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TITLE
Petition presented by Murdoch MacKenzie, p3
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_L_INV_HC_9_16I_03
DATE OF IMAGE
1764
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
5753
KEYWORDS
court papers
court records
children
Petition presented by Murdoch MacKenzie, p3

This is a page from a petition presented by Mr Murdoch MacKenzie, minister and Moderator of the Kirk Session of Inverness, and Warrant of Imprisonment for Archibald MacPhail, Elspeth MacKay, Alexander Gavin and Anne MacGlashan, servants to Alexander Clark, Tacksman of Geddes in the County of Nairn granted by Right Honourable Alexander Boswell of Auchinleck, one of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary; dated 26 May 1764 at Inverness.

The alleged crime is that these four brought a baby boy to the house of Phineas Mackintosh, merchant and Dean of Guild in Inverness, and abandoned him there at 2 am on a very frosty night in January.

Why was the child abandoned at this particular house, in Inverness, when the people alleged to have carried out the crime are servants in Little Geddes in the county of Nairn? It is possible that the child in some way belonged to the MacKintosh household, or simply that Phineas MacKintosh was such a powerful man in Inverness (his name appears in many documents, in different positions of authority) that if his household took in the child, he would have the chance of a better life. Perhaps the accused were not involved and the child had not come from Nairn. Bail was set at 100 Merks Scots each


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Petition presented by Murdoch MacKenzie, p3

1760s

court papers; court records; children

Highland Archive Centre

Inverness County Sheriff Court Records

This is a page from a petition presented by Mr Murdoch MacKenzie, minister and Moderator of the Kirk Session of Inverness, and Warrant of Imprisonment for Archibald MacPhail, Elspeth MacKay, Alexander Gavin and Anne MacGlashan, servants to Alexander Clark, Tacksman of Geddes in the County of Nairn granted by Right Honourable Alexander Boswell of Auchinleck, one of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary; dated 26 May 1764 at Inverness.<br /> <br /> The alleged crime is that these four brought a baby boy to the house of Phineas Mackintosh, merchant and Dean of Guild in Inverness, and abandoned him there at 2 am on a very frosty night in January. <br /> <br /> Why was the child abandoned at this particular house, in Inverness, when the people alleged to have carried out the crime are servants in Little Geddes in the county of Nairn? It is possible that the child in some way belonged to the MacKintosh household, or simply that Phineas MacKintosh was such a powerful man in Inverness (his name appears in many documents, in different positions of authority) that if his household took in the child, he would have the chance of a better life. Perhaps the accused were not involved and the child had not come from Nairn. Bail was set at 100 Merks Scots each <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service