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    4th August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At 105 Breadalbine Terrace, on the 3d instant, Mrs JohnWilliamson, a daughter.

    At 3 Richard Street, on the 3d instant, Mrs James Miller, a daughter.

    At Largs, on the 1st instant, Mrs William Ramsay, Glasgow, a son.

    At 12 Warwick Street, Glasgow, on the 27th ultimo, Mrs Donald McIntyre, a son.

    At Midtownfield, on the 30th ultimo, Mrs John McNab, a son.

    At Darlintober, Campbeltown, on the 30th ultimo, Mrs Charles R Johnston, a son.
    MARRIAGES [02]
    At High Street, Glasgow, on the 1st instant, by the Rev. William Anderson of John Street United Presbyterian Congregation, Mr John Crawford, reporter of the Mail, second daughter of Mr William McNicol.

    At 21 Eglinton Street, on the 31st ultimo, by the Rev. William Anderson, Mr John McKnight, Glasgow, to Margaret Gemmill, eldest daughter of George Gemmill, merchant there, and relict of Mr John Murray, Nelson Street, Tradeston.

    In Monday's Herald, a marriage was announced as having taken place at Campbeltown, bwteen Hugh Hunter Esq., Balloch, and Margaret McCulloch, relict of the late Alexander McKenzie, Argyll Inn, Campbeltown. We learn that no such marriage has taken place, and of course we have beenimposed on by some malicious and contemptable person. The letter containing this false announcement had the aspect of authenticity. It bore the Campbeltown post-mark, and purported to be signed by "Robert Raskin". We have transmitted the document to a legal gentleman in Campbeltown, and honestly trust that he may be enabled to bring the pitiful perpetrator to punishment and public scorn.
    DEATHS [02]
    At 132 South Portland Street, on the 1st instant, Miss Isabella Wallace.

    At Largs, on the 3d instant, the son of Mr William Ramsay, Glasgow.

    At 34 Warwick Street, on the 31st untimo, Jane Robertson, daughter of Mr James Brook.

    At Glasgow, on the 30th ultimo, Mr James Ewing, aged sixty-eight years.

    At Dunblane, on the 2d instant, William, youngest son of the late William Whyte Esq., wood-merchant, there.

    At East Linton, on the 1st instant, Mr James Muir, late of Partickhill, aged seventy-five years.

    At Greenland House, on the 29th ultimo, Marion Helen, aged fourteen months, daughter of Mr Walter Osley.

    At Edinburgh, on the 1st instant, Mr William Welsh, sen., aged seventy-eight years.

    FATAL ACCIDENT: On Tuesday afternoon, about two o'clock, as a slater named Owen Watters was engaged at some work upon the top of a house in Old Post Office Court, Trongate, he accidentally lost his hold and fell to the ground from a height of four storeys. The unfortunate man was so severly injured that on being taken to the Royal Infirmary, he died of his wounds.

    MELANCHOLY OCCURENCE: On Friday night, a gentleman connected with the house of Paton and Adams, warehousemen, London Street, Glasgow, arrived at Oban by the "Dolphin" steamer from thje north. He went to Mrs Sinclair's King's Arms inn, and engaged a bed for the night. After taking tea, he walked out for a little, and on returning he complained of being unwell, and desired that a surgeon might be sent for. Mrs Sinclair immediately had Dr. Paterson in attendance, who prescribed medicine for him and saw him twice previous to going to bed - about two o'clock on Saturday morning. The gentleman had given orders to arouse him at six o'clock for the "Shandon" steamer going to Glasgow. The waiter looked into his bed-room just before going to bed, and the gentleman was seemingly asleep. At Six o'clock one of the waiters went to his bed-room door and knocked; no answer was given, and after repeatedly calling he opened the door, but the bed was empty and some of his clothes were lying on a chair. The alarm was instantly given, and every corner of the establishment was examined, but in vain. The bed room window was up, and it was thought that he had gone out by it. Search was made in the adjoining garden, and a night cap which he had on when going to bed was discovered. No trace of him could be found, however, till about eight o'clock, when Mr. Buchanan, Chemist, saw a body lying at the base of a rock 90 feet in height. The body was at once identified as the stranger. It is supposed that after all was quiet the unfortunate gentleman had risen and walked to the summit, and that he had either accidentally or intentionally gone over the perpendicular precipice... the affair has caused a painful sensation in the place. It is understood that he is married. Mr Gregson, the fiscal, has had an investigation regarding the melancholy affair. - Greenock Advertiser. [The gentleman here referred to was a Mr John Shirlaw, who left his employers on Saturday the 22d ultimo, on an eight-day's pleasure excursion through the North and West Highlands, and it appears had got as far as Oban on his way homewards when the melancholy event took place. We understand that he was a person who had always conducted himself with great propriety and had been upwards of twelve years in the extensive establishment and never known to be absent an hour without his employer's permission, being sober, attentive and industrious - qualities which made him esteemed by his masters, as well as by a numerous circle of aquaintances, who are now led to mourn his loss. He was unmarried. [[ also see death notices 7th August below ]]

    SUICIDE AT GARELOCH: On Saturday morning last, Mr Robert Buchanan, a master mason, residing in the neighbourhood of Glasgow, and who was employed in erecting a house at the head of Gareloch, committed suicide by walking a short way into the loch and then throwing himself down. He had for a short time past labouring under depression of spitits, and about seven o'clock on the above morning eluded the notice of his friends and committed the rash act. He was a most respectable steady man of about thirty-five years of age, in easy circumstances, and was greatly esteemed by his aquaintances. No reason at all can be assigned for the recent change in his mental health. His hat was left on the shore, and on search being made the body was found in a few hours and removed to Glasgow. - Greenock Advertiser.

