Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

upon their father's plan, or the one him, in which he inserts the pro-
now constructed by themselves, as ceedings and premiums of the So-
extensively as would be desirable; ciety, was laid before the Meeting;
he therefore trusted, that the So- the Society authorised their Secre-
ciety would be disposed to contri- tary to thank Mr Clennell for his
bute to, and countenance a sub- communication.
scription for James Small's family; The Meeting having, on motion,
and therefore moved" That it proceeded to the election of Presi-
be referred to the Directors, to as. dent, Vice-Presidents, and other
certain the merits of the Plough officers for the current year, the
shown to the Society this day, con- 'following noblemen and gentlemen
structed by John and Alex. Small; were chosen, viz.
and to consider of the propriety of His Grace the Duke of Mon.
contributing to and countenancing trose-re-elected President.
a subscription for the family of the Most Neble the Marquis of
late James Small, whose ploughs have Douglas and Clydesdale, Right
been found the most generally use- Honourable the Earl of Wemyss
ful of any hitherto invented, and and March, Right Hon. the Earl
to report to what extent the Socie- of Aboyne, and Right Hon. Lord
ty ought to sanction and support Viscount Melville--Vice-Presidents.
such 'subscription.”- The Society William Macdonald, Esq. of St.
referred Sir John Sinclair's motion Martin's, Treasurer.
to the Directors for their conside, Donald Maclachlan of Maclach-
ration.

lan, Esq. Secretary.
It was stated to the Meeting, Robert Wilson, Esq. accountant
that in consequence of the sum vo- in Edinburgh, Auditor of Ac:
ted by the Society, for constructing counts.
a Reaping Machine, upon the prin- Rev. Dr George Baird, Princi-
cip'es of the model invented by Mr pal of the University of Edinburgh,
Blaikie, armourer of the Lanark- Chaplain.
shire militia, the machine had been Mr Lewis Gordon, Deputy Se-
made in its extended form, and cretary and Collector.
tried, according to the information Mr David Watson, Recorder
received; with considerable success. and Clerk.

The model of a Revo ving Bat- Mr Alexander Cunningham, tery, for the defence of the coasts, Jeweller and Medailist. was exhibited by Mr Gillespie, the Mr ohn Campbell, Translator inventor, which had met with the of the Gælic Language. approbation of everal military and Besides Thirty Ordinary Direcnaval gentlemen qualified to judge . tors, resident in Edinburgh, for of its merits. The Society, al- managing the affairs of the Society, though desirous to encourage every whereof seven go out by rotation ingenious and useful invention, annually; the Meeting also made did not consider this within the choice of the following Noblonen objects of their Institution, and and Gentlemer, as Extraordinary therefore suggested to the inventor, : Directors, several of whom are to apply in the proper channel for only occasionally in town, and support and patronage.

cannot regularly attend the stated A letter from Mr Clennell, of meetings, viz., Homerion, Middlesex, accompanied His Grace the Duke of Athöll. with a set of an Agricultural and Right Hon. Lord Viscount CathCommercial Magazine, published by tart.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

esso.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

Right Hon. Lord Ruthven. inserted to prove the existence of the
Right Hon. Lord Seaforth. said James Craufurd, and tacks and
Hon. Douglas Gordon Halybur- entries from Smith at Todshill, and
ton, of Halyburton.

Wylie at Giffordland, which he viSir George Stewart, of Grand- tiated for the same purpose ; at least tully, Baronet.

Bradley did so by his direction, or Francis Garden Campbell, Esq. with his consent. These papers were of Troup and Glenlyon.

produced in a civil clain which he Colonel R. W. Duif, of Fetter. raised before the sheriff, which was

resisted by Lady Mary Lindsay, and Ranald Macdonald, Esq. of

a conjunct probation allowed. How Staffa. William Arbuthnott, Esq.

the civil action might have been deAll other matters have been re

cided, it is impossible to say ; but ferred to the Directors, among Fanning, who had been employed by which was the model of a machine Bradley to forge and vitiate the pafor hummelling barley, invented by pers, gave information to Lady Mary, Mr Mitchell, mill-wright, at Bis

in consequence of which the fraud hops Mill near Elgin : -The Meet

was discovered, and the present trial ing then voted the thanks of the followed. The execution of the forSociety to Lord Elibank, the Vice- geries was astonishingly ingenious ; President in the Chair, for his at- so much so, that one witness swore tention to the business of the day. to the integrity of a lease which Fan.

ning confessed he himself had forged.

The following, among others, is Trial of John Lindsay Craufurd and the copy of a letter having the forJames Bradley, for falsifying Pa. ged subscription of the Earl of Crau

furd, and pretended to be written to pers.

