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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

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,

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.