North Prison, Glasgow St. Mungo

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North Prison, Glasgow St. Mungo

Post by ArchieG7 » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:58 pm

Is it possible to find out what crime was committed by my ancestor who was in North Prison, Glasgow St. Mungo during the 1851 Census. His occupation in prison was listed as a 'Tailor'.
I have proof of him and his family in the 1841 Census, but then only his wife and children are shown in following census's.
I would welcome any suggestions regarding the reason for his imprisonment.

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Re: North Prison, Glasgow St. Mungo

Post by SarahND » Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:05 pm

Hello ArchieG7 and [TS_welcome]

Have you tried searching his name on the National Archives of Scotland site?

There are many mentions of criminal cases there. If you do find a mention, you can request a copy.

All the best,

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Re: North Prison, Glasgow St. Mungo

Post by Currie » Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:51 pm

In 1851 the population of North Prison was 629.
Civil: M 13, F 0.
Criminal untried: M 62, F 43.
Criminal convicted: M 248, F 263.

Included in Civil would have been debtors.

In North and South prisons there were a total of 83 males and 32 females under Sentence of Transportation. Of those 69 males and 19 females were considered Fit for Transportation.

Maybe he was given a free sea voyage to Western Australia, or maybe even Tasmania.

The possibilities are endless, do you have a name for him? His case may have been mentioned in the newspapers. Where did he live prior to 1851?


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