    7th August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At 294 Duke Street, on the 5th instant, Mrs John Duff, a son.
    MARRIAGES [02]
    At 86(?) North Frederick Street, on the 4th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Struthers, Mr Thomas C Dingle(?), to Mary Ann, youngest daughter of the late Captain Thomas Henry, Leith.

    At P###hill, near Ayr, on the 3d instant, by the Rev. Mr Cathill, Captain Archibald Morris, to Anne, daughter of the late Captain Watson of Ayr.

    At ##ttery Place, Rothesay, on the 3d instant, by the Rev. Mr McNad, Mr James Lyon, Glasgow, to Martha, fifth daughter of James McMillan Esq., wine merchant there.

    At 14 Bon-Accord Street, Aberdeen, on the 2d instant, by the Rev. A.D. Davidson, Mr David Miller, architect, to Janet, second daughter of John Simpson Esq.
    DEATHS [02]
    At Rosebank, Johnstone, suddenly, on the 6th(?) instant, Joseph Findlay, sen., Esq.

    At Largs, on the 5th instant, Elizabeth Todd, wife of Mr William Ramsay, ironmonger, Glasgow.

    At Glasgow, on the 4th instant, Mr Alexander Kirkwood, late merchant, Campbeltown.

    At 59(?) Thistle Street, Hutchesontown, on the 4th instant, Agnes Butters, aged five years.

    At 18 Great Hamilton Street, on the 3d instant, Helen, daughter of Mr Ross McDougall.

    At the Free manse, Lockerby(?) on the 3d instant, Agnes, aged two years and four months, only daughter of the Rev. Thomas Duncan.

    At Carrick-House, Ayr, on the 3d instant, aged eighty-six years, Mrs Anne Cunninghame of Monkreddin, relict of the Rev. John Monteath, DD, minister of the united parishs of Houston and Killellan.

    On the 25th ultimo, aged forty-eight years, Mr Robert Aitken of Craiglane, parish of Cumbernauld.

    At Dublin, on the 2d instant, aged twenty-two years, Alexander Frederick, second son of Alexander Parker, Rathmison(?).

    FATAL ACCIDENT: On Tuesday last, a melancholy ac cident occurred in Glenbeg, on a steep part of the road that leads from Lochgoilhead to Cairndow. A person of the name Peter McCallum, in the employment of James Henry Callendar Esq., of Ardkinglas, was found dead under his cart, which had been precipitated from the road, and overturned, the wheels thrown off, and the horse so entangled as to be unable to extricate himself. McCallum was a quiet, inoffensive man, and has left a widow and family to lament his loss. - Greenock Advertiser.

    THE ACCIDENT AT OBAN: We noticed in our last the accidental and deeply regretted death of Mr John Shirlaw, at Oban. Since then his remains have been conveyed to Carluke, and attended by his relatives, many of his Glasgow friends, and his employers, were consigned to that narrow house appointed for all living, amidst feelings better to be conceived than expressed. [[ also see death notices 4th August ]]

    11th August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At Blairlogie, on the 7th instant, Mrs King, wife of the Rev. Dr. King of Glasgow, a daughter.

    At Levengrove House, Dumbartonshire, on the 6th instant, the lady of W.C. Steele Esq., advocate, a daughter.

    At 29 North Portland Street, on the 10th instant, Mrs William Bonten(?), a son.

    At Edwin Place, on the 9th instant, Mrs James Anderson, a daughter.

    At 125 Hospital Street, Hutchensonstown, on the 9th instant, Mrs James Bow, a son.

    At Langside Cottage, on the 8th instant, Mrs Thomas Hill, a daughter.

    At 25 Bridge Street, on the 7th instant, Mrs John Fulton, jun., a son.
    MARRIAGES [02]
    At Glasgow, on the 8th instant, Henry Ward Esq, solicitor, London, to Mary Dalglish, daughter of Alexander Morrison Esq., of Be###hill.

    At Cumbrae, on the 9th instant, by the Rev. Alexander Marshall, Mr Alexander B Dow of Ryegate, Vermont, U.S., to Jane, second daughter of Mr James Crawford, farmer, Cumbrae.

    At Kilmarnock, on the 8th instant, by the Rev. DJ Jamieson, RB Anderson Esq., merchant, Edinburgh, to Jane, eldest daughter of James Smith Esq., merchant, Kilmarnock.

    At Radburs(?) on the 1st instant, by the Rev. Dr. Campbell, Kilwinning, William W Allen(?) Esq., MD, Milngavie, to Jobina Elisabeth, second daughter of George Johnston Esq.

