Warrant for Alexander Marshall
28th September 1835
Town of Dundee's Charter Chest includes a bundle of 19th century
death warrants and, sometimes, pardons or remissions of sentence.
This hand-written warrant for the death of Alexander Marshall calls
for his execution 'by the hands of the common executioner, to be
hanged by the neck upon a gibbet, until he be dead'. He was later
pardoned and was instead sentenced to imprisonment and deportation.
warrant states that Alexander Marshall, weaver, was found guilty
of murder and is to be brought from the Perth tolbooth (detention
place) to Dundee where the execution will take place on the 24th
of October between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. The letter is signed
by James W. Moncreiff and J.H. Forbes.