Dundee Evening Telegraph
6 August 1877
A niece of Mr Carlyle shot
The other day, as Miss Aitken, daughter of Mr Aitken, The Hill, Dumfries, and niece of Mr Thomas Carlyle, was engaged along with two servant girls gathering fruit in the garden, a lad, the son of a neighbour, discharged a loaded fowling-piece at some birds in the hedge close to which they were employed. They were all struck by the pellets. Miss Aitken and one of the girls were wounded very severely, but are now recovering.
6 August 1890
Making a football of his hat
Daniel Boyd Hodge was charged with having, on 23rd ult, at Uphall, created a disturbance by cursing and swearing, and using obscene language. After evidence the accused made a statement, in which he referred to how he was treated in Uphall. He could travel every parish in Scotland without being interfered with, except Uphall. The people knew him so well that when he got the worse of drink, they knocked off his hat and played football with it, 'and sometimes with himself.' (Laughter.) The Sheriff sentenced him to 10 days imprisonment.
6 August 1853
A smart shock of an earthquake was felt at Glenspean on Wednesday night, about 10 o'clock, in a direction apparently from south to north. It caused considerable alarm to the inmates of some houses, which shook rather unpleasantly. It continued about half a minute.
8 August 1868
Scarcity of water in Fort William
In this locality we have rarely to complain of a stinted supply of water. Its superabundance generally is not the least of our miseries, though the quality (except in the case of those who have springs of their own) is never but of a very inferior description. Owing to the long continuance of dry weather at present, the supply is utterly inadequate to the requirements of health and comfort, and the quality is execrable. A gentleman who has been staying here for a few days was heard remarking that he had gone to the top of Ben Nevis to get a drink of wholesome water! Vehicles of various descriptions are to be seen conveying water from a distance, and in one case the supply is procured from Corpach, two miles off.
8 August 1850
Safety of passengers at sea
We understand that an inquiry, at the instance of the Government, is at present in progress to ascertain the number and dimensions of the boats for passengers attached to the sea-going steam vessels at the different ports in Scotland. The late disastrous loss of life by the loss of the Orion steam-ship off Port-Patrick has, in all probability, suggested the investigation.
[At least 60 of the 160 passengers died when the Orion sank. It was sailing to Glasgow from Liverpool in June 1850.]
8 August 1891
Struck with a piece of coal
Lizzie Morran or McGowan, wife of Patrick McGowan, residing at 348 High Street, was charged with assaulting a man named Charles Ingram, stone-dresser, by throwing a piece of coal at him whereby he was cut and injured. Accused said that on the date in question Ingram called her for everything. After annoying her for a whole week and being aggravated, she lifted a piece of coal and threw it at him, but not with the intention of hurting him. The bench, in consideration of this statement, imposed a fine of 5s, which was paid. The husband was also charged with assaulting Ingram, but it was stated that he had merely gone to his wife's assistance, and the charge was withdrawn.
Glasgow Evening Post
9 August 1867
Supposing a person to count 120 per minute, he would be five days and 18 hours, without ceasing, in counting a million. A million sovereigns placed in a single line would extend more than 15 miles. If placed one upon the other they would form a column one mile in height. The weight of such a column would be 17 tons 16 cwt 3qr 15 lb; a full load for two wagons drawn by four horses each.
10 August 1872
A soldier named Irvine belonging to the 93rd Highlanders, made a daring escape from Edinburgh Castle. He had been sentenced to 56 days' imprisonment in Greenlaw prison for desertion, and was placed in the main guardhouse of the castle, pending his removal. As the guard was being changed, Irvine, who was in a small court at the back of the guardhouse overlooking West Princes Street Gardens, got upon the parapet, leaped to the top of a ledge covered with grass about 30 feet below, and alighting apparently unhurt, he proceeded to scramble down rocks, was soon lost sight of among the brushwood and trees, and managed to get clear off.