    At Inland Farm, Islay, on the 27th ultimo, by the Rev. Mr Stewart, Mr Robert Aitken, Paisley, to Elisa, eldest daughter of Robert Murray Esq., ship-agent.
    DEATHS [02]
    At 6 South Wellington Street, Glasgow, on the 9th instant, Mr John Rutherford, aged thirty years.

    At Wemyss Bay, on the 9th instant, George Buchanan Esq., Stanley, Perthshire.

    At Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US America, suddenly on the 3d ultimo, Mr John Henderson, editor of the Baton Rouge Gazette, formerly of the Sheriff-Clerk's office, Glasgow.

    At 12 Abbotsford Place, on the 7th instant, James, infant son of Mr James Baird.

    At his father's house, Bankside, on the 9th instant, Captain Gabriel Scott, aged forty years, son of Gabriel Scott Esq., Old Kilpatrick.

    At Govan, on the 6th instant, Mr William Reid, stationer.

    At Midtownfield, on the 7th instant, Robert aged nine years and eight months, eldest son of Mr John McNab.

    At Foxbar, on the 8th instant, Mrs Charles Robertson.

    At 26 New Bridge Street, Ayr, on the 7th instant, Peter Stewart Wsq., late tobacconist.

    Drowned, off St. John, Newfoundland, on the 19th ultimo, by the upsetting of a boat in a squall, Thomas Park, aged twenty-five years, second son of the late Captain Alexander Hall, Greenock.

    Drowned, off St. John. Newfoundland, on the 19th ultimo, Kenneth John, eldest son of Kenneth McLen(?), Esq.

    At Leeds, on the 3d instant, Edward Baines Esq., aged seventy-four years, senior proprietor of the Leeds Mercury.

    FATAL ACCIDENT: A person called Peter Forrester, about 50 years of age, a native of Haddington, was accidentally killed on the Railway now in the course of formation near Auchinleck, on the evening of Monday week. He fell off a waggon, one of the wheels of which passed over his hear, killing him on the spot. He was unmarried. - Ayr Observer.

    THE LATE ACCIDENT TO A SAILING BOAT: In our last we noticed an occurrence by which the Thetis unfortunately had accidentally ran down a sailing boat, between Innerkip [Inverkip] and the Cloch, when four men were drowned. The names of the parties on board, with which we were not then acquainted, are - Duncan Cook, lately a quay policeman, married with six of a family, Colin McFarlane, spirit-dealer, unmarried, Owen Brown, eating-house keeper, married, and one child, and Richard Boyd, seaman, married but no family. The boat had left Greenock on Friday evening for Rothesay for a cargo of herrings.

    OTHER [02]
    EMIGRANTS TO QUEBEC: The Montreal Morning Chronical contains the following paragraph, referring to the safe arrival at Quebec of the barque Rosina, from Greenock, with 250 passengers on board, a large proportion of whom were children:- "The whole of the passengers were in good health. When we say this, we do not require to pass any comments upon the attention to cleanliness enforced by the captain and Dr. Fulton, and at the same time to proper ventilation and fumigation under their joint superin######"

    THE HIGHLAND EMIGRANTS: Yesterday morning, the Erromanga, for Quebec and Montreal, dropped down the Clyde, having on board as many men, women and children of the South Uist Highlanders, whose case was recently noticed by us, as would count about sixty adults. Yesterday afternoon they were inspected at Bowling, by Lieut. Forrest, emigration officer here. Last night, about 90 individuals were embarked on board the Canada, for the same destination. They will leave the Broomielaw by this forenoon's tide. The remainder of the emigrants, numbering fully 100, will sail for Cape Breton, in the ship Lulan. The wife of one of the emigrants was delivered of a child, yesterday, in the shed or barracks in Dale Street, in which the poor people have for some time been accommodated.

    JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT: Pollockshaws District, Renfrewshire. The following cases were tried at a court, held at Pollockshaws, on the 8th instant, by Provost Willox, Thomas South, and Thomas Corbert Esqs., Justices for Renfrewshire, on complaints at the instance of Mr Hector, District Fiscal.
    David Thompson, accused of theft of a velvet bag and some silver coins, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty days' imprisonment.
    William McLean, James McLean, James Lang and James Brownlie, accused of several acts of assault and disturbance of the public peace at Newton of Mearns, on the night of the 7th July last, pleaded not guilty, and after a long proof, William McLean was convicted and fined £2, or to suffer forty days' imprissonment, James McLean and James Brownlie were fined in 15s each, or twenty days' imprisonment, and the libel was found not sufficiently proven against James Lang.
    Richard Mitchell accused of theft of clothes from a hedge at Clincart farm-house, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment.
    Charles Robinson, accused of attacking and using threatening and abusive language to Dr. Godgert, inspector of the poor of Pollock parish, and creating great disturbance. Pleaded guilty, but in respect of his long confinement before that, was sentenced only to seven days' imprisonment in Pollockshaws prison.
    William Stevenson, accused of theft of clothes from the dwelling-house of Mr Crawford at Wellmeadow, Mearns, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to twenty days' imprisonment.
    John Kenedy accused of assault by striking and beating with a pick, and severely injuring Robert Williamson, within the coal pit at Potter-field, pleaded guilty to striking and beating with pick shaft, but not effusion of blood, and this plea being accepted by the prossecutor, Kennedy, was fined 10s 6d, or to suffer ten days' imprisonment.
    Charles Lappen, accused of two acts of theft of pieces of printers blankets from Thornliebank works, pleaded not guilty, but after evidence was led, Lappen was convicted of one of the charges of reset, and was sentenced to twenty days' imprisonment.
    William McLean and James Crombie, accused of assaulting, striking and severely maltreating and injuring George McVean, wright at Pollockshaws, in the house of John Bryson, at Newton of Mearns, on the 7th July instant, pleaded not guilty, and after evidence was led, the Justices found the complaint not suffiently proved.
    John McGileray, accused of several acts of assault and disturbance of the peace, pleaded guilty to one charge of assault, and this plea being accepted, he was fined 10s, 6d., or to be imprissoned ten days in Pollockshaws prison.
    Margery Canning, accused of attacking, assaulting, seizing by the hair of the head, and strinking and severly injuring Susan Divine in Bleaching Stove at Newlandsfield and disturbing the workers, pleaded guilty and was fined 10s, 6d., or to be imprisoned seven days in Pollockshaws prison.
    William McKenzie, accused of assault and breach of the peace, examined and commited for trial.