David Blair of Giffordland, near HIS very singular case, which Beith, dated 220 February 1751.

has excited so mueh attention, “ Am sorry to inform you my originated in the following circum- uncle James Craufurd is rather trou. stances: John Lindsay Craufurd, con, blesome. He has wrote to me from ceiving the design of proving himself Castledawson for more money, alrightful heir to the titles and estates though, you know, I made him seof the Earl of Craufurd, as heir. · veral remittances since his patrimony male of Patrick, first Viscount Gar- was spent, exclusive of the many bills Í nock, and having heard that the Hon. had to pay by his frequent visits from James Craufurd, an uncle of the vis- Ireland to Scotland heretofore. Becount's, had been in Ireland, imagi- ing obliged to deny him, will not anned, if he could prove a James Crau. swer bis letter this tiine. I request furd, (the existence of whom is pro- you to write him, pointing out the blematical,) the alleged factor at encumbrances i labour under; put him Castledawson, to be the same person off as long as you can, and stop his as the Hon. James Craufurd, the vis. son Hew from coming to Kilbirnie count's uncle, he could establish his in future his manners offend me. propinquity to him, and of course Manage what I wrote you in

my

last his title to the rapk and estates. He as well as you can, and put down the therefore procured some books which' seeds in the garden as soon as the sea. had formerly belonged to the Castle- son will peronit.” dawson estate, in which entries were The following was pretended to

be

[ocr errors]

TH

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

be written by James Craufurd himself man was considered as a person of to the above-mentioned Mr Blair, and great ability and discernment, and dated 24th December 1751 :

Bradley had resorted to him for the “ I expected to seen Kilbirnie this purpose of obtaining his advice relalast season.

But from the multipli- tive to certain ambiguous parts of old city of business carried on by the Hon. documents discovered at Castledaw. Baron Dawson, I was prevented; and son in Ireland, which, the prisoner from what you told me in a former had reason to believe, tended to suplerter, my son Hew shall never go port the claim of the other prisoner there again, nor any other of my fa- Craufurd: That Mr Fanning, who mily. I see my vephew Lord Crau. now turns out to be one of the most furd has begun to forget me. I wrote profligate and unprincipled of manhim for 501 but he has not yet an- kind, had instigated or encouraged swered ny letter, though I told over Bradley to use means of an improper my necessities to him ; my health on description towards the attainment of the decline, and the many private vex: the desired object. And although ations yt. I labour under in a strange he hoped the prisoner would be acland. I depend on you, as usual, that quitted completely from the charge you'll "intercede for me, and repre- of forgery now. libelled, yet if it sent my situation to him, and per should turn out that the prisoner had haps he may send me 501. which is at all been accessory to the vitiation the last I shall ever ask. He often or falsification of the documents served me from his own private purse, founded on by the prosecutor, he was as well as by you, and I am very confident it would appear, that the thankful; and as his debts are surely party involved most deeply in the well nigh paid, except my Lord Glas- guilt of these misdeeds was the witgow, I hope you will be successful. ness Fanning. He therefore pleaded My compliments to William Orr, not guilty to the crime of forgery, Old Kirk, and all your family, and althongh, on account of certain adhoping to hear from you per bearer, missions in the prisoner's declaration I am, dear sir, your most obedient founded on, it was deemed proper to humble servant, James CRAUFURD." give this statement.

The indictment being read, the Mr Cockburn, for the prisoner pannels pleaded not guilty.

Craufurd, handed written defences to In opening the case on the part of the Court, to which he aid not con. Bradley, Mr. Lumsden stated, that ceive it necessary to state any addin until the present accusation had been tion. The purport of these defences brought against him, his character we understand to have been a denial had never hitherto, in any respect, of the prisoner's guilt. He was not been impeached. If it should turn aware that any forgeries had been out in the course of this trial that he committed, but if they were, he was had been concerned in the commis- not accessory to them. sion of any improper acts, it would Thomas Miller, William Rae, Da. appear that he had rather been mis- vid Stewart jun. W. S. and Messrs led through simplicity, than from Hunter and Hill, W. S. gave eviany depravity of mind : That his mis- dence, that the pannel had actually fortunes might arise from the circuin- laid claim to be served heir to Lord stances of his having been acquainted Viscount Garnock. with Mr Fanning, the principal wit.. James Smith, Todhills, parish of ness on whom the Crown relied. This Dalry, county of Ayr. About the

latter

[merged small][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

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 bim 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 Viscount 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 Crausurd at Ladeside ; ber signed Patrick Viscount Gare four weeks after, he received a note nôck, 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 Crawfurd was not at ber of old papers, something between home ; be 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, then 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 shem 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 witwere 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 identified, and said, that when Bradley reiurned 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 bottom 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 put

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

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 Bradin

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 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 prevenc expense, it was the funeral; at night he went to better they should be given up; Ladeside, and carried the old pocket- (shown the papers, when he identifbook 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 obtaiwed ; he. genuine, which he refused ; Bradley saw 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 ; Smich would not agree to prevent him from signing, but he sign, because he was afraid of angerwould not be persuaded against it ; ing his uncle Mr Cochrane, or the he went to Ayr about 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 repeared, 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 ned 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 hing at the time that

he

« ZurückWeiter »