The Darker Side of Crime: Homicide in Nineteenth-Century Scotland

When & Where

Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
National Records of Scotland, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY

Event Details

W.W.J. Knox, University of St Andrews

Historical interest in violent crime is a fairly recent development in Scotland unlike other countries such as England, France and the US. This is an attempt to shift the focus towards Scotland using the records of the High Court of Justiciary held in the National Records of Scotland. The court papers will be used to address four vital questions: who committed these crimes? who were the victims? what were their motives and what were the outcomes?
Dr Knox  will show how the court papers can be used to explain trends in violent behaviour as well as shed light on deeper issues connected to class and gender in nineteenth-century Scotland.
Time will be given at the end for questions.

To book, please visit: Attendees can also turn up on the day and any remaining spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jocelyn Grant
0131 535 1374



Event Location

National Records of Scotland
New Register House
3 West Register Street


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