    14th August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At 97 Union Street, on the 13th instant, Mrs David Auchinvale, a son.

    At 96(?) Montrose Street, on the 13th instant, Mrs Wilson Robertson, a son.

    At 14 Ure Place, Montrose Street, on the 11th instant, the wife of the Rev. T Fergusson, jun., a daughter.
    DEATHS [02]
    DUMBARTON - BODIES FOUND: On Thursday morning the body of a man, apparently of middle age, was picked up in the Clyde, opposite Dumbarton. It appeared to have been some days in the water. From papers found in the pockets of the deceased, it was ascertained that his name was J Wilson, and that he was master of the lighter 'Industry', belonging to Paisley. On the same day two of the artillerymen belonging to the Castle discovered the body of a new-born infant lying on the roadside near Dumbuck. Life was quite extinct, but no marks of violence were apparent. The case is under i8nvestigation.

    A MAN DROWNED AT LEVEN: A very melancholy occurrence happened here on Tuesday last week which threw a gloom over this place. A young man of the name of Nicol Thomson, about 18 years of age, who was employed at Durie Foundry, had, along with some others at the work, entered the Leven during his dinner hour for the purpose of bathing. It being the time of the flowing of the tide, the river was full and the water muddy. He had been but a short time in the river when he sunk. It is supposed he had been seized with cramp, as he suddenly disappeared. No assistance could be lent in order to save his life, the water being so dark that his body could not be seen through it. A boat was promptly secured and search was made, when, after some time, his lifeless body was found. The unfortunate youth was remarkable for his exemplary conduct and his sudden and unlooked-for departure from this stage of existance has created much grief in this quarter. - Fifeshire Journal.

    DEATH BY DROWNING: We regret to state that a man who has left a widow and six children, of the name of Joseph Anderson, a native of Ayrshire, who had a job - a deep cutting, at Arbigland, in the parish of Kirkbean, while on his way from Arbigland by Carsethorn, on the 22d ultimo, to Dumfries, where he had appointed to meet his wife, instead of keeping by the road from Carsethorn by Kirkbean village, having taken a short cut by the sands, towards the farm of Brickhouse, was overtaken by the deceitful tides of the Solway, and was drowned. His body was found next morning by the farm servant's of Brickhouse, lying out far in the sands, near the channel of the entrance of the river. £7, 7s, 4d and his watch were found in his pockets. ON recovery of his body, express was sent to Dumfries, to the widow, who had come hither, from Thornhill, on Saturday, to meet him, and on Monday she was at Kirkbean, so see the remains of her husband decently interred in the church-yard of the place. - Dumfries Courier.

    FATAL ACCIDENT: On Monday morning, as John Graham, a notorious poacher in the south of Scotland was in Falahill Inn, lighting his pipe, something caught the trigger of a gun which was lying on the table, and it exploded. The contents lodged in Graham's knee, and he was immediately sent to the Edinburgh Infirmary. On his arrival it was found that he had died from loss of blood, the artery not having been tied before he was placed in the cart to be conveyed to the hospital. Graham was the same man who, about a year ago, was pursued several weeks by a Sheriff-officer, and apprehended in Fife with a stolen gun in his possession, and who, while in the act of being brought across the Forth, pretended to want a shot at some ducks, and having obtained the gun, threw it into the sea, and thus escaped punishment for want of proof. [01]

    MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT: On Tuesday morning, about seven o'clock, a cloth cap having been found by the day watchman at Martinton-ford, the railway labourers employed at the bridge, now building over the Nith there searched the river with grappling-irons, and drew up the lifeless body of a young man lying in the coffer-dam. On being taken out, and conveyed to the smithy adjoining, it was recognised as that of Mr John Graham, son of the late Mr. Graham, farmer, Callside, in this parish. As nearly as can be ascertained, the unfortunate youth was drowned under the following circumstances:- Of late he has been residing with a relation, near Holywood Village, and had come to Dumfries on Monday last, where he was seen at a late hour. Wishing to proceed homewards by the shortest route, he had tried the dangerous experiment od crossing the Nith by the wooden gangway attached to the mason work of the bridge, the piers of which are not yet finished. It would have been somewhat difficult to effect a passange during the day, at night it was doubly perilous, and it is little to be wondered at that Mr. Graham lost his footing and fell. Has the coffer-dam been dry, he might have been severly bruised, but would probably have escaped a watery grave, but as it was quite filled by the flood of the swollen river, he was not so fortunate. The desceased was unmarried. - Dumfries Herald.

