.
16. At Pilrig Street, Mrs Lindsay, relict of