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Fishermen, randies and fraudsters: Crime in 19th century Aberdeen and the North East by Malcolm Archibald

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Fishermen, randies and fraudsters: Crime in 19th century Aberdeen and the North East by Malcolm Archibald

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Hugging the coast and crammed between two rivers, Aberdeen grew up isolated from Scotland's other urban centres. The North East seemed to breed a number of women who lived their lives by deceiving others. One such was Mrs Gordon Baillie from Peterhead. This book tells her story along with other crimes of 19th century Aberdeen and the North East.

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Hugging the coast and crammed between two rivers, Aberdeen grew up isolated from Scotland's other urban centres. Yet Aberdeen experienced its share of crime in the 19th century. The city was plagued by a plethora of prostitutes, ravaged by riots and aggravated by assaults. There were streets such as Shuttle Lane which respectable people were well advised not to enter; a military garrison that could be more trouble than it was worth and dead bodies buried behind a girl's school. Trying to keep the city under control were the Town Sergeants and an infant police force that, according to Superintendent George Cran, relied on the Spengie switch by day and the oaken staff by night. The surrounding countryside was every bit as rough. As if truculent fishermen and murderous railway navigators were not enough, there were also thimble riggers and the Cock o' the North to contend with, while both city and countryside were plagued by juvenile criminals. But overshadowing all, and bringing this part of Scotland on the map of international crime, were the fraudsters. The North East seemed to breed an extraordinary number of women who lived their lives by deceiving others. One such was Mrs Gordon Baillie from Peterhead, who fooled and beguiled people from Melbourne to New York, and her story is now revealed along with the other crimes of 19th century Aberdeen and the North East.

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SKU GOR005902218
Title Fishermen, randies and fraudsters: Crime in 19th century Aberdeen and the North East
Author By (author) Malcolm Archibald
Contributor No
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Black and White Publishing
Year Published 2014
Page Number 256
ISBN 1845027442
ISBN13 9781845027445
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes No
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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