to six months imprisonment in Aberdeen jail.

John Smith, David Watt, and John Rit chie, likewise accused of assaulting and deforcing revenue officers, were called to the bar. Ritchie having failed to appear, had sentence of fugitation passed upon him; Smith and Watt pleaded Guilty, and were sentenced to six months imprisonment in the tolbooth of Aberdeen.

- John Robertson, from Banff, accused of breaking into the shop of Messrs John Chal mers and Co. Banff, and stealing a number of valuable articles, was found Guilty on the clearest evidence. He was sentenced to be hanged on the 6th of June. He is a very young man. Since respited.

Janet Reid, accused of murdering an infant, was tried with shut doors. The Jury found the charge not proven, and she was dismissed, after a severe admonition from Lord Reston.

John Clark, jun. diker at Nether Ruth. ven, and John Coutts, labourer there, were accused of the culpable homicide of the now deceased John Clark, lately farmer at Wester Knowhead in the parish of Tarland, or of assaulting and beating the deceased to the great effusion of his blood. A number of witnesses were examined, both for the Crown and the pannels. The Jury having retired for a few minutes, returned with a verdict, finding the pannels Guilty actors art and part of the assault libelled; but in respect it was unpremeditated and slight, they recommended the pannels to the lenity of the Court. The Court stated that they were so far influenced by the Jury's recommendation, and sentenced the pannels to three inonths imprisonment.

Inverness, April 29 and 30.

John Petrie, accused of housebreaking and theft, was brought to the bar, and, on the motion of the Advocate-Depute, the diet was deserted pro loco et temporc, and the pannel recommitted on a new warrant.

Barbara Mackay was next brought to the bar, accused of housebreaking and theft, and being found Guilty, after a most impressive and feeling address by Lord Pitmilly, she was sentenced to be confined in the jail of Inverness until the 13th day of June next, and to be then taken to the common place of execution, and hanged. Since respited.

Sentence of outlawry was then pronounced, for non-appearance, against John Forbes, Fochabers, accused of an assault on one of his Majesty's leges.

Robt. Dempster, late merchant in Nairn, was next put to the bar, accused of beating and assaulting Mr Robert Bain, writer in Elgin, in the house of Mrs Maclean, vint

ner in Forres, on 13th January, to the effusion of his blood and danger of his life, without provocation. The pannel having pleaded Guilty, the Jury returned a verdict, finding him Guilty in terms of his own confession, and he was sentenced to six months imprisonment in the tolbooth of Elgin (that of Nairn being deemed insufficient,) and to find security to keep the peace for three years thereafter, under a penalty of £.100.

John Strachan, brought to the bar, ac cused of five different acts of theft, in the town and neighbourhood of Inverness, pleaded Guilty; the Jury found a verdict ci Guilty, in terms of his own confession, and the public prosecutor having restricted the libel to an arbitrary punishment, he was sentenced to 14 years transportation beyond seas.

William Fraser, alias Mackenzie, and his son Simon Fraser, were indicted for theft, and reset of theft, but the latter not ap pearing, he was outlawed. William Fraser was found Guilty; and, after some sa lutary admonitions as to his future conduct, the prisoner was sentenced to three months imprisonment in the jail of Inverness.

James Chisholm and Roderick Cameron were brought to the bar, charged with assaulting and deforcing revenue officers; and having pleaded Not Guilty, a proof was led. Three officers, Duncan M'Laren, Donald Kennedy, and Donald Mackay, being seve rally examined, had gone, on the evening of the 6th of March last, to Tomnahurich street, in consequence of information that smuggled whisky had been taken in from Strathglass, and lodged in a tippling-house there. While M'Laren searched the house, the other two officers kept watch without, and saw five or six men, one of whom had an anker on his back. Kennedy made a legal seizure of the anker, but was attacked by the men with sticks and stones, among whom were both the prisoners, and Cameron, a principal in the assault; the man with the anker escaped, and Chisholm was made prisoner, and lodged in jail by the officers. The officers returned in about an hour, accompanied by three others, seized the whisky, and with difficulty made Came. ron prisoner. The evidence was summed up by Lord Pitmilly, and the Jury returned a verdict, finding the pannels Guilty of the crimes libelled. The pannels were sentenced to be imprisoned in the jail of Inverness for six months, and to find security to keep the peace for three years, under the penalty of £.30 each, which the Court desired should be considered as a lenient punishment for the crime of deforcement.

