1887 Courier & Argus

Saturday, 19th February.



(12) Foundry Lane, was charged with having stolen a board 5 feet 10 inches long from a barricade in Peep O’ Day Lane on Wednesday, 16th inst. He pleaded not guilty. Evidence was led which established his guilt, which was shared in by one of his companions, who was made a witness. Mr Dewar stated that this was not Cannon’s first appearance. Last year, when he was tried for theft, (see 1886, 1st June) he was sent to the Mars, but he was rejected by the medical officer. He could neither read nor write, and he was a regular associate of thieves. As he would be accepted in the Industrial School, he departed from the charge of theft when the accused heard what he was destined for, he broke into a piteous whining, and declared he would never come back if he got away this time, and he would not have been there this time if it had not been for Johnnie Murphy. The Bailie committer the boy to Baldovan Industrial School…- Alexander Forbes (12) Church Street, Princes Street [sic], pleaded guilty to stealing two jackets, the property of Alexander Brown, porter, from a shed on the north side of Camperdown Dock on Tuesday. Mr Dewar said that this was a companion of the previous boy, and the jackets were taken to Cannon’s house. His mother, who has present, said she wished him to be sent to the Mars. He had a notion of the sea and the dress of the Mars’ boys, and she believed they would make a man of him if he was spared to come out. She would not like him sent to Rossie Reformatory, as there were some of his old companions there whom she would rather he did not come in contact with again. Mr Dewar withdrew the charge, and the Magistrate committed the boy to the Mars till he attained the age of 16 years.





1887 Thursday, 24th February.

Scotsman Digital


    At the Edinburgh City Police yesterday, a boy of fifteen years, James Ritchie Lothian Anderson, appeared on a charge of having escaped from the Mars Training Ship at Dundee last January. His father said that he and his wife were recently punished for harbouring the boy, and now that he was apprenticed to a grocer the authorities came and took him away again. Bailie Walcot said that was not the proper court to consider objections. The boy was sent back to the Mars.




1887 Courier & Argus

Friday, 4th March.


An applicant for the Industrial School was made for David Smith, 12 years of age, illegitimate son of Jane Smith, weaver, Caldrum Street. For some time past the boy had been keeping the company of thieves, and had gone beyond his mother’s control. The Magistrate committed him to the Mars, to be detained till he reached the age of 16 years.



1887 Courier & Argus

Friday 18th March.


    Michael McGuinn (11), residing in Rosebank Street, was brought before the Court as an applicant for the Mars. It was stated that he had been at school, and could read, but not write. He had lately been associating with thieves, staying out at night, and sleeping on stairs and outhouses. His father and mother lost control of him, and he was in danger of falling into evil habits. The case was continued for a day in order to have the boy medically examined :-

Dilly [sic] Mitchell (13) was brought before the Court charged with stealing 1/- from the house occupied by Margaret Mitchell, weaver, in North Wellington Street. It was stated that the boy had been abandoned by his father and mother, and he had been living with his aunt, from whom he stole money. The charge of theft was departed from, and the boy was committed to the Mars.



1887 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 22nd March.



In the Police Court yesterday – before Bailie Tulloch - Thomas Stewart (16), millworker and Luke Garrity (11) residing in Macdonald Street, were charged with stealing a copy of the British Workman from the door of a bookseller’s shop in High Street on Saturday last. Both pleaded guilty to the charge…In regard to Garrity, he would not go to school, and he associated with reputed thieves. His father wished to get him into some institution. Stewart was admonished and dismissed. The charge having been withdrawn against Garrity, he was committed to the Mars Training Ship…Charles McFarlane (12), South Church Street, Lochee, was next charged with stealing two smoked haddocks from a fish dealer’s shop in High Street, Lochee, on Saturday. He pleaded guilty. It was stated that the boy was an illegitimate child; his mother was drunken in her habits, and the boy had no home. He said to the owner of the fish that he was anxious to be sent to some institution. Mr Dewar withdrew the charge, and the boy was committed to the Mars.



