Catalogue description Prisoner name: Edward Kelly and Thomas White. Prisoner details: Kelly aged 19, a carter...

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Details of HO 17/10/7
Reference: HO 17/10/7

Prisoner name: Edward Kelly and Thomas White.

Prisoner details: Kelly aged 19, a carter from Glasgow. White aged 24, a carter from Glasgow.

Court and date of trial: Glasgow Circuit Court 25 September 1826.

Crime: Robbery - attacking James Fleming Senior and stealing £108 16s on 31 March 1826.

Initial sentence: Death, day of execution 1 November 1826.

Annotated: conditional pardon for White; let the law take its course with respect to Edward Kelly; let James White be transported for life - inform the Justice Clerk.

Petitioner(s): Edward Kelly; Thomas White.

Grounds for clemency for Kelly: Father a soldier brought up his family with honesty and industry; parents now aged; apart from youthful indiscretions this was his first offence; includes character certificates; no violence involved.

Grounds for clemency for White: the jury recommended him to mercy; he confessed his guilt; no violence was involved; most of the money has been restored; his previous good character; has good character references; first offence; he feels deep contrition for the crime.

Other papers: D Boyle recommends transportation for White. Declaration of James Fleming that he was not injured by the robbers and recommends them to mercy. Declarations of Kelly and White. Printed indictment. D Boyle enclosing certificates. 10 certificates of White's good character. 11 copy certificates of White's good character. [Andrew Simson] stating White not known to police. Six character certificates for Kelly and a note accompanying them. Copy notes of evidence taken in trial of Edward Kelly and Thomas White by Lord Pitmilly.

Additional Information: Charged with Maxwell Grindlay [Alexander Grindlay] who did not appear in court; they were arrested with Duncan Macdonald.

Date: 1826 Oct 12
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: AL 7 Scot
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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