Alex Adamson (Historic Environment Scotland)
That people love to read about crime is something which has not gone unnoticed amongst newspaper editors. This was as true two hundred years ago as it is today. Alex Adamson, author of ‘Murder, Poaching and Lemonade: Crimes and Court Cases from Nineteenth Century West Lothian’, talks about the press reporting of crime during the 1800s. This was a period which saw many changes in Scottish society, the way in which crimes and criminal were perceived, and the ways in which they were punished. A study of newspaper accounts of court cases opens a window for us into the lives of our forbears and their changing attitudes to criminality.
This talk is part of a series around National Records of Scotland and Edinburgh City Archives exhibition ‘Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917’ in the Matheson Dome, General Register House, 25 Oct – 1 Dec 2017, Monday to Friday, 09:30-4:30pm.Visit website