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latter end of harvest 1810, John but he would not do it at first; all Montgomerie came to the witness, the Montgomeries signed it ; Crauand asked him if he had any old pa- ' furd said, if witness would befriend pers belonging to his grandfather him now in his necessities, he Dr Glasgow, and if there were among would befriend him when he came to them any signed James Craufurd at his kingdom, and at last he was preCastledawson, or Patrick Viscouat of vailed on to sign it, for which he was Garnock? in consequence of which vexed afterwards ; he left the whole he made a search, and found a num. leases with Craufurd at Ladeside ; ber signed Patrick Viscount Gar- four weeks after, he received a note nock, but did not find any signed from Craufurd on a Saturday, reJames Craufurd ; in January 1811, questing him to come and take tea he went to John Montgomerie's at with him at Ladeside ; he went acLadeside, carrying with him a num. cordingly, but Craufurd was not at ber of old papers, something between home; he then called on Mr Cocha dozen and a score, among which rane, and returned again about 11 were some old tacks ; he examined o'clock, when he saw Mr Craufurd, them twice carefully before he car. who asked for his family, and then ried them to Ladeside, and is certain went out of the room, leaving witness none of them were signed James alone with Bradley. Bradley gave witCraufurd, but some of them were ness the papers back, wrapped up in signed Patrick Viscount Garnock; a piece of an old newspaper, saying the prisoners Craufurd and Bradley he wished to receive them before wite were at Ladeside, and he gave them nesses ; when witness went home, he the papers to examine whether lighted a candle, and looked at the any of them were signed James Crau. tacks, when he perceived that the old furd ; John, Peter, and William subscriptions had been erased, and Montgomerie were in the room at the James Craufurd put in their stead; time ; after the prisoners received the (here a tack was shown, which witpapers, they left the room together ; ness identitied, and said, that when Bradley returned with some four pa. he saw it formerly, there was a greatpers, and laid them on a chair, at the er appearance of erasure at the signasame time desiring witness to proceed ture than now.) On the Monday fol. and search, as he might find some. lowing, Bradley called on witness, thing yet ; Mrs Montgomerie lifted and desired him to put the tacks, and from the botrom of the chair a square two letters which he brought with paper folded like a letter, which, she him, among Dr Glasgow's old pasaid, would make her Lady Kilbir. pers ; the letters were one signed nie; Bradley wanted to look at it, James Craufurd, Castledawson, adbut she would not let him ; said it dressed to Dr Glasgow, surgeon at was a letter from James Craufurd, Kilbirnie, the other signed Garnock, " Castledawson, addressed to Dr Glas. dated Edinburgh. He mentioned to gow; witness tried to see it ; when Bradley, that he thought the subhe attempted to read it, Bradley pull. scriptions of the tacks were altered, ed it out of his hand ; he is certain which he acknowledged, but said, as it was not among the papers he' the papers were so old, it could do brought to Ladeside, the paper look: no harm to any, one; the letters, ed cleaner like; he was then asked if Bradley said, he had found about he would sign it as one of the papers Kilbirnie ; witness refused having which had been found at his house, any thing to do with the papers, as
they had been altered since they were some rent, he could not say how much. in his custody. When he asked Robert Kerr sen. Kersland, parish Bradley, why he wished the letters of Dalry, was at Todshill when Bradput in among Dr Glasgow's papers, ley came to Smith's to inquire after Bradley said, it would make them papers, " to prove his correspondence appear stronger to come out from a- with the noble family ;" he saw semong Dr Glasgow's papers ;' witness veral papers lying in the parlour, said they would soon be discoyered, among which were several old tacks, and refused to put them among Dr perhaps three or four ; was at LadeGlasgow's papers:
On Tuesday side on the 20th February, and put morning Robert Kerr, his father-in- his name to several deeds, which he law, called on him to go to a funeral; understood had been found among Dr Bradley came in, and inquired after Glasgow's papers ; he did so because