    18th August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At 11 Greenlaw Place, on the 15th instant, Mrs James Thomson, a daughter.

    At 41 Castle Street, on the 15th instant, Mrs William Jardine, a son.

    At 22 Great Hamilton Street, on the 14th instant, Mrs James McFarlane, a daughter.

    At 104 North Hanover Street, on the 14th instant, Mrs James Dawson, a daughter.

    At Kirkton, East Kilbride, on the 16th instant, Mrs Tennent, a son.

    At the James Watt Inn, Greenock, on the 16th instant, Mrs Robert Winton, a daughter.

    At Mar Place, Stirling, on the 5th instant, the wife of the Rev. Alexander Matheson, minister of Kippen, a son.

    In Argyllshire, on the 10th instant, Mrs Campbell of Kilberry, a son.

    At Curson Street, Mayfair, London, on the 11th instant, the Lady Beaumont, a son and heir.
    MARRIAGES [02]
    At 1 Fitzroy Place, on the 15th instant, by the Rev. Dr. King, Mr Patrick Robertson, merchant, to Margaret Jane, daughter of Thomas H Slater, Esq., merchant, Glasgow.

    At 42 Hope Street, on the 17th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Robson, Mr James Galbraith, farmer, Blairannish, Kilmaronock, to Anne, eldest daughter of the late James McIntyre Esq.

    At 198 St. Vincent Street, on the 15th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Buchanan Patrick Playfair Esq., to Georgiana, daughter of the late John Muir Esq.

    At 145 Sauchiehall Street, on the 15th instant, by the Rev. William Arnot of St. Peter's, Mr John D Wilson, to Jane, eldest daughter of the Rev. Alexander Laing, Southend, Campbeltown, and relict of Dr. Joseph Orr, Helensburgh.

    At 21 Canning Street, Calton, on the 15th instant, by the Rev. Alexander Duncan, Mr Robert Kippen, merchant, to Agnes, second daughter of Mr James Murray.

    At Mauchline, on the 14th instant, by the Rev. James Fairlie, John Mitchell Esq., cloth merchant, to Margaret, daughter of the late Mr William McGavin, blacksmith, Haugh.
    DEATHS [02]
    At 17 South Portland Street, on the 17th instant, Miss Elspet Watson, aged twenty-one years.

    At 70 Buccleuch Street, on the 16th instant, Anne, youngest daughter of the late Thomas Cole, Esq., of London.

    At 3 Abbotsford Place, on the 14th instant, John Brown, infant son of Mr James Craig.

    At 3 Killermont Street, on the 13th instant, Elizabeth McIssac, relict of Captain Daniel McGill, Campbeltown.

    At 48 Tobago Street, Calton, Glasgow, on the 14th instant, John McColl Esq., eldest son of the late John McColl Esq., Mingary, Ardnamurchan.

    At Grougar-Mains, Kilmarnock, on the 16th instant, Mr John Murdoch.

    At Stonelaw Cottage, near Rutherglen, on the 12th instant, James, aged eleven years, third son of Mr James Park.

    At Millport, on the 13th instant, suddenly, Mr William Paterson, parochial schoolmaster of Houston, in the fifty-third year of his age.

    At Nicholson Street, Greenock, on the 13th instant, John Crawford Esq., of her Majesty's Customs.

    At Minnyhive Manse, Dumfries-shire, on the 7th instant, after a short illness, the Rev. James McGeoch, in the fifty-eighth year of his age, and the thirty-first of his ministry.

    At Edinburgh, on the 16th instant, Mr James Fernie, Bank of Scotland.

    At 1 Vanburgh Place, Leith, on the 15th instant, Mrs Alexander.

    At Leven, on the 14th instant, Williamson, aged eight months, third son of Robert Rhind Esq., Albany Street, Edinburgh.

    MELANCHOLY DEATH BY LIGHTNING: On Tuesday last while the severe thunder-storm which raged over Dumfries-shire was at its height, a shepherd on the farm of Moodlaw, Eskdalemuir, named James Beattie, who was on the hills looking after his sheep, was struck by the lightning and killed on the spot. The unfortunate deceased was in the prime of life and highly esteemed in the district. He has left a widow and four children. On the same day, the lightning entered a house in the parish of Dunscore, and struck down a female; she remained insensible for some time, but on her recovery, it was found that she had sustained no injury. - Dumfries Courier.

