A new blog devoted to a fascinating collection of criminal ‘mugshots’ held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives has been launched.

Written by City Archivist, Phil Astley, ‘Criminal Portraits’ features images found in the ‘Register of Returned Convicts for Aberdeen’ covering 1869 to 1939 and a much larger album containing 930 images taken at HM General Prison Perth.

A small selection of the images have previously been included in exhibitions for the ‘Granite Noir’ crime writing festival in 2019 and 2020, which takes place in Aberdeen during February. The incredible response to these images from the public convinced the organisers that they deserved a wider audience.

Read the blog here.

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This is Kate Freke circa 1882. Born in 1863 she was the sister of Alfred Freke photographer of 253 Bute Street in Cardiff. Kate may well have developed this picture herself as she worked as photographers assistant in the studio for over 30 years. She married in 1916 & died 1939.


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