1892 Courier & Argus

January 4th.


On Saturday the boys on board the Mars Training Ship, numbering 400, received an entertainment provided through the generosity of the President, Mr W. Ogilvy Dalgleish of Errol Park. After a sumptuous dinner, a concert was given in the recreation room, which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Captain Scott intimated a letter from Mr and Mrs Dalgleish expressing regret that another engagement prevented their being present…Songs were given by Mars boys and friends of the Institution, who were present to render assistance. Thereafter the gifts presented by Mr Dalgleish for the Christmas tree were presented by Mr Mess. After tea there was a magic lantern entertainment and an exhibition of conjuring, both of which gave great delight to the boys. Cheers for Mr and Mrs Dalgleish, Captain Scott and friends of the Institution who were present brought the proceedings to a close.


1892 Courier & Argus

Monday, 18th January.


On Saturday in the sheriff Court before Sheriff Substitute Littlejohn – Thomas Gray, an orphan residing with his sister at 149 Blackness Road, and whose father and mother were dead, was ordered to be sent to the Mars.


1892 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 19th January.


In the Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday – Before Hon Sheriff Substitute Littlejohn – Peter Conway and Alexander Stewart, two young lads, were charged with having, on the 12th January, broken into a henhouse at Ashbank, Forfar Road, belonging to Mr Alexander Hossack, and stolen four hens. Then they were further charged with having, on Thursday, 14th January, stolen two hens and one cock from a ropework in Bellfield Street, belonging to John Chalmers, ropespinner. Stewart pleaded guilty to the whole charge, but Conway admitted only the latter offence. Mr Campbell, of the Boys’ Home, stated that Stewart wished to be sent to the Mars. His father was dead and his mother deserted him about seven months ago. Conway, he said, was above the age for the Mars. The Sheriff said he would withdraw the charge against Stewart, and send him to the Mars. He deferred passing sentence on Conway until to-day, in order that his mother might be sent for.

(Conway later was sent to a reformatory for three years.)


1892 Friday, February 12th.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal

John Bruce sent to the Mars


1892 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 1st March.


Before Bailie Stewart – William Vincent (12), schoolboy, Henderson’s West Wynd, was charged with having stolen 15/- from the shop in Balgay Street, occupied by John Williamson, butcher, on the 20th February. He pleaded guilty. Mr Dewar stated that the boy had gone beyond his father’s control. Last year he was remitted to the Sheriff on a charge of housebreaking, but owing to his youth the charge was departed from. In order that he might be sent to an Industrial School, the charge was withdrawn. The Magistrate committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship.


1892 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 15th March.


William Smith, a lad 13 years of age, was brought before the Court, having been found destitute on Saturday. He said his mother lived in Anstruther, which proved to be correct. With the mother’s consent, the Bailie committed the boy to the Mars.


1893 Wednesday, March 15th.

(Dundee Advertiser)


At the Leith Police Court yesterday John Connor Gallocher was brought up on the complaint that he was found on the 13th inst. wandering in Bernard Street, and, not having proper guardianship, it was craved that he be sent to an Industrial School. The grandfather stated that the boy’s father was dead, and the mother took no interest in him. He would not go to school, and ran wild. Another witness corroborated, and an officer for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said that the Society was willing to send him to the Mars Training Ship, and Bailie Blackie ordered the boy to be kept there till he is sixteen years of age.


1892 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 16th March.


In the Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday – Sheriff Campbell Smith on the bench – Peter Sinclair, William McArtney, and Philip McBride, 11, 9, and 12 years of age respectively, were brought up on different charges of theft from the shops. The complaint set forth that the three boys on 1st March, stole 10/- from the shop in Murraygate occupied by Robert Lorimer, milliner, and that on Saturday, 5th March, they stole a cloth bag containing £15 18/- from the shop in Victoria Road occupied by James McIntosh Andrew, draper…Sinclair and McArtney were sent to Baldovan…

Mr Agnew stated that McBride had been keeping bad company of late. The Sheriff granted a warrant to send all three to Industrial Schools, and the charges against them being withdrawn. McBride was sent to the Mars.


