East Lothians Criminals

Another interesting item found while preparing for our move – a criminal register for Haddington from 1894-1901.

As well as giving us an insight into crimes and criminals in the town, the amount of information given in the volume makes it a fantastic resource for family and social history.

The volume gives the name of the criminal and offence committed as you would expect but then also goes on to give their address, occupation, height, detailed physical description, age, place of birth, details of their education, references to previous convictions, and name of the arresting officer – a wealth of information indeed!

In the remarks column it can sometimes tell us if further action was taken. For example Euphemia Mowbray a homeless Hawker from Englandwas allowed away without punishmnet if she promised to leave the town within half an hour.

In some cases it is possible to trace the lives of some entrants over a few years Agnes Robertson for example is first arrested for theft in November 1896. Her occupation is given as an outworker and she resides at Sunnyside. She is arrested another 8 times over the next 5 years for various offences. The entries tell us that she lost her job and her home – possibly as a result of her crimes. Interestingly though she is recorded as being 43 in 1896, 61 in 1899 and 57 in 1901 – perhaps her years as a vagrant had taken their toll on her once ‘fresh’ complexion!

And we are off…

Since the last posting from Edinburgh City Archives here on Lothian Lives, we have been incredibly busy packaging up our records ready for the big move to our new out-of-town repository. 

In one very long and dusty day, we packaged up and made ready for transportation over 4500 items. These records have now made their way to the premises of Riley Dunn & Wilson who will make them all clean and presentable once more!

We are now left with the prospect of still having to package and move at least 10 times this volume of records from our existing premises into our shiny new one! This is going to be a mammoth task and will take several weeks to accomplish. Therefore I wish to remind everyone that our public searchroom will be closed from the 28th July until Tuesday 11th October 2011 to allow us to undertake this operation.

It has been over 18 months in the planning and we are all excited that the moving date is finally here. Our next posting will hopefully be to let you know that everything has been successfully moved, along with some images of our new repository.

Royal Visit to Midlothian 1961

Queen Elizabeth II at Bonnyrigg









Midlothian Local Studies holds two albums of photographs covering the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to Midlothian on 29 June 1961. One of these was compiled by the local police force.

Queen Elizabeth II at Dalkeith



In beautiful summer weather, the Royal visitors had a full and hectic day. They made their first stop at Danderhall School and then to Dalkeith where they were welcomed by the local provost.

The next halt was at Bonnyrigg carpet factory and then to Newbattle Abbey where they were entertained to lunch by Midlothian County Council.





In the afternoon, the Royal party passed through Newtongrange and Gorebridge before heading toTemple where they were shown a new housing estate. When entering one of the houses, the Queen was ‘shot’ by the five-year-old daughter of the house, much to her mother’s dismay but to the Queen’s amusement.

From Temple, the route continued to Penicuik where the Queen planted a tree to commemorate her visit. Then it was onto to Rosslyn Chapel which so intrigued the visitors that they stayed longer than expected and almost wrecked the day’s schedule. Several Royal visitors had stopped at the enigmatic chapel before, such as King George V in 1931.

Queen Elizabeth II at Penicuik









Queen Elizabeth II at Loanhead Park














Finally the party went to Loanhead where the Queen unveiled a memorial in the local park and visited Mactaggart Scotts engineering works. The whole day went almost without a hitch. Preparations had been made for weeks in advance. It was said that anybody who stood still for a couple of seconds was likely to be freshly painted.