NEWS FROM THE MEWS 13

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1860–63

ACCIDENT WITH A MINCING MACHINE—Yesterday, a lad employed in a butcher’s premises in Thistle Street Lane was working at a mincing machine, when he accidentally or inadvertently placed his left hand under the knife, and chopped off four of his fingers.

The Scotsman, 16 May 1860

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HOUSEBREAKING.—At the Police Court yesterday, before Bailie Blackadder, James M’Cabe, residing in Cowgate, was accused of burglariously entering a store in Thistle Street Lane, and abstracting therefrom a large quantity of beef and mutton, the property of Mr Mason, flesher, Hanover Street. He was remitted to a higher court.[1]

Edinburgh Evening Courant, 18 May 1861

[1] A follow-up report on 5 June recorded that M’Cabe, ‘a habit and repute thief’ and Francis Darcey pled guilty in the Sheriff Criminal Court to the theft on 11 May. They were sentenced to 6 months and 40 days respectively.

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potted meat

RESET OF THEFT—At a Sheriff Summary Court held yesterday, before Sheriff Paterson, Margaret Hyles or Banks was found guilty of resetting a large quantity of potted meat, stolen by some boys on the 11th of May from a butcher’s premises in Thistle Street Lane. She was sentenced to sixty days’ imprisonment.[2]

Caledonian Mercury, 20 June 1861

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[2] This was the second theft of meat from Thistle Street Lane, another having taken place on 11 May.

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Victorian revolver

RIFLE AND PISTOL SHOOTING SALOON.

The SALOON, MEUSE LANE, South St David Street, opposite the Scott Monument, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Caledonian Mercury, 11 August 1860

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POLICE COURT—Saturday.

(Before Bailie Johnston.)

CHARGES OF HOUSEBREAKING.

George Gillies, residing in Blackfriars’ Wynd, was charged with breaking into the premises of Mr Thomas Couper, silversmith, Swinton Row, and stealing eighty-four ounces of silver. The accused was remitted to a higher Court. […]

Caledonian Mercury, 25 August 1862

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THEFT FROM THE PERSON.

Two women, named Rose Ann Smith and Isabella Monteith, on Thursday night decoyed a gentleman into Northumberland Street Lane, and succeeded in robbing him of a purse.

The women then ran out of the lane, giving as an excuse that the police were coming.

They were then met by two accomplices, named David Hulme and John Cowan, to whom they handed the purse.

All four were apprehended during the night, with the purse in their possession, and were yesterday remitted to the Magistrates.

Caledonian Mercury, 27 September 1862

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Police baton

POLICE COURT—Wednesday.

(Before Sheriff Lorimer.)

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ASSAULT BY A POLICEMAN.

Samuel Thorburn, a constable in the Edinburgh Police, was charged with assaulting James M’Kay, Leith Walk, while on duty in Regent Terrace Lane, on the 1st inst.

Thorburn had used his baton and his fists in this assault, and had also knocked M’Kay down.

The case had been continued for the last few days; but Thorburn was yesterday found guilty, and sentenced to sixty days’ imprisonment, thirty of them with hard labour.

Caledonian Mercury, 7 January 1863

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News from the Mews returns on Thursday in April 1863

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