1892 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 23rd March.

RECRUITS FOR THE MARS – Ritchie, Sharkey, McBride.

In the Dundee Police Court yesterday – before Bailie Keith – James Lonie (17), Alexander Scott (14), Alexander Ritchie (13), and John Sharkie (13), were charged under the Trespass Act with having lodged in a stable in Wilkie’s Lane on Monday night without having obtained the consent of the owner. They all pleaded guilty. Ritchie’s father said his son had got quite beyond his control. He was associating with bad company, and would stay away from his father’s house a week at a time. The boy Sharkie was also beyond his friend’s control. The other two boys were admonished and dismissed, and Ritchie and Sharkie were committed to the Mars Training Ship till they attain the age of 16.

- James McBride (12), schoolboy, Douglas Street, was charged with having pulled out the drawer in the counter of the shop in Hawkhill with the intention of stealing. He pleaded guilty. Mr Dewar withdrew the charge in order that the boy might be dealt with under the Industrial Schools Act. The boys’ education had been entirely neglected, and at the age of 13 he did not know the alphabet. The Bailie committed him to the Mars till he attains the age of 16.


1892 Courier & Argus

Monday, 25th April.


James Nicholson (13), schoolboy, West Port, was charged with having stolen 12/- in money and a number of pencils and school requisites from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School, Blackness Road, on various occasions between 10 and 13 March. To these charges he pleaded guilty. His father appeared, and stated that he wished the boy sent to the Mars, as he had got entirely beyond his control. The Bailie complied with the father’s request.


1892 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 3rd May.


A boy named Robert Mackay, who had been remitted to the Police Court on a charge of theft was sent to the Mars Training Ship.


1892 Courier & Argus

Thursday, 5th May.


     A boy named David Gorman, having no fixed place of abode, was brought before Bailie Keith in the Dundee Police Court yesterday, as an applicant for the Mars. In support of the application it was stated that he was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Gorman, a char-woman, at present residing in Falconer’s Lodgings, Overgate. The woman came from Arbroath last Friday, and applied with her three children for shelter to the Curr Night Refuge. She left the children in the care of the Superintendent, saying she had two other children somewhere, whom she was going to “fetch,” but she never returned. The children were thus left in the Refuge, and they were afterwards handed to Mr Campbell, agent for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and he had taken them into the Shelter. The boy had no education, and it was his own desire to be sent to the Mars. Bailie Keith granted the boy’s request, and committed him to the Mars.


1892 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 10th May.


In the Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday, a boy named Robert Milne appeared before Sheriff Campbell Smith to be dealt with under the Industrial Schools Act. He was ordered to be confined in the Mars Training Ship till he attains the age of 16.


1892 Courier & Argus

Monday, 16th May.


On Saturday – before Hon. Sheriff-Substitute Littlejohn – David McRitchie,13 years of age, applied, under the Industrial Schools Act for admission to the Mars Training Ship. Mr Campbell reported that the boy was destitute, and his mother having been unable to support him. His Lordship, with the consent of the lad’s mother, who was present, sent him to the Mars Training Ship till he attains the age of 16.


1892 Courier & Argus

Thursday, 1st September.


Mathew Philips, a boy 12 years of age, was brought before Hon. Sheriff-Substitute Littlejohn, in the Sheriff Court yesterday as an applicant from the Mars Training Ship under the Industrial Schools Act. It was reported that he had been keeping bad company, and was in danger of drifting into crime. His mother was dead, and his father had lost control of him. His Lordship granted a warrant to commit the boy to the Mars, till he attains the age of 16.


1892 Courier & Argus

Monday, 5th September.


