Tuesday, May 1, 2012
THE FIFE KALENDAR OF CONVICTS, 1800-1900.
In 2013 the Editor will be bringing out a CD entitled The Fife Kalendar of Convicts, 1800-1900. This will be an index to the Fife High Court trials (usually Perth Circuit Court) held by the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) in their JC26 (trial papers) and AD14 (Precognitions) series; and also an index to the Jury and Summary Trials of Cupar and Dunfermline Sheriff Courts, also held by the NAS, in their SC20 (Cupar) and SC21 (Dunfermline) series.It will also include records of lower courts (Burgh, Police, Magistrate, and Justice of the Peace Courts) from records held at St Andrews University Library and Fife Council Archives.Local newspapers have also been consulted.Crimes covered include murder, culpable homicide, rape, incest, and even one case of bestiality, but usually theft, assault, breach of the peace, poaching, forgery, etc.
Over the years the Editor has tracked down the births, marriages and deaths of many of these convicts, but he would especially like to hear from descendants of the Fife Convict transportees so as to learn of the later history of these men/women.
You can contact the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org