John Ross, tenant in Claggin, parish of Rogart, and county of Sutherland, accused of stealing, from the farm of Rhine, two sheep,

sheep, the property of D. Gilchrist, Esq. of Ospisdale, was brought to the bar, and pleaded "Not Guilty." A Jury having been impannelled, and as the Depute Advocate was proceeding with the examination of witnesses, the pannel retracted his denial, and pleaded Guilly, and he was senrenced to transportation beyond seas for the space of fourteen years.

Helen Stewart, charged with four differ, ent acts of theft, or reset of stolen goods, was found Guilty, and sentenced to seven years transportation beyond seas. The pannel manifested the most obdurate indifference during the trial; but now screamed cut, when the clerk read her sentence; she was heard to say "I'll not go, and be d-d to them," with several other most improper and audacious expressions.


On Saturday 14th June a question highly interesting to the burghs of Scotland, was decided in the Court of Session. By This decision the burgh of Montrose has, for the present, lost its political rights and privileges. For some years past, the mode of electing the magistrates and council, as it had obtained by marking the votes by scores, was thought to be attended with many inconveniences and disadvantages; and at the annual election at Michaelmas 1815, it was resolved, that in place of the former practice, the election of the provost and new councillors should be by ballot, each member being voted for serialim; the same method was adopted at the election at Michaelmas last. Soon after the election, several constituent members of the council of the preceding year, presented a petition and complaint to the Court, founded on the differents acts of Parliament respecting elections, and praying their lordships to find the late election of magistrates and council of Montrose null and void, and contrary to law. The magistrates in office defended their election on various grounds; in particular, that the complainers had no right or title to complain; that they had acquiesced in the mode of election at the time; that they were themselves elected the preceding year by the same mode they now challenged; and, at all events, the election could not be set aside, even supposing the use of the ballot to be found an illegal mode of election, there being a legal majority of magistrates and council continued ex officiis, independent of the numbers elected by ballot, Very able and ingenious arguments were used on both sides. But the judges were of opinion that the use of the ballot was illegal, and therefore their lordships

unanimously reduced and set aside the elec


The magistrates have acquiesced in the interlocutor of the Court, and their functions are therefore at an end. Very little inconvenience, however, is likely to arise to the inhabitants from this decision, as an ap plication was immediately made to the Court, to appoint proper persons to give infeftment within burgh, and to take charge of the revenue and patrimonial interests of the town; and a petition being presented to the sheriff-depute, to grant a substitution of power to a fit person, in the meantime, he has appointed Charles Barclay, Esq. his substitute, within the burgh, and its liberties; and prompt measures have also been taken to prepare a petition to the Prince Regent, to issue a warrant for a new election of magistrates and council.

At a very full meeting of the inhabitants, called for the purpose of taking into consideration the steps that seem proper to be adopted at the present crisis, Mr Barclay was called to the chair, and the business of the meeting being concluded, a vote of thanks to Mr Barclay, for his steady and upright conduct, and the interest he has taken in the welfare of the town and its inhabitants during the time he filled the office of chief magistrate, was moved and carried by acclamation.


May 17. Fatal accident.-Wednesday, a. bout mid-day, as Duncan Ferguson, a slater, was repairing a chimney top in Bridge. gate, Glasgow, he missed his hold, fell to the ground, and was killed. The poor man alighted upon the shoulders of a woman, who was passing by at the time, but it is supposed he was dead before he came to the ground, having in the fall struck his head violently on the corner of one of the steps leading to the roof. The woman was knocked down, and dangerously hurt.

