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TITLE
Peelans
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_287_P180
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1850s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31074
KEYWORDS
Peelans
characters
Thurso
theft
crimes
punishments
nicknames
Peelans

Peelans' (or Pillans) real name is said to have been John Maclean. He was a well-known character in Thurso around the 1850s. The origin of his nickname was not known by the author of the book from which the illustration is taken. Peelans was not a native of Thurso but was said to have come from the West Highlands, possibly Morven or Mull.

When he was a young boy, Peelans was found guilty of petty theft. His father put him in a fishing creel full of frogs and set it alight as punishment. Peelans escaped death but never spoke to his father again. The incident unhinged his mind and he became a strange and witless man. He carried a stick as a weapon of defence against his tormentors but despite his violent tendencies, locals commented that he did display some religious traits.

This illustration is taken from 'Scenes and Stories from the North of Scotland' by John Sinclair

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Peelans

1850s

Peelans; characters; Thurso; theft; crimes; punishments; nicknames

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Peelans' (or Pillans) real name is said to have been John Maclean. He was a well-known character in Thurso around the 1850s. The origin of his nickname was not known by the author of the book from which the illustration is taken. Peelans was not a native of Thurso but was said to have come from the West Highlands, possibly Morven or Mull.<br /> <br /> When he was a young boy, Peelans was found guilty of petty theft. His father put him in a fishing creel full of frogs and set it alight as punishment. Peelans escaped death but never spoke to his father again. The incident unhinged his mind and he became a strange and witless man. He carried a stick as a weapon of defence against his tormentors but despite his violent tendencies, locals commented that he did display some religious traits.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'Scenes and Stories from the North of Scotland' by John Sinclair