The latest blogs from City Archivist, Phil Astley, who uses the fascinating collection of criminal ‘mugshots’ held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives and brings them to life, feature the cases of Neil McPherson, who was a prisoner at Perth, Peterhead and Pentonville, and Catherine Anderson, who was tried twice for child murder.

‘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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Our asylum team continues the story of Orlando Bridgeman, as concern grows at the family home of Weston Hall when letters about his condition continue to arrive. Read more https://staffordshireasylumrecords.wordpress.com/patients/ #staffsasylums (image Weston Hall, County Archaeology Dept/staffspasttrack.org.uk)

This 1872 drawing by the City Engineer William Mackison is a design proposal for a cattle market and abattoir at East Dock Street. A cattle market was built there but to different designs.

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Whistling Willie was a Perth eccentric who was renowned for his obsession with the Glovers' Michaelmas dinner. Whenever he was asked, he could immediately answer how many days there were until the next dinner.

This photograph of Willie was taken by Magnus Jackson c. 1880.

Browns Castle also known as The Black Dog prison. Notorious smuggler and Privateer Luke Ryan escaped here in 1779. He seized back control of his vessel, picked up his crew at Rush and sailed for the smugglers haven of Dunkirk to later embark on a prolific career as privateer.

Hear unique insights and stories from The National Archives’ records and learn about the long history of public health responses in Britain. How did outbreaks from the past affect real people and how did they change Britain? #PodcastRecommendations

https://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/public-health-crises-exploring-britains-medical-history/

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I'm looking for someone who can decipher (if possible) the form of shorthand used in these two manuscripts. I *think* they are in the hand of Edwin Chadwick, and they deal with the elderly Jeremy Bentham's ailing health

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Did your ancestors have a 'Fleet Marriage'? Up until the first half of the 18th century, irregular or clandestine marriages were much more common that you might think! https://bit.ly/37jFx2K
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Image: Caricature of a Fleet Marriage (Wikipedia)

We continue to mark the life and achievements of Hull aviator Amy Johnson by releasing Part 4 of her letters which are now available to view online. These cover April 1927 to Whitsun 1927 http://hullhistorycentre.org.uk/research/research-guides/amy-johnson-letters.aspx @hull_libraries @jrlthull @Hull_Museums