THE STOCKBRIDGE MURDER CASE
News from the Mews is about to take another dark turn.
Over the next three weeks, the court journalism reproduced here will cover one of the most notorious Edinburgh murder cases of the 19th century, rendered even more shocking at the time by the perpetrator being a woman and the victims babies.
A fine of 1s each, with the option of 24 hours’ imprisonment, was imposed on each of five boys, whose ages ranged from 12 to 15 years, for playing football on Sunday evening last in Gilchrist Court, Greenside.
Edinburgh Evening News, 14 April 1886
At the City Police Court, a woman named Jessie Irvine or Aitchison was ordered to pay a fine of £5, or go 30 days to jail, for keeping a disorderly house and harbouring loose women in Simpson’s Court, Greenside Row, on and since 5th November last.
Edinburgh Evening News, 2 February 1885
At Edinburgh Sheriff Summary Court this afternoon—Sheriff Rutherfurd on the bench— Messrs M’Donald & Deveneau, drapers and dressmakers, were charged with contravening the Factory and Workshop Act, 1875, by having three women working in their premises 4 Shandwick Place, after 4 p.m. on Saturday, 26th April.
At the City Police Court, before Bailie Rowatt, a young man, named Patrick M’Gachie, was accused of committing a breach of the peace in Rose Street and Rose Street Lane on Thursday night, and at the same time obstructing and molesting two police officers, and attempting to rescue a female prisoner then in their charge.
At the City Police Court, a man named John Buist, residing in Simpson’s Court, was charged with having trafficked in liquors in his house without having the necessary license.
—He pleaded guilty, and was fined £7, with the alternative of six weeks’ imprisonment.
Edinburgh Evening News, 12 February 1877
Mr EDWIN KNOWLES, Riding Master, Respectfully intimates that he has RESIGNED his connection with the Tollcross Riding Academy, where he has been Master for upwards of Seven Years; and, at the urgent request of numerous patrons, he has COMMENCED BUSINESS on his Own Account, at NORTHUMBERLAND STREET LANE (East), where, from his thorough Experience, and by the most assiduous and courteous personal attentions at all times to the requirements of those honouring him with their patronage, he hopes to merit their con