1883

(Minute Books)

4th January the new hospital in the granary building is now complete and is capable of receiving 30 boys.

1883 Monday, March 5th.

BOY SENT TO THE MARS – THOMAS CARR

Thomas Carr a bright, intelligent looking boy, twelve years of age, was brought before Bailie Norrie at the Dundee Police Court on Saturday as a candidate for the Mars Training Ship. It was stated that the boy wandered about the streets in a destitute condition, and that he was found sleeping in an egg-box in Daniel Street the other night. His mother was liberated from prison on Friday, and during the day she was again apprehended for drunken and riotous conduct. She was brought forward along with the boy, and the Magistrate fined her 10/6d with the alternative of seven days’ imprisonment, remarking that her conduct was disgraceful, in spending her means on drink and allowing her child to wander about the streets. It would be the saving of the boy to send him to an institution, and he therefore granted an order for his admission to the Mars.

 

1883 Dundee Advertiser

Friday, 6th April.

A RECRUIT FOR THE MARS – FRANCIS CONNOLLY

Yesterday at the Dundee Police Court Mrs Connolly residing in Nelson Street, asked the Magistrate to send her son Francis, aged twelve, on board the Mars. He refused to attend school, it was said, kept company with idle boys of bad reputation, and was frequently from home for days and nights. Mrs Connolly was deserted by her husband nine years ago, and she and two of her children had to work to support themselves. The Magistrate granted the application.

 

 

 

1883 April 17th.

(Aberdeen Weekly Journal)

 

BOY SENT TO THE MARS TRAINING SHIP

 

Yesterday Mr C.F. Runcy, Assistant Procurator Fiscal, presented a petition to Sheriff Dove Wilson, in the Aberdeen Sheriff Court, praying him to grant an order for the admission of George Keith Ross, 12 years of age, son of a hawker, residing at 7 Peacock’s Close, Aberdeen, to the Mars Training Ship. The boy it was stated, had been found wandering about without proper guardianship, and his mother, who was in court, said she had tried all she could to keep him at school, but he would not go. His father was from home the greater part of the week hawking. Mr Gall, School Board Officer, said he was satisfied from the enquiries he had made that the parents had done all they could to get him to go to school. The father of the boy was not able bodied, and the mother was not able to exercise proper control over him. The lad was getting into bad company. The Sheriff granted the prayer of the petition, and ordained the detention of the boy in the Mars till he was 16 years of age.

 

 

 

 

1883 Monday May 7th

(Glasgow Herald)

 

EDINBURGH – IMPRISONMENT OF DEFAULTING PARENTS

 

On Saturday, before Sheriff Hamilton Bridget McFarlane or Moran, a hawker, was convicted of neglecting to provide elementary education for her son, 11 years of age, and she had been repeatedly cautioned by the Edinburgh School Board, and declined to allow her boy to be sent to the Mars Training Ship. The Sheriff ordered her to be imprisoned for 7 days without the option of a fine.

 

 

1883 Saturday May 12th.

(Aberdeen Weekly Journal)

 

BOY SENT TO THE MARS TRAINING SHIP

 

Mr C.F. Runcy, Advocate, on Wednesday presented petition before Sheriff Brown, in the Aberdeen Sheriff Court, to the effect that Charles Sutherland (12), residing at 60 Gallowgate and who had been found wandering without proper guardianship, should be sent to the Mars Training Ship till ha attain the age of 16 years. In support of the petition evidence was led, showing that the boy, whose father is dead, and whose mother was unable, through having to work out of doors, to properly attend to the upbringing of her son, had been the source of trouble to the teachers whose schools he had attended, being a habitual truant. He was also, it was proved, in the custom of staying out late, often not returning home till midnight. The prayer of the petitioner was granted.

 

1883 12th May.

(Admission Book)

 Boy James Robertson, Protestant from Newport. Boy came on board and asked to be taken, having no home.

 

1883 November, Tuesday 20th.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal

3 BOYS SENT TO THE MARS

George Shewan, John Tester and Kenneth Mackenzie.