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Belt and Manacles

Description:

David Haggart escaped from prison by attacking Thomas Morrin the jailer.  This notice was printed later the same day and offers a reward of 10 guineas.   Thomas Morrin died of his injuries and the reward for Haggart's capture was raised to 70 guineas.  Haggart was eventually caught in Ireland and returned to Dumfries in this belt and manacles in March 1821.  He was tried and convicted of the crime in Edinburgh and hanged there on 18 July 1821.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1936.15.7
Digital Number:
DMCP011n
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council