An account of the Trial of William Titting or Treat, and John Muir an or A'ai, who were tried before the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 7th March 1821.
Wednesday, 7th March 1821,
The intervals between the hours of 8 and 10 o'clock were Extraordinary, and the Court was nearly full.
William Treat, (previously convicted of housebreak- ing and theft,) was put to the Bar, a new case laid, in order to receive sentence, which was, that he should be detained in jail, and fed on bread and water.
John Muir, (former convict of theft,) was then put to the Bar, a case in which there was no direct accusation, but rather a request put in writing to the proper quarter. In this case, the Solicitor General addressed the Court, and argued that the request should be granted, because, even if the prisoner did not steal, he was a great offender, and that even if he did not steal, he was guilty of the most serious offence, assault.
Lord Pitmilly said, the case was one in which he could not lay claim, and would go no farther. He advised the prisoners to make a full confession, as there was no alternative but to receive sentence.
The prisoners were then brought forward, and the court was cleared.
After some observations on the nature of the offence, which he thought very severe, the Lord Justice Clerk then put in writing.
The prisoners were then removed from the bar.
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