In the Police Court Saturday William Singers, schoolboy, Barrack Street, a lad about 12 years of age, was charged with having stolen a pocket handkerchief from the public washing-house on the 3rd August. He pleaded guilty…With the consent of the mother the lad was committed to the Mars until he attains the age of 16.


1892 Courier & Argus

Saturday, 1st October.


Yesterday before Hon. Sheriff-Substitute Littlejohn – George Crow, 12 years of age was brought forward as an applicant under the Industrial Schools Act. Mr Campbell (of the Boys’ Home) stated that the boy was homeless and destitute. For a time he had been under the care of the Parochial authorities but he had got beyond the control of his guardian. He was sent to the Mars Training Ship.


1892 Courier & Argus

Monday, 10th October.

BOYS FOR THE MARS – Flynn & Boag

Dundee Police Court – Before Bailie Keith – John Flynn (13) and Richard Flynn (8), Pitalpin Street, Lochee, and John Boag (13) and Robert Boag (11), from South Road, Lochee, were brought before the Bailie for having been found destitute in a court in Thorter Row on Tuesday morning last. Mrs Flynn who appeared in Court, stated that her boys were in the habit of staying out at night, and that they were beyond her control. She requested that they should be sent to the Mars Training Ship. Boag, also appeared, asked the Bailie to give the boys another chance. It was stated that the boys were Roman Catholics, and that Richard Flynn was too young for the Mars. Although the Roman Catholic Industrial Schools were full, and Mr Campbell stated that there was no vacancy at present in Baldovan Institution. Captain Dewar remarked that there seemed to be a deficiency in shore accommodation for the Roman Catholic boys, and, at a meeting of the Commissioners which he attended lately, that fact had been spoken to by quite a number. The Bailie sent John Flynn, Robert Boag, and John Boag to the Mars Training Ship till they attain the age of 16, and Richard Flynn was handed over to his mother.

(Robert Boag was refused entry to the Mars as they believed him to be less than 11 years of age. As all other Roman Catholic were full he was given up to his father.)


1892 Courier & Argus

Monday 17th October.


On Saturday – before Hon Sheriff-Substitute William Hay – Steven Wright, 12 years of age, was brought forward as an applicant under the Industrial Schools Act. Mr Campbell (of the Boys’ Home) reported that Stephen was homeless and destitute. His father had deserted him some time ago, his mother was in very poor circumstances, and as she was living in one of the lodging-houses she had no way for him. The Sheriff gave an order for his being sent to the Mars Training Ship until he attains the age of 16.


1892 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 16th November.


A boy’s escapade with an automatic machine.

Before Bailie McKinnon in the Police Court yesterday, David Bruce (12), schoolboy, Peter Street; Thomas Smith (11), schoolboy, Murraygate; and George Duncan (11), schoolboy, Hawkhill, were charged with having stolen four boxes of matches and eight cheroots from an automatic machine on the platform of the Tay Bridge Railway Station on Saturday, 29th Oct. Bruce pleaded guilty, the two others not guilty. From the evidence it appeared that the three youngsters were observed by one of the porters tampering with one of the automatic machines by inserting a piece of wire shaped like a penny into one of the slots. They were taken into one of the rooms of the station buildings and searched by a railway policeman, who found matches and cheroots on them, while Bruce had also a bent wire, with which it was alleged the machine was made to work and yield its treasures. After the boys were given into custody the machine was examined, when 21 rings were found inside, there was only one box of wax Vestas found on the boy Duncan, and he said he dropped in a penny in the slot and got it out. He was at the station waiting the arrival of his mother with the train, and was merely looking at the operations of Bruce and Smith. Mrs Bruce blamed the boy Smith for leading her boy astray. Smith was said to be an orphan. A man who had acted as his guardian for seven years said he was a bad behaved boy, and he wanted him sent to the Mars, as he would keep him no longer. Bruce was dismissed with an admonition, Smith was sent to the Mars, and the case against Duncan was dismissed not proven.