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murdering Thomas Drysdale bookbinder in Dunfermline March 3 1759

issued At Perth : John Marshall carrier in Auchtermuchty Fifeshire and Andrew Lucas son of Andrew Lucas in Kirktoun of Clova were both tried for murder , the former for murdering Thomas Drysdale bookbinder in Dunfermline March 3 1759 by assaulting him when intoxicated with liquor at or near the bridge of Gourly and drowning him in a pool or strangling him with a handkerchief which he wore about his neck

   and the latter for murdering David Fin lay in Whine m the parish of Cortaehy and Clova December 18 1757 in the hill near Lochorrel by wounding and bruisinghim with the butt end of a gun his death his body having been found two days after in the hill Both libels were found not proven and both pahnels were also ilzied James Lucas Andrew's bro theV was indicted jointly with him but did not appear and was therefore fugitated John Neiths 329 or Neifhes father and son in Millsield 


Source:The Scots Magazine, Volume 21 pages 493-494

 By James Boswell


  • DRYSDALE, John bookseller in Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh 1778Son and only child of John Drysdale shoemaker in Edinburgh. 
  • Member of the Edinburgh Bookseller's Society 4 August 1777.
  •  Will registered 16 April 1778.EdinTest; Sher. Edinburgh Booksellers
  • DRYSDALE, Thomas bookbinder and bookseller Dunfermline
  • Dunfermline 1756-59Murdered 13 March 1759 
  • Scots Magazine September 1759.NLS Impr Ind

    Drysdale, Thomas - Edinburgh Select

    • DRYSDALE, Thomas bookseller PortobelloHigh Street 1843
    • bookseller, stationer and librarian same address 1844-45
    • bookseller and stationer same address 1847-49
    • bookseller stationer and librarian same address 1850
    • Margaret Drysdale same address 1852
    • Edin Dir; Slater 1852
    • DRYSDALE, William printers' wright
    •  EdinburghCowgate Head 1805-9Edin Dir

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