10 fascinating prison mugshots taken in 19th Century Scotland

Their crimes would largely be considered petty by today’s standards but in 19th Century Scotland even stealing a book from a library could land you nine months in jail.

Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 3:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 4:09 pm

These prison mug shots will go on show in Aberdeen this month as part of the Granite Noir crime writing festival and give a fascinating insight into the criminals - and punishments - of the day.

Mill worker Mary Reilly fainted in the dock on being sentenced to seven years penal servitude. She stole 39 items of clothing from a widower's home in Dundee and was found with a missing dress at her home in Blairgowrie.
Hay, the mother of a young baby, attacked a farmer following a horse sale near Dundee, pushed him into a ditched and violently robbed him of his purse. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Euphemia Cameron was jailed after stealing various articles of clothing, including coats, plaids, shawls and jacket,s which had been left hanging in the lobbies of "respectable" Dundee houses.

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Thompson was jailed for nine months for stealing a book - The Emotions of the Will - from the Mitchell Library in January 1882. He posted the book back but part of it was later found at his lodgings.
Brown was sentenced to a year in prison for her part in the assault and robbery of an Italian sailor at his lodgings in Leith. A sovereign, a match-box, two shillings and a sleeve link were taken.
Gillon, 18, was one of four teenagers jailed for four months after stealing a tartan plaid, a silk plaid and a pair of trousers from a sale room in Govan in August 1882.
James Ferguson, 18, was with Luke Gillon at the time the plaids and trousers were stolen from the Govan sale. He also spent four months in prison at Perth.
O'Hara was described as an "exceedingly miserable old woman" by The Scotsman when she appeared in court. She was found guilty of stealing from a bleaching green - her 11th conviction - and was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Paul was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the theft of a hymn book and another of Burns poetry from two shops in Dundee in 1882. She said she was drunk at the time.
Helen Duffy was one of four "young women of ill repute" who violently assaulted and robbed Archibald Duncan of Ardgowan Street, Glasgow. His watch, purse and umbrella were taken with Duffy sentenced to six months in prison.