i more papers, when he went and he was told if the papers were not brought some more which were in an exhibited with good-will, a summons old pocket-book, and gave them to would be issued to exhibit them; and him to examine, while they went to thought, to prevent expense, it wa the funeral ; at night he went to better they should be given up ; Ladeside, and carried the old pocket- (shown the papers, when he identifibook and some papers with him, ed his signature ;) among them was wrapped up in an old newspaper ; a receipt, which, Bradley remarked, Robert Kerr went with him. R. did not agree with an account shown Kerr, John, Peter, and William to him, but which he, witness, said, Montgomerie, Bradley, and Crau. might easily be accounted for, as the furd, were present ; they had a good sums in the one were English, the deal of toddy ; Craufurd insisted on other Scots money ; a receipt was his signing the tacks and letters as granted for the papers obtaixed ; he. genuine, which he refused ; Bradley sasv a number of papers lying on a insisted, and said he would get Loch- table in his son-in-law's house on end, the farm which he had formerly Tuesday; his son-in-law said he found rented from Lady Mary Lindsay, for the small papers, bills, receipts, and his trouble ; he returned home on the Viscoant Garnock's letter, in a small Tuesday night, and again went to pocket-book belonging to Dr GlasLadeside on Weduesday ; when Kerr gow, and remarked that it was a mi. signed the papers. Witness argued raculous thing that they were not a good deal with his father-in-law to destroyed ; Smith would not agree to prevent him from signing, but he sign, because he was afraid of angers would not be persuaded against it; ing his uncle Mr Cochrane, or the he went to Ayr about a month after Lady, (understood by the Lady, Lato get the papers back; the offers, dy Mary. Lindsay.) Smith said the made him were chiefly when he was
papers were found among Dr Glass alone with the prisoners; when he gow's papers, and often repeated, in mentioned to Çraufurd the vitiation going to Ladeside (Kilbimnie,) that of the deeds, he denied that they he was astonished how they were prewere altered. On being cross-exami- served from the mice, which he could Ded by the counsel for the prisoners, only account for by their being in the he did not recollect saying that he pocket-book; his son-in-law did not was in arrears of rent to Lady Mary remonstrate with him about signing Lindsay, but he is in fact still due the deeds, nor hint at the time that.
he suspected them to be vitiated; the working in a bog, and mentioned first time he mentioned any thing to him that he was empowered by about their being forged, was some Mr Craufurd 10 prepare his claim, time abcut the 18th July 1811, and and search for proof; that if he (witwhen questioned wliy he did not ness) could assist in the business, he mention it sooner, said he did not would be extensively remunerated. want to expose them, (meaning the Witness did not agree at the time, prisoners,) they would soon cnough but Bradley said he would bring some expose themselves; he lives upon good papers and show him, from which enough terms with his son-in-law. he would be better able to judge; he
Robert Glasgow of Montgranan, came shortly after, and brought with William Cochrane of Ladyland, Wil. hin a parcel of papers, consisting of liam Montgomerie, Ladeside, and old accounts, buoks, &c. some fragAndrew Wyllie, farmer in Gifford- ments of parchment, and some old land, gave evidence to a similar effect. paper, seemingly torn out of a book
William Fanning. The counsel for without any writing on them ; there the prisoners otjected to this witness were likewise a copy of the lease bebeing examined, as he was not pro. tween James Crautard of Drougla perly designed in the list of witnesses and Baron Dawson, one or two cashfurnished by the public prosecutor ; books, rent-book of Thomas Graves being styled some time clerk or with Baron Dawson, a book kept by writer at Kilrae, whereas he was a Colonel and Baron Dawson, memoschoolmaster, and offered to prove randums and accounts relating to that he was alone known by that de- Lord and Lady Garncck, and items signation. The Court overruled the relative to the connexion between objection, as he was described “pre. James Craufurd and the Garnocks. sent prisoner in the tolbooth of Edin. Witness disliked the appearance and burzh ;” and the purpose for which colour of the documents, some parts the designations of prisoners was af. of the papers being clean, and some fixed was, that they might be easily dirty; he asked Bradley whose wrirecognised by all parties, which, in the ring they were, when Bradley acknow. present instance, was fully answered ledged ihey were his own; on which by the description given of the wito witness said, he thought them clomsy ness. Hu was called in, when he imitations. Bradley then asked him stated that he was, and had been for if he would assist in inserting entries nearly sixteen years, schoolmaster at in the book favourable to the claim. Culnagroo, between Swatterach and ant, in altering writings for the same Kiliae, but had previously acted as purpose. in answer to a question clerk to a magistrate, and also to Mr from the public prosecutor, the witRankine at a large bleachfield, and, ness said, he understood that he was when he bad leisure, was employed, . to forge entries. He agreed to assist when he could get employment, in in helping to make out the claim by bringing up books, &c. Fle knew forging deeds, &c. Bradley and he Bradley since he was a boy of 10 or framed some papers, and altered 15 years of age, when he was living others; the deeds were first drawn out at Kilrae ; he saw him afterwards on paper before they were engrossed when he came from the militia ; and, . on parchment, and the alterations were on this business, he first saw him also first written on paper before be. some time in June or July 1810, inginserted in the original documents. when he called on witness, who was Bradley said, he wished to obtain co
