Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

7/7/2007

Dundee in the 19th century

a rapidly industrialising town where population and crime rates soared, a police force was first appointed and a new jail was built. This was an era where a gibbet was built at the new Dundee jail for the public hanging of notorious criminals such as William Bury (thought by some to have been Jack the Ripper) and a person could be setenced to 7 years transportation for stealing a pair of shoes. In fact, the early 1800’s saw escapes taking place from incarceration in the overcrowded old Townhouse Gaol and St Mary’s Tower. for more click here

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