Nineteenth-Century Scottish Treason Trials [Trials]. [Treason]. Douglas, Niel [1750-1823], Defendant. An Address to the Judges and Jury, In a Case of Alleged Sedition, On 26th May, 1817, Which was Intended to be Delivered Before Passing Sentence. Glasgow: Printed by D. Mackenzie, 1817. 40 pp. [Bound with] Dow, John, Reporter. The Trial of the Rev. Niel Douglas, Before the High Court of Justiciary, At Edinburgh, On the 26th May 1817, For Sedition. Edinburgh: Printed for John Robertson, 1817. [ii], 50 pp. Portrait frontispiece. [And] [Bellingham, John]. An Authentic Account of the Trial and Execution of John Bellingham, For the Assassination of the Right Hon. Spencer Perceval. With a Vindication of the Character of Sir Francis Burdett from the Aspersions of Some of the London Prints. Edinburgh: Printed and Published by D. Schaw and Son, 1812. [ii], -65 pp. [And] M'Laren, Alexander, Defendant. Baird, Thomas, Defendant. Dow, John, Reporter. The Trial of Alexander M'Laren, And Thomas Baird, Before the High Court of Justiciary, At Edinburgh, On the 5th and 7th March 1817, For Sedition. Edinburgh: Printed for John Robertson, 1817. vi, 153 pp. [And] Account of the Proceedings of the Public Meeting of the Burgesses and Inhabitants of the Town of Kilmarnock, Held on the 7th of December, 1816, For the Purpose of Deliberating on the Most Proper Method of Remedying the Present Distresses of the Country. With a Full Report of the Speeches on that Occasion. Kilmarnock: Printed by H. Crawford, 1816. 45 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"); Account: Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Stab-stitched pamphlets bound into contemporary three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine. Moderate rubbing, a few scuffs to boards, some chipping to spine ends, corners bumped, front hinge cracked. Light to moderate toning, soiling to title page of Bellingham, internally clean. $1,850. * An exemplary gathering of five tracts, four of them concerning the trials of Douglas and M'Laren, the first trials for sedition held in Scotland during the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, a time of acute economic distress and social protest. These took place concurrently with the London trials of William Hone. Douglas, an eccentric non-conformist minister, poet, abolitionist and visionary soci.
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