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The Circuit Court

This leaflet includes cases which were brought before Lords MacKenzie and Meadowbank at the circuit court in Perth. One such case was of a Elizabeth Brown accused of stealing a petticoat and pair of sheets from a Mrs Ross, innkeeper of Forfar, she was sentenced to seven years transportation.

Another case was Innes Kelley sailor, charged with the murder of his wife Janet Mitchell at their home in the Hawkhill. Even though there were several witnesses with concurring testimony proving his guilt, Innes Kelly escaped justice because of a technical discrepancy, and was discharged.