22. Juvenile depravity.-A deplorable instance of juvenile depravity was exhibited in the Police Court, Edinburgh, on Monday last. Three boys, all belonging to Leith, and none of them apparently above twelve years of age, were accused, and found guilty of robbing a till of a shop in the Cowgate, while the proprietor had stepped into the back apartment. It is a practice for these boys to prowl about shop windows, and when they see the inmates go backwards, to creep in on all fours round the counter and empty the till. Shopkeepers should, therefore, be upon their guard. One of the boys, upon being asked how often he had been in Bridewell, answered, “I dinna

mind;" but, upon looking to the record, it appeared he had been six times for petty acts of theft.

Montrose, May 23.—Golfing.-On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last, the best of seventy-eight holes were played for, on our golf course, by Capt. Bertram, and Mr Marshall of Aberdeen.-Considerable bets were depending upon the match, which was well contested, and won by the former by two holes. Seventy-seven holes were holed at 386 strokes, which, considering the difficulty of the ground played over, was reckoned capital play. It may, perhaps, be proper to notice the success of each day's play on the first day Mr Marshal gained eight holes-on the second one; so that Captain Bertram, although starting on the third day under the peculiar disadvantage of being nine holes minus, and only twentysix holes to play, gained at the conclusion of the match, and that too successively eight holes upon his adversary, Mr Marshall. This, in the judgment of every golfer, must establish Captain Bertram's reputation as a first-rate player at this most excellent, innocent, and healthful amusement. Our golf course is now to be extended to the south-east, and when completed will be one of the finest and most extensive in Scotland.

26. Improvements in Edinburgh. The key stone of the magnificent arch of the Regent bridge, over the low Calton, was fixed in on Saturday night, at half-past nine o'clock.

don, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, and many other places in England, Scotland, and Ireland.

26. Fatal occurrence..-On Thursday night, as several farmers were returning from a roup at Hallmyre, one of them, Mr Steadman of Boghall, who was a little in advance, had reached the bridge at Pennycuick, when his horse started suddenly, and leapt with its rider clear over the bridge into the Esk, a height of nearly 40 feet. The bottom is rocky, and the water not being high, the gentleman was dreadfully bruised; he was discovered soon after by his companions, with his back and thigh bone broken, and was carried to Dodd's inn, where he died a few days afterwards. It is remarkable, that the horse was scarcely hurt.

29. Anniversary of Mr Pitt.-Wednesday being the anniversary of the birth-day of the late Right Hon. William Pitt, the Pitt Club of Scotland held their annual dinner in George Street Assembly Rooms, Edin burgh, the Right Hon. the Earl of Hopetoun, K. G. C. B. in the chair (in absence of the Duke of Buccleuch, who was unable to attend.) There were nearly 400 noblemen and gentlemen present. The day was also celebrated, by a numerous company of the Pitt Club of Glasgow, and in Lon

29. Funeral of a Highland Chieftain.— The Chisholm's funeral, which took place on Friday the 16th inst. was conducted with a degree of splendour which rivalled the usage of ancient times in the last tribute of homage and respect to the remains of deceased chiefs. Invitations were very general throughout this and the neighbouring counties, and near 240 guests sat down to a sumptuous entertainment, provided by Mr Cant at Beauly. The commonalty, of whom a very large assemblage were in attendance, had not been forgotten; eight bolls of oatmeal, baked into bread, ample quantities of cheese, and 20 ankers of whisky, were distributed among them; not se tisfied, however, with this liberal supply, they made free with Mr Cant's stores of wines, and other liquors, and we regret to understand, that a man and two women died of the effects of intoxication. Many battles, with sticks, and fists, and stones, were fought, and many cracked crowns were given and received, but beyond the foregoing melancholy instances, we believe no farther fatal effects ensued; various depredations, however, were committed, and, amongst others, some of the riders, we understand, discovered next morning that they had come home without their saddle flaps, the well dressed leather of which, it had been discovered, would make superior brogue soles. Inverness Journal.

