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Returns at Dundee Jail, 1819

This fascinating document lists the inmates of Dundee jail throughout the year 1818. The information given includes the names of the miscreants, the nature of the offences, whose warrant they were committed by, their punishments and their dates of liberation.

As can be seen, rioting was a common offence during this period, though most rioters were treated fairly leniently. One prisoner, Alexander McPherson, Perth Road, convicted for theft, escaped through the roof of the prison. Ann McKenzie was committed to prison for not obeying the Sherrif's sentence of banishment.


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