Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917

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  • Scotland

  • 25 - 01 December 2017

  • 09:30
  • FREE

Previously unseen albums held in Edinburgh City Archives, together with official records of trials from National Records of Scotland brought together for the first time, help tell the history of Scotland’s criminal past.

The lucky survival of five photograph albums brings us face to face with hundreds of criminals in late Victorian and Edwardian Scotland, each with their own intriguing tale.

Forged sixpences, photographs of casts of footprints left by a thief, the declaration of a murderer and criminal indictments are just some of the items that will be on display at General Register House.

Discover the stories of a man convicted of a brutal murder in Perthshire, a bank agent on the run in Australia for embezzlement, a gang of four thieves, a criminal with 44 charges of theft in one year, and many more.

This partnership exhibition is presented as part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

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