Transcript of Inventory of Precognition against John McMillan and Donald MacPhail on charges of Housebreaking and Theft at the house of Niel Kennedy at Balevullin in December 1859. £10 was stolen from Kennedy’s house during the burglary.
Statements are provided by:
Henry Nisbet (Tobermory Procurator Fiscal)
John MacMillan (fisherman, Balevullin)
Niel Kennedy (fisherman, Balevullin)
Donald Cameron (boatman, Kilmoluaig)
Niel Kennedy (police constable, Balevullin)
John Kennedy (Balevullin)
Donald McPhail (fisherman, Kilmoluaig)
Mary Maclean or McKinnon (wife of Donald McKinnon, Balevullin)
Marion Cameron or McMillan (wife of John McMillan, Balevullin)
Catherine Maclean (sister of Mary Maclean, Scarinish)
Archibald McMillan (son of John McMillan, Balevullin)
Peter Macdonald (teacher, Balevullin)
Donald Lamont (cottar, Balevullin)
Flora McLean or McMillan (wife of Niel McMillan, Balevullin)
Archibald Cameron (fisherman, Balevullin)
Donald Maclean (tenant, Scarinish)
Finlay Fraser (police constable, Scarinish)
Dugald MacCallum (Kilmoluaig)
Allan Cameron (sergeant of police, Tobermory)
Many of the statements were originally given in Gaelic but are transcribed in English. William Robertson, Esquire Sheriff Substitute of Argyllshire, writes that John McMillan’s statement was given in the Gaelic language and translated into English by the Judge Examiner, and then read back to the defendant in Gaelic.
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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.