Early Account of a Famous Scottish Murder Trial, This Copy Includes Two Pages of Contemporary Manuscript Notes [Trial]. Porteous, John [1695-1736], Defendant. The Trial of Capt. John Porteous, Before the High Criminal Court, Or Lords of Justiciary, In Scotland; For Wounding and Killing Several Persons at a Late Execution of a Criminal, In the Grass-Market at Edinburgh, By Firing and Ordering his Men to Fire on the Spectators. Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed by John White, . 32 pp. Octavo (8-1/8" x 5-7/8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet and two manuscript leaves in contemporary hand bound into later library cloth, calf lettering piece and paper shelf label to spine. Light soiling, some fading to spine, chipping to edges of lettering piece. Light browning to text, some soiling, library inkstamps and early owner signature (David Hilton) to title page, library marks to verso. $1,500. * This appears to be a reissue of an account published the same year in Edinburgh. Porteous was convicted of murder and sentenced to be hanged after soldiers under his command accidentally killed six people while trying to control a mob during an execution. Under pressure from Prime Minister Walpole, his execution was deferred pending further investigation. Angered at what was perceived as English interference, a mob dragged Porteous from prison and lynched him. More than a murder case, this was a highly charged referendum on Scottish autonomy. The events surrounding this case are treated in the early chapters of Sir Walter Scott's novel The Heart of Mid-Lothian (1818). The carefully written manuscript notes appear to have been laid into this pamphlet. It discusses a 1737 Act of Parliament calling for the punishment of the people who lynched Porteous. No print copies located on OCLC. English Short-Title Catalogue T174154.
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