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Photocopy of precognition and indictment of Hector MacDonald of Kirkapol/Earnal for the murder of his wife, Jane Seaton.

Description of the murder of Jane Seaton by her husband, Hector MacDonald in February 1857, the evidence against him and a list of witnesses and their testimony. MacDonald was convicted and given a life sentence at Inveraray Court of Justiciary in April 1857. He was then held in Inveraray Jail until his transportation with 282 other convicts to Western Australia in August 1858. Their ship, Edwin Fox, arrived in November of the same year.

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Photocopied precognititon and indictment of six Tiree men for theft, pillaging, plundering, stouthrief and assault in March 1934.

(1) Account of the shipwreck and looting of its cargo by the inhabitants of Tiree, the stabbing of watchman Archibald MacNeill of Hough in the leg and the outcome of the trial. (2) Description of the charges against John Beaton, Archibald Kennedy, Donald MacMillan, Malcolm MacMillan, Peter MacDonald and James Black, a list of witnesses and their testimony.