Title: Trial of Captain Porteous (Notable Scottish ...
Publisher: William Hodge & Company
Publication Date: 1909
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition
; Green Cloth w/ Gilt Title; Fold-out Map; Part of the "Notable Scottish Trials" Series; The trial was only published in this edition and not transferred into the later Notable British Trials series. Captain John Porteous, leader of the City Guard of Edinburgh, was sent to attend the execution of an illicit drink trader called Andrew Watson in April 1736. After the hanging boys began throwing stones at the hangman-a usual practice at the time. Porteous, said to have been inflamed with wine, ordered his men to shoot into the crowd, leaving several dead and many injured. The unprovoked slaughter enraged the populace and Porteous was brought to trial; Tight, Clean, Unmarked Copy w/ Light Foxing to Front Matter and Rear Endpapers; Bright Cloth Covers w/ Sharp Corners and Light Yellow Spotting, Primarily to Rear Cover; Attractive Copy of this Scarce Volume. Bookseller Inventory # 633
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