    DEATH OF DAVID BUCHANAN ESQ.: We announce with regret the death of David Buchanan Esq., editor of the Edinburgh Courant. Although for some years in a delicate state of health, Mr Buchanan conducted the journal with which he was connected up till the period of his decease. His death, which was sudden and unexpected, took place early on Sunday morning last in the house of his son-in-law, Mr Duff, engineer, Glasgow, whither he had gone on Friday. Mr Buchanan... contributed some very able articles to the Edinburgh Review shortly after the commencement of that periodical... the first literary effort was a pamphlet published in 1806 or 1807 showing the innefficiency of the colunteer system of Pitt. ... Mr Buchanan came to Edinburgh about the end of the year 1808 and started a weekly newspaper called the Weekly Register. This paper, although conducted with much ability, only lived about a twelvemonth. His services were then trabsferred to the Caledonian Mercury, which he edited from 1810 to 1827. A vacancy having occured in the latter year in the management of the Courant ... he has been upwards of 21 years in connection with that paper. ... Mr Buchanan was, we understand, in the 70th year of his age, being born in 1779. He was a man of the most unobtrusive habits, mild and gentle in his demeanour... [01]

    ACCIDENT AT THE BROOMIELAW: On Monday last, while William McAlpine, second mate of the barque Culdee, lying at the Broomielaw, was engaged in painting a part of the vessel, he accidentally lost his seat and fell into the river, from which he was only taken out dead, after a search which last about three quarters on an hour.

    MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT: On Tuesday night an accident of a very distressing character, and followed by fatal consequences, occurred on trhe Greenock and Inverkip Road. Mr Duncan McDougall, s respectable grocer in Greenock, had gone down to Inverkip on horseback in the afternoon, and when there met with two gentlemen who had arrived in a gig from Largs. After spending a short time in Mr. Main's inn, Mr. McDougall remounted his horse to ride home, and the two gentlemen, one of whom belongs to Glasgow, followed him in their gig. About two miles out of Innerkip, they found Mr McDougall lying on the ground beside his horse, with a freightful gash in the back part of his head, from which the blood was flowing profusely. They spoke to him, but he was quite speechless. One of his friends immediately hastened back to Innerkip, and informed Mr Main of the occurrence, who forthwith got a surgeon, and sent a noddy with two men to take charge of Mr. McDougall. On coming up to the spotwhere he lay, they placed him in the noddy, and had him conveyed to his own house in Greenock. He never spoke, however, and breathed his last on Wednesday forenoon about ten or eleven o'clock. He has left a widow and a numerous family. - Mail.
    OTHER [02]
    We observe from the Montreal Chronicle of the 22d ultimo, that the passengers from Glasgow, by the barque 'Blonde' have presented to Captain Crawford a most flattering address, conveying their thanks to him for his uniform courtesy and kindness to them during the voyage. At the same time a piece of silver plate, bearing the following inscription was presented by the passengers, along with the address:- "Presented to Capt. Crawford, of the 'Blonde' by the passengers from Glasgow to Quebec, in testimony of his unremitting kindness and courtesy." - Quebec 19th July 1848."

    21st August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At 40 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, on the 19th instant, Mrs RS Monteith, a son.

    At 167 West Regent Street, on the 19th instant, Mrs James Cairns, a daughter.

    At the Royal Botanic Garden,on the 18th instant, Mrs Murray, a daughter.

    At Laurel Bank, Partick, on the 17th instant, Mrs Campbell, a daughter.

    At Albert Place, Airdrie, on the 17th instant, Mrs William Simpson, a daughter.

    At Bonhill House, Dumbartonshire, on the 18th instant, Mrs Joseph Turnbull, a son.

    At Apiary Cottage, Jamestown, Dumbartonshire, on the 13th instant, Mrs William Cunningham, a daughter.

    At the schoolhouse of Mearns, on the 15th instant, the wife of Mr James Hunter, parochial schoolmaster, a son.
    MARRIAGES [02]
    At Gorbals, Glasgow, on the 16th instant, by the Rev. Robert Houston, Mr David Low, plumber and lead merchant, Glasgow, to Jane, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Walton, St. Andrews.

    At Ladyland House, Ayrshire, on the 18th instant, by the Rev. John Orr, minister of Kilbirnie, Captain Robert Wylie Wilson, to Janet Glasgow, youngest daughter of the late William Cochran Esq., of Ladyland.

    At Lanyinch, Cupar Fife, on the 16th instant, by the Rev. James Cochrane of Cupar, the Rev. John Gilchrist, minister of Dunbog, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Captain James Mitchell.
    DEATHS [02]
    At 2 Bellgrove Street, on the 19th instant, Mr Robert Menzies, flesher.

    At 76 Gallowgate, on the 19th instant, Ann, aged three years and five months, daughter of Mr Alexander Robertson, wine and spirit merchant.

    At Partick, on the 18th instant, Mr John Wilson, sen., baker and flour merchant.

    At 29 North Portland Street, on the 15th instant, Alexander Miller, aged fifteen months, infant son of Mr Thomas McCarthur.

    At her daughter's house, Cumbernauld, on the 18th instant, Christina Fisher, relict of the late James Watson Esq.

    At Gourock, on the 17th instant, of croup, Mary Reid Blair, aged three and a half years, daughter of Mr Alexander Wiseman, Bridge Street, Glasgow.

    At Kilwinning, on the 19th instant, Marion, daughter of Mr. John Todd.

    At Waterloo Cottage, Greenock, suddenly, on the 16th instant, Mr Duncan Macdougall, grocer.