1887 Courier & Argus

Saturday, 26th March.


(13) was brought before the Court, charged with stealing 2/10d in silver and copper money on the Tuesday from the house in North William Street, occupied by James Martin, labourer. He pleaded guilty to the charge. With the view of getting the boy dealt with under the Industrial School Act, Mr Dewar withdrew the charge of theft. His mother said she was anxious that he should be sent to the Mars, where he could be better taken care of then she could. She worked at the mill, and was not able to control him properly. The Bailie thereupon committed the boy to the Mars, till the age of 16.



1887 Monday, April 11th.

(Dundee Advertiser)


 Thomas Costella (12) was brought before the Magistrate at the Dundee Police Court on Saturday on an application to be sent to the Mars. It was stated that the boy’s father and mother were in bad health and unable to work, and Thomas had been in the Poorhouse for some time. He was in the habit of keeping company with reputed thieves, and when he worked he spent his wages, and told his mother he had lost them. The Magistrate committed him to the Mars until he attain the age of sixteen.

(Courier & Argus reported that his father had been an inmate of  Wellburn Refuge.)



1887 Courier & Argus

Friday, 6th May.


Thursday, before Bailie McCulloch –

    William Mitchell (13), residing in Hospital Wynd, was brought before the Court charged with cursing and swearing and committing a breach of the peace in Hilltown on Wednesday. Mr Dewar said the boy had no education, he could neither read nor write, and he was associating with thieves. His mother was recently prosecuted before the Sheriff Court for not keeping him at school. The boy has got beyond his mother’s control, and with the view of saving him from a life of crime Mr Dewar withdrew the charge to allow the Magistrate to deal with him under the Industrial Schools’ Act. The Bailie then committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship.


1887 Courier & Argus

Saturday, 4th June.


      A boy, 13 years of age, named William Proctor, was brought before Bailie Whyte in the Dundee Police Court as an applicant for the Mars. The circumstances of the case, as represented in the Court, are very pitiful. The applicant’s father, James Proctor, is a joiner of idle and drunken habits. Proctor’s wife died about six years ago, and left him with a family of six. The oldest was now about 12 years of age, and the youngest about 8, there being 2 younger than the applicant. About a year ago Proctor married again, but he and his second wife had led a very unhappy life. On Saturday last he broke up his house. His wife took a room for herself; a neighbour woman took in the two youngest children, and gave them shelter, but the applicant slept underneath one of the chairs on Magdalen Green all that night. Next night he was taken in by a kind neighbour along with his two young brothers. On Monday the young children were taken to the office of the Parochial Board, and that night they were taken charge of by their stepmother, and next day sent to the Poorhouse. On Monday night the applicant slept on a stair. He obtained lodgings in the Curr Refuge on the following night, and his circumstances being known to Mr Phin, Superintendent, that gentleman took steps to have the boy sent to the Mars. The lad could read and write fairly well, and was not inclined to bad habits. The family had been subjected to great hardship by their father’s conduct. Some years ago they were in the Poorhouse, while he was in prison, and only a few months ago the applicant was before the Court on a similar application, when his father appeared and objected, and the case was then dismissed. After hearing the circumstances of the case, Bailie Whyte committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship, to be detained till he reached the age of sixteen.



1887 Courier & Argus

Friday, 23rd September.



Dunfermline boy sent to the Mars – on Thursday the High Court, James Combe was ordered to be sent to the Mars Training Ship to stay there till he is 16 years of age, the boy being at present 13 years old.



1887 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 26th October.



    Thomas Cosgrove, a boy about 11 years of age, residing in Blackscroft, was charged with stealing about half a pound of sugar from a bag in a shed at Victoria Dock. He was found guilty but the charge was afterwards, withdrawn that he might be sent to an industrial school. According to the statement of his mother he had got fairly beyond her control. The Bailie committed the boy to the mars, to be detained on board till he reached the age of 16.