19 March 1840
About four o'clock on Saturday morning, the watchman on the Netherbow Station found a man lying on the High Street insensible, and bleeding severely. On inquiry, he found that he had just been thrown or fallen from the window of the house of an infamous character, three storeys high, and on proceeding up to which he found four women and a man, who were immediately taken into custody. The unhappy victim was removed to the infirmary, where it was found that his skull was fractured; he lingered till about midday, when he died. He continued insensible till death. The prisoners have all been remitted to the Magistrates. Stewart, we believe, was about 20 years of age, and the prisoners are none of them much older. We understand some circumstances have transpired tending to convict the parties in custody, or some of them, with the act of throwing the man from the window.
20 March 1880
The 'Stone Age'
A few days ago while the ploughman at Mr Simon Anderson's, Setter, Bressay, was engaged at work he turned up one of those implements of stone popularly called 'thunderbolts', the finding of which is now of rare occurrence. In this case the material used is much softer than that generally used, which was mostly of a flinty nature, but it has every appearance of having been fashioned as an implement of war or domestic use, being ground down to a thin edge at one end while the other end is fashioned apparently as a grip for the hand, the whole being about 10 inches in length.
Edinburgh Evening News
20 March 1911
Lambing on Border farms
On the lowland farms in the Border district lambing is now in full swing. Last week, with its northerly blasts of sleet and snow, was a trying one for the 'bleaters', and shepherds had a more than usually anxious time. Fortunately, ewes have wintered well and are nourishing their lambs satisfactorily. So far as present results indicate, the crop of lambs is likely to be a good one.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
20 March 1850
Curious case – warning to tradesmen
A party in Elgin having a hat a little 'worse for the wear', put it in the hands of a respectable hatter to get it repaired. The renovated hat was promised by a given time, and when that time arrived it was sent for, but it was not ready. Several other calls were made, but all in vain; and the party having to leave town on business, went straight to another shop and purchased a new hat for 10s. He then raised a summons against the hatter for the value of the new hat; and on parties being heard, the Sheriff gave judgement in favour of the pursuer.
22 March 1890
Obstructing the Trongate pavement
Daniel McFadyen, James Johnston, and Patrick Deacon were charged before Bailie Paton at the Central Police Court yesterday with having caused an obstruction on Tuesday by standing or loitering on the south pavement in Trongate. They pleaded not guilty. Constable Dawson stated that while on duty in plain clothes, about one o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, he saw the accused and another two men, who gave wrong addresses, standing on the south pavement, nearly opposite the foot of Hutcheson Street. They stood for about five minutes in one place, and several passengers had to leave the pavement and go on the street. The accused, who were tousing with each other, were in that neighbourhood daily.
There were great complaints by shopkeepers on account of this class of men blocking up the pavement. Constable Powell gave corroborative evidence. The Magistrate asked him if the police in uniform did not clear such men away. Witness replied in the affirmative, but said that whenever the police went away the men returned. Ex-councillor Caldwell, who was also examined, said that he and other shopkeepers in Trongate were very much annoyed by men loitering on the pavement. He had frequently complained to the Magistrates, and had also brought up the matter at the police board. He often saw McFadyen in the locality. Mr Caldwell added that were it not for the fact the shop which he occupied was his own he would leave the locality, because men assembled on the pavement in the vicinity to such an extent that it seriously interfered with business.
The Magistrate said the case had been clearly made out, and he could not ignore the fact that the accused had no means of occupation. They were a nuisance to the whole neighbourhood, and he would fine each of them 10s, with the alternative of seven days' imprisonment. To another case, in which three men charged with a similar offence failed to appear, a warrant was granted for their apprehension.