    At East Dougliehill, parish of Port Glasgow, on the 16th instant, Mrs William Smithie.

    At Whitehall, Aberdeen, on the 14th instant, Mrs Stephen Youden, aged forty-five years.

    DEATH OF AN OLD CAMPAIGNER: We have to record this week the death of a well-known residenter and a gallant servant of his country - Sergeant John Kennedy of the 79th Regiment of Foot, who died on Monday last, in the 62d year of his age. Few men have been engaged in such a brilliant career of military services - in the prosperous as well s in the adverse fortunes of war - as Mr Kennedy. He was born in Renfrew in 1786 and entered the army in 1804. He fought at Corunna in 1808, Busaco in 1810, Fuentes d'Onor and Salamanca in 1811, in the Pyrenees (where he was wounded in the left leg), Nivelle and Nive in 1813, Toulouse in 1814 (where he was wounded in the right arm), and at Waterloo in 1813. He was at the dreadful seige of Copenhagen in 1807, and at the seiges of Flushing in 1809, of Cadiz in 1811 and of Burgos (where he was wounded in the right leg) in 1812. He served in the campaigns of Denmark in 1807, of Portugal and Spain in 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812 and 1813, of Spain and the south of France in 1814, of France and the Netherlands in 1815, and of France in 1816, 1817 an 1818. The Seargeant wore various medals for good soldierly conduct, desides the meadal of Waterloo. On the anniversary of that glorious victory, which established the liberties of Europe, Seargent Kennedy annually fired several discharges of cannon from the Moathill, and well does this gallant veteran deserve this feeble tribute to his metits - the farewell shot which we fire over his honoured grave. - Fifeshire Journal.

    MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT AT DALRY: It is with unfeigned regret that we have record the following melancholy particulars of an accident which befel a gentleman, who, in every sense, was much esteemed by all who had the honour of his aquaintance. Mr James Patrick, factor on Blair estate, accompanied by his cousin, Mr David Patrick of Dalry, and a gamekeeper, set out on Monday morning, on a shooting excursion. About noon they reached a place, ten miles from Dalry, called Blairpark Moor, when, as Mr James Patrick was walking a short distance before his cousin, that gentleman's gun, which was on full cock, by some unhappy accident went off, and the contents were lodged in the calf of Mr Patrick's leg, fatally lacerating the main artery. The young man who had driven the parties to the spot was instantly despatched to Largs (about three miles distant) for medical aid, but before this arrived, all human effort was unavailing. The wounded gentleman having been, immediately after the accident, conveyed to Blairpark House, in a very exhausted state, only survived about four hours. It is impossible to describe the feelings of his heart-broken relative, who was the innocent cause of this most melancholy event. As we have said, Mr Patrick was a gentleman of high character, and much beloved by all who knew him. - Kilmarnock Journal.

    25th August 1848


    BIRTHS [02]
    At Kinning House, on the 26th instant, Mrs James Howie, a son.

    At 144 West Campbell Street, on the 27th instant, Mrs Alexander Rae, a son.

    At 12 Warwick Street, on the 27th instant, Mrs John McLeod, a daughter.

    At 2 North Ure Place, on the 26th instant, Mrs John Oatis, a son.

    At 169 Hill Street, Garnethill, on the 24th instant, Mrs Robert Lindsay, a son, still-born.

    At Green Street, Calton, on the 24th instant, Mrs William Cochran, a daughter.

    At Coatbridge, on the 26th instant, Mrs John Lumsden, a son.

    At 502 Gallowhill Street, on the 19th instant, Mrs Robert Robin, a son.

    At Nitshill, on the 15th instant, Mrs D Dove, a daughter.
    MARRIAGES [02]
    At 3 Bridge Street, on the 25th instant, by the Rev. John Graham, Mr James Dempster, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr James Irvine, umbrella and parasol manufacturer.

    At Glasgow, on the 23d instant, by the Rev. William Kideton, DD, Mr James Miller, to Helen, only daughter of Mr George Fotheringham, Dunfermline.

    At the Bowden Downs Chapel, near Manchester, on the 24th instant, by the Rev. JE Giles of Sheffield, John Sands Esq., merchant, London, to Maria, youngest daughter of Joseph L####, Esq., of Richmond Holl, Bowden, Cheshire.
    DEATHS [02]
    At Ben Air Eastate, on the 10th July last, John D Gilbert Esq., fifth son of the late Captain William Gilbert, 53d(?) Regiment, Light Infantry.

    At 203 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, on the 26th instant, Mrs Francis Curtis, relict of the late James McDowall Esq., Argyll Terrace, Rothesay.

    At his house, 4 Steel Street, on the 26th instant, Mr William McCurtain, wine and spirit merchant, aged thirty years.

    At Ash-Tree Cottage, Gairlochhead, on the 25th instant, Grace Walker, wife of Mr John McGregor, tobacconist, Glasgow.

    At Fountainhall, on the 25th instant, Elizabeth Denniston, wife of the Rev. S Robertson, Free Church, P####ltland.

    At North Street, Airdrie, suddenly, on the 23d instant, Agnes Paul, aged seventy-one, relict of Mr John Hamilton, portioner.

