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Fishermen, Randies and Fraudsters: Crime in the 19th Century Aberdeen and the North East

Fishermen, Randies and Fraudsters: Crime in the 19th Century Aberdeen and the North East [Kindle Edition]

Malcolm Archibald
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Ravaged by riots, vice and violence, nineteenth-century Aberdeen was very different from the city we know now. Danger lurked around many corners. Truculent fishermen rioted on the coast. ‘Resurrection men’ snatched dead bodies for anatomists’ experiments. Children became career criminals. Railway navvies created havoc with their drunken ‘randies’. Respectable people were well advised not to enter streets like Shuttle Lane, which harboured thieves, whores and murderers. And famous fraudsters lived their lives deceiving others, such as the notorious Mrs Gordon Baillie, who beguiled victims from Melbourne to New York. In Fishermen, Randies and Fraudsters, Malcolm Archibald reveals historical Aberdeen’s sordid underbelly. And he also uncovers the heroic efforts of the town sergeants and infant police force that attempted to keep the city under control as they nobly battled crime in nineteenth-century Aberdeen and the North East.

About the Author

Author Malcolm Archibald received the 2005 Dundee Book Prize. He lives near Elgin in northern Scotland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (12 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7JD22E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Born in Edinburgh and educated at Dundee University, Malcolm has had a variety of occupations from postman to college lecturer. His first published article was at the age of 17, his first book, 'Scottish Battles' was published in 1990 and he usually has a number of ongoing projects. In 1999 his 'Mother Law' was a runner up at the inaugral Dundee Book Prize; in 2005 his 'Whales for the Wizard' won it outright and in 2011 his 'The Darkest Walk' was a winner in the People's Book Prize. An eclectic writer, he works with a variety of genres. He is happily married to Cathy and has a grown family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Collection of Interesting Stories 5 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Like Malcolm Archibald's other books in this Scottish crime series, this collection of North Eastern crime stories is told in an interesting but often light hearted manner to hold the readers attention. If you've read and enjoyed Malcolm's other books you should certainly add this to your list of 'must reads'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 23 Mar 2014
By bett
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It is good to find out how people lived in the Aberdeen area in an age we will never experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars 19th Century Aberdeen 18 Mar 2014
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Being an Aberdonian who enjoys family history I enjoyed reading about the seedier side of Aberdeen and areas I had heard about but no longer exist. My only complaint is that I would have liked more stories!!!l
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories 9 Jun 2014
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Some interesting stories in this collection of information but the quality of writing is quite poor and ready like a list of notes that has been taken while researching. Many of the tales are old and often published.
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