31. Execution. Wednesday, William M'Kay, convicted of issuing a guinea note of the Greenock Bank Company, at the Point House, Govan Ferry, was hanged in front of the new jail of Glasgow. He was a native of Ireland, and his parents at present reside at Carrickfergus. He was bred a stocking-maker, and for a number of years occupied a shop in Bridgegate Street, Glasgow, as a broker; but left it about a year ago to travel as a hawker. He was a finelooking man, with an intelligent countenance, about five feet nine inches high, and well-proportioned, and was 31 years of age. He behaved with becoming fortitude and resignation.

31.-A man dropped down on Bridge. street, Inverness, last week, quite exhausted from want of food. A gentleman who happened to be near, on inquiring into his circumstances, found that he was a ship captain from Charleston, America, and had been shipwrecked on the coast of Ireland. The gentleman in a short time collected a sum for his aid, which he thought too much, and would only accept of the half; the remainder was given to the soup kitchen. June

June 2. George Heriol.-The anniversary of the birth of George Heriot was this day celebrated in the usual manner. The boys belonging to the Hospitals; those of Watson's, and the girls of the Merchants' and Trades' Hospitals, attended the New Greyfriars Church, in the forenoon, where a sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr Inglis, one of the ministers of this city, at which the Magistrates and Council, and the Governors of Heriot's Hospital were present. The effigy of George Heriot was, as usual, decorated with flowers.

The large granary at Lochrin distillery was also struck, but was saved by conductors. Mr Dodd's house at Saughton Mains, about two miles west from Edinburgh, was struck by the lightning; the roof is broke in three places; one of the vents is rent a considerable way, and otherwise damaged ; in most of the windows the glass is all broken, and the wood frame of one completely demolished; in the rooms the plaster was torn off the walls, which are all discoloured, and the chimney pieces thrown to the opposite side. Shortly after twelve the atmosphere cleared up, when the surrounding heights appeared white with the bailstones, which were unusually large. The storm recommenced about four in the afternoon, but was neither so violent, or of so long duration. The storm was also experienced at Perth, Dundee, and Cupar, northward; and at Kelso, Newcastle, Hull, and York, to the south; but seems to have done no serious damage. At Dundee and Cupar, the hail did considerable mischief to fruittrees and bushes; the stones which fell at the former place are said to have been two inches in circumference.

5. Shocking barbarity.—On Tuesday a fatal occurrence took place in the New Town, Edinburgh, resulting from the barbarous practice of sending little boys up chimnies for the purpose of cleaning them. A boy, employed in this manner, ascending, stuck fast, and remained in the chimney from eleven in the forenoon till seven in the evening, and was then taken out by fastening ropes to his legs and pulling him down by brutal strength. He was found quite dead; and his master is in consequence in custody.

June 13. Thunder storm.-On Tuesday, between eleven and twelve o'clock, a dreadful storm of thunder and lightning passed over Edinburgh, from the westward, accom panied with torrents of rain and hail; and for a short time it was so dark that candles were used in various places.-The storm lasted about an hour, during which period vivid flashes of lightning and terrific peals of thunder followed each other in succes. sion, at intervals seldom exceeding a minute. The lightning struck the roof of Messrs Ballantine and Company's printing. office, north side of Canongate, part of which it laid open, and shattered one of the chimney tops, but occasioned no serious damage to the building. The chimney of an adjoining property, occupied by Messrs Grieve and Scott as a hat manufactory, was thrown down at the same time; and in a house at Nottingham Place, the lightning came in contact with the bell-handle at the door, melted a part of the wire, and set the bells a-ringing; a lady in the house was also thrown on the floor, but sustained no injury beyond the alarm of the moment. A girl sitting near a window in the sessional school, Leith Wynd, was so much affected on one side of her face, that it is feared she will lose the sight of her eyes. A young S man, a marine belonging to the Ramilies flag-ship, was struck down on the road to Portobello, and deprived of speech and sight, and the power of one side. He was next day brought from the Ramilies to the Royal Infirmary, and has since recovered his speech, and the sight of an eye; and the use of his arm and leg.