    At Rothesay, on the 23d instant, John, infant son of Mr Peter Niven, manager, Househill.

    At Irvine, on the 24th instant, Mr JohnHamilton, in the eightieth year of his age.

    At Cairo, on the 24th ultimo, of cholera, Dr. Robert Anderson, eldest son of Thomas Anderson Esq., banker, Hamilton.

    On his passage home, via New York, on the 8th instant, Mr William McCulloch of Vera Cruz.

    BODY FOUND: On the afternoon of Saturday last, one of the watchmen on the harbour, near the Liverpool sheds, observed the body of a man flating in the river. He had it immediately brought on shore, where it was identified as the body of a man named Robert Marshall, an engineer on board the steam-tug Vigilant. He had been amissing for upwards of a week, Deceased was given over to his relatives.

    MAN DROWNED: On Friday afternoon, a distressing event occurred at the New Basin, Port-Dundas. While Henry Waddie, a seaman on board of the Mulgrave, of Berwick, was in the act of stepping from that vessel into a small boat at her stern, he fell into the Canal, and although every effort for his rescue was immediately made, some time had elapsed before he was got out, when it was found that life was quite extinct. The body was conveyed to the station-house, and was subsequently taken in charge by the master of the Mulgrave. The deceased was about 37 years of age, and was a native of Berwick.

    PAISLEY - THE EARL OF CATHCART: We observe that an elegant Gothic monument has just been erected in the south transept of the Abbey, over the family burial-place of the Earl of Cathcart. The work, which is beautifully and shastely designed, has been executed by Mr. Mossman, sculptor, Glasgow. It consists of a large tabley surrounded b y Gothic ornaments, surmounted by the arms of the noble house of Cathcart, and flanked by two smaller tablets similarly decorated. In the centre tablet is the following inscription:- "In memory of William Schaw Cathcart, Earl, Viscount, and Baron Cathcart, Baron Greenock - born 17th September 1755, died 16th June 1843, and Elizabeth Elliot, the Countess of Cathcart, his beloved wife - born 6th October 1862, died 14th December 1847, and of Augustus Sophia cathcart, their youngest daughter - born 25th November 1799, died 18th November 1846, whose mortal remains here repose. This stone is erected Anno Domini 1848". We also observe that, near the same spot, a neat plain tabley, surmounted by a sand-glass, has been erected, by the above-named sculptor, over the grave, and in memory of the young and lamented George Houston, yr, of Johnstone Castle, late M.P. for Renfrewshire. It bears the inscription - "George Houston, only child of Ludovic Houston, and Ann Stirling of Kippendavie - born 31st July 1810, died 14th September 1843."

    THE LATE DREADFUL GALE: ... about ten o'clock the night was as dark as pitch, not a star was to be seen in the heavens, and a strong gale from S.S.E. sprung up, accompanied with drizzling rain.The gale continued to gather strength till midnight, at which time it blew with tremendous fury, the rain falling in torrents... One boat belonging to Aberdeen, however, we lament to say, was seen far off the land, labouring heavily, being deeply laden with fish, and as she is still unaccounted for, there remains but too much reason to fear that she has been swamped, and her crew perished. Their names are - Herman Allen, a widower, with two children; Masson, Thomas Smith and __ Baxter, who all leave wives and families to lament their loss. ... one of the Portlethen boats, which was fishing off Stonehaven, was less fortunate. She ran northward, intending to take the Cove of Nigg, but just when near its entrance, a heavy sea struck her and threw her upon the rocks, sweeping overboard one of her men, who unfortunately perished. The rest of the crew, with the exception of the captain, jumped upon the rocks, and managed to escape, but it appears that when the boat struck, the captain had been thrown from his seat into the bottom of the vessel, when the nets and fish, having been capsised, fell abobe him, and renderedfruitless his efforts to extricate himself. He was found dead in this situation a few hours afterwards. The two men were brothers, and are named Joseph Craig and Alexander Craig, the former leaving a widow and six children, the latter a widow and two children to lament the untimely fate of their husbands and fathers.

    Peterhead - The names so far as ascertained, of those who perished off this harbour are - James Wedderburn, Peterhead; John Cowie (Bullen), Buckie; his sons, John Cowie and James Cowie; Hector McRae, West Highlands; John Kennedy, West Highlands; Alexander Reid (Bo), Portgordon; John Reid, his son, Portgordon; A Wilson, residence unknown: - Deans, residence unknown; unknown, Highlands; Geddes (Pum), Buckie; Alexander Cowie (Sanick), Buckie; John Reid, Buckie; Rory McKinnon, Highlands; unknown, Highlands; Alexander McLeod (Miller), Dunbeath, Latheron; John Ross, Kilmuir, Portree; Donald Sutherland, East Brora.

    Wick - The accounts from the opposite shores of the Moray Firth are perfectly appalling... with the greatest loss has been sustained. As affording some precise information, a gentleman in Aberdeen received a letter from a friend at Wick, dated Saturday evening, in which he says - "The loss has been dreadful; there are about 40 to 50 men drowned, of whom we have knowledge, all fisherman. but great numbers of the boats are accounted for, and the town is in a state of distraction which I am altogether unable to describe."


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