By Steve Jones
Last updated 2011-02-17
Some records, like those of William Douglas, are fairly detailed listing the date and place of conviction, the crime and punishment. Evidently, the six strokes received did not deter him from a life of crime.
If stumbling across a relation, who maybe stole a cheese or knocked off a Bobby's helmet, it is a good idea to make a note of the date of conviction and look up the court reports in local newspapers for more details of the cases. Sometimes these are just one or two lines, but, for more serious offences, a description of the accused and intriguing details of the crimes, including threats to judges and arresting officers alike, make for compulsive reading.
Happy hunting, great-uncle Albert may be out there waiting to be discovered!
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