16. Emigration...The Helen, Wilson, sailed from Kirkcaldy on the 20th May, for Halifax, with nearly 100 passengers.—Since that period the following vessels, with emigrants, have sailed from Leith for British America, viz.-Agincourt, Matheson, 200; Alexander, Henry, 44; Lord Middleton, Kerr, 163; and Trafalgar, Mitchell, 78-in all, 485-On the 30th May, about 100 mechanics, engaged as settlers on Mr Moodie's estates at the Cape of Good Hope, embark ed at Leith on board the smack Matchless, for London.

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Vans Hathorn, Esq. of Garthland, has been pleased to appoint Mr James Anderson, preacher of the gospel, to the church and parish of Stonnykirk, vacant by the death of the Rev. Henry Blain.

The Magistrates and Town Council of Forfar have elected Mr William Clugston of Glasgow, preacher, to be minister of that town and parish.

On the 7th April the Rev. Hugh M'Farlane, M. D. was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, with a view to his taking the pastoral charge of the Presbyterian congregation in New Providence.

The Town Council of Stirling have presented the Rev. George Wright, minister of

Markinch, to the first charge of the church and parish of Stirling, vacant by the death of the Rev. Dr Somerville; and the Rev. Alex. Small of Stair, to the second charge of the church and parish of Stirling, vacant by the death of the Rev. John Russel


May 5. The Lady of Captain Charles Graham, of the Hon. Company's ship Wil liam Pitt, a son.

12. At Cambray, in France, the Right Hon. Lady James Hay, a daughter.

17. The Lady of Charles Robertson, Esq. younger of Kindcace, Captain 18th Highland regiment, a son.

20. At Herbertshire House, the Lady of Captain John Steadman Christie, a son.

21. At Duddingstone, Mrs G. Hamilica Dundas, a daughter.

28. At Stranraer, Mrs Ress, spouse to Captain Ross, of his Majesty's ship Driver, a daughter.

June 1. At Park. House, the Lady of Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon, a son.

2. In Queen Street, the Lady of James Ker, Esq. younger of Blacksheills, a son.

4. At Musselburgh, the Lady of Major Dods, late of the Royal Scots, a son.

11. At London, Lady Elizabeth Campbell, the Lady of the Hon. J. F. Campbell, a son and heir.


March 18. In Jamaica, Michael Benignus Clarke, Esq. M. D. Physician General of that island, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Lieut.-Colonel Graham, Deputy-Governor of St Mawes.

May 21. At Lady Seaforth's, Charlotte Square, James Alex. Stewart, Esq. of Glasserton, to the Hon. Lady H. Mackenzie, of Seaforth.

27. At Ulverston, in Lancashire, North Dalrymple, Esq. Capt. 25th light dragoons, second son of the late Sir John Dalrymple, Bart. to Margaret, youngest daughter of the late James Penny, Esq. of Liverpool.

30. At Mavisbank House, Robert Lockhart, Esq. of Castlehill, to Miss Charlotte Mercer, third daughter of Captain William Mercer, late of the Hon. East India Com pany's service.

June 3. At Glasgow, Mr Robt. Drysdale, merchant, Glasgow, to Miss Susan Cunning. hame, Greenhead.

4. The Rev. Thomas Erskine, to Charlotte, daughter of the late Major Watson, of the 65th regiment.

5. At Broughton Park, near Edinburgh, Capt. Robert Clephane, of the royal navy, to Anna, daughter of the late Archibald Borthwick, Esq.

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