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1st. Edinburgh—We regret to state, that last night, being the last of the year, and on that account devoted by immemorial usage, and the custom of the place, to innocent festivity, the streets of this city were disgraced by a series of riots, outrages, and robberies, hitherto, we may truly say, without any example. —During almost the whole of the night, after eleven o’clock, a gang of ferocious banditti, armed with bludgeons and other weapons, infested some of the leading streets in this metropolis, and knocked down and robbed, and otherwise most wantonly abused, almost every person who had the misfortune to fall in their way. After they had fairly succeeded in knocking down those of whom they were in pursuit, they proceeded immediately to rifle them of their money and watches; and the least symptom, on their part, of anxiety to save their property, was a provocation to new outrages, which were persevered in until their lives were endangered. One person we have heard of, who, after VOL. W. PART II,
being knocked down, made several attempts to preserve his watch, when he was so abused and kicked on the head, and in the breast and stomach, that he was glad to escape with his life. Another gentleman, in the same unhappy predicament, succeeded in preserving his watch, though it was pulled so violently that the chain was broke, which, together with the seals he lost. These outrages were chiefly committed by a band of idle apprentice boys, regularly organized for the purose, and lurking in stairs and closes, rom whence they issued, on a signal given, in large bands, and surrounded and overwhelmed those who were passing by. By the vigilance of the magistrates, who were in the streets, or otherwise actively engaged in the duties of their office, until about five o'clock on Wednesday morning, se
veral of these rioters were apprehend
ed on the spot, some of them with
the stolen articles in their possession,
and the most vigilant enquiries are
going on, with a view to root out
this nefarious combination against the
peace of society. A reward of 100 A
2 EDINBURGH ANNUAL REGISTER, 1812. Us. 1.
guineas is offered for the discovery of the offenders.
Dugald Campbell, a police officer, who was wounded, and carried to
the Royal Infirmary, is since dead,
and another lies dangerously ill.
In addition to the above account, we have now to state, that on the morning of the 1st current, Mr James Campbell, clerk to Messrs John Aitken and Company, merchants in Leith, was attacked on the South Bridge, near to the Tron Church, betwixt one and two o'clock, and so severely struck on the head and other parts of the body, that he died on Tuesday of the wounds he received. It having turned out in the course of investigation that several other persons were severely wounded, the Right Hon. the Lord Provost and Magistrates, in order the more effectually to lead to the detection of the person or persons guilty of the above of. fences, offered a reward of one hundred guineas, to those who shall give such information as shall lead to the detection of the persons guilty.
The following proclamations were also circulated, and advertised in all the newspapers :
Reward of One Hundred Guineas.
Whereas outrages of a most violent nature, and hitherto unexampled in Edinburgh, have been committed last night upon several gentlemen and police-officers, when passing along the streets, by knocking them down, maltreating, and robbing them ;
The Lord Provost and Magistrates, in order to lead to a discovery of the persons concerned in those proceedings, hereby offer a reward of
One Hundred Guineas,
to be paid to informers, upon conviction .# the offender or offenders,
Several persons were seized in the course of the night, and brought be- i. fore the Magistrates and Judge of Police, who were in attendance, and some articles were found in their possession which it is supposed belong to persons who had been robbed. It is requested that such will call at the Council-chamber, to give the requisite information, and to identify their property. From the whole circumstances that came out, upon investigation last night, there appears to have been a regular plan of robbery previously concerted by the perpetrators, who were almost all boys or young lads, armed with bludgeons for the purpose. As this is a thing so new in the metropolis, as well as so flagrant in itself, the Lord Provost and Magistrates are determined to follow up the enquiry in the most rigorous manner; and they earnestly call upon all ranks of citizens, especially those who have the charge of apprentices and youth, to give every aid in their power, so as this most atrocious combination may be effectually detected, and a severe public example made of all those concerned in it. : WM. CREECH, Provost. John WALKER, B. ARCH. MacKINLAY, B. JoHN WAUGH, B. . Rob. SMITH, B, * Council-chamber, Edinburgh, January 1, 1812. '
Murder / Whereas in the course of the late riots on the streets of this city, on the night of the 3Rst.December last, or morning of the 1st January current, Dugald Campbell, one of the policeofficers, while in the discharge of his