The Story of Calton Jail: Edinburgh's Victorian Prison

The Story of Calton Jail: Edinburgh's Victorian Prison

by Malcom Fife

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ISBN-13: 9780750962247
Publisher: History Press Limited, The
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Malcolm Fife has an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh and is the author of a number of articles for Scots Magazine. He worked for the Parks and Recreation Department of Edinburgh Council for 18 years before becoming a freelance photographer.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

About the Author 8

1 The Need for a New Prison 9

2 The Bridewell 13

3 The Construction of Calton Prison 20

4 Prison Life 27

5 The Prison Governors and Warders 31

6 Public Executions 36

7 Executions in Calton Prison 48

8 Down and Out - Beggars, Tramps and Vagrants 56

9 Women on the Wrong Side of the Law 60

10 Boys and Girls in Trouble 65

11 The Long Arms of the Law 74

12 Transportation 76

13 The Railway 83

14 Sailors in Deep Water 90

15 The Criminally Insane 97

16 Heavenly Matters 104

17 Political Unrest 108

18 Crofters in Rebellion 112

19 Irish Terrorists 116

20 Suffragettes 119

21 Foul Deeds in the Highlands 122

22 Prisoners from Foreign Lands 126

23 Deaths and Suicides at Calton Prison 132

24 Escapes 138

25 The Cell Doors Close for the Final Time 149

Appendices 152

Bibliography 174

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