pies of the deeds to send over to vancing the prisoner Craufurd's claim Scotland to Lord Craufurd (by Lord inserted instead ; at first Bradley atCraufurd he understood the prisoner) tempted to do this by scraping out in Scotland ; two leases were copied, with a knife the passages wished to as also the pedigree of the family, be obliterated, but did not succeed; which Bradley took over with him on which witness said that he recol. to Scotland ; he saw Bradley the same lected having seen in a newspaper a season on his return from Scotland ; receipt for taking out ink from paBradley brought with him papers pers, which having procured, they which he got at Giffordland, among sent Craufurd Fullarton to an apowhich were letters of Earl Craufurd thecary's in Magherafelt to procure and Hew Craufurd ; before Bradley the liquid ; he did not procure the went to Scotland, he brought a lease whole of the materials, but brought to the witness, granted by James then some oxymuriatic acid, with Crauford of. Creach, but signed with which they washed out the writing, a mark.; on which witness remarked, and then washed the paper with lime that he did not thinks it very proba- water, which they allowed to dry, ble that the son of an earl should not and, when dry, inserted the words be able to write his own name ; Brade they wished in the paper ; they took ley also brought two leases between the family seals from other papers, James Craufurd of Brough and James which appeared to be envelopes, and Craufurd of Castledawson, which affixed them to the fabricated wriwere written out, but the subscriptings; witness wrote the lease, signed tions were not annexed to them ; James Craufurd, from a copy given Bradley took these leases with him him by Bradley; he wrote also an into Scotland. Some time about the denture between twoJames Craufurds, latter end of December 1811, Mont- jun, and sen. for the purpose of showgomerie came to Castledawson with ing that there were two Craufurds, à parcel from Craufurd to Bradley, and to do away the effect of the mark which contained two original letters, affixed to the original deed, and likesigned James Crayfurd; witness was wise to connect the James Craufurd near a whole night in trying to imi- jun. as factor at Castledawson, with tate the signatures, after which he the entries which were forged in the affixed them to the tacks, which had book. When Bradley was in Scotbeen extended on parchment, but land he found a holograph tack, and which remained unsigned till these wrote witness that he had found an original letters were procured; the entry in the memorandum-book which following day the leases were shown he got from Shaw, purporting to be 10 Montgomerie ; he did not think a receipt granted by James Craufurd, Montgomerie knew what was con. Castledawson ; he understood the tained in the parcel he brought to Ire said entry to be forged, because the land, nor did he see any of the pa- James Craufurd mentioned was a creapers till the leases were finished; the ture of their imagination, and he did letters made James Craufurd in Scot- not think a man who never existed land at the time when the fabricaied could write receipts. In his letter deeds had him in Ireland ; the ori. Bradley said, he had “ another babe ginal letters were therefore altered ; . born him since he left Castledaw. part of the writing was erased, and son, and so like the
that cri. what would suit the purpose of ad. ticisers would not know it.” The
witness was shown a number of deeds the part of the pannel, the principal
copy he himself had made, the oriOn his cross examination, the wit. ginal was destroyed through his igness admitted that he had written a norance in applying the preparation letter to Lady Mary Lindsay, informe intended to obliterate the writing ; ing her of the forgeries, and that he wrote to Bradley's wife, desiring her came over to Scotland partly from a to tell Bradley to leave the country. wish to do justice to her for the in- Here the examination of witnesses jury he had committed ; all he ever closed after which the Lord Advoasked for was compensation for his cate addressed the Jury in behalf of expenses ; he received twenty guineas the crown ; Mr Jeffrey and Mr Murfrom Lady Mary's agent, and two ray in behalf of the prisoners ; Lord guineas which he remitted to his wife, Meadowbank, who presided, summed also about 41. which he returned af. up the evidence, and the Jury were ter being taken prisoner.
inclosed about half.past seven o'clock A number of other witnesses were on Tuesday morning, and directed to then examined on the part of the return their verdict next day at one prosecution ; but without any mate- o'clock. rial add to the above facis. On · Wednesday, the Jury gave in their February 1812.