1888 Courier & Argus

Monday, 2nd January.


Brought before Bailie Ogilvie.

(At the Dundee Police Court) John Gunn, Jun. (11) Blackness Road, was brought before the Court charged with stealing  a pasteboard box containing 18 Christmas cards from a draper’s shop door in West Port. The lad pled guilty, and Mr Dewar departed from the charge to enable the Magistrate to deal with him under the Industrial Schools Act. His father stated to the Magistrate that latterly the boy had gone beyond the control, and he wished him committed to some institution. His mother died about 18 months ago, and there were other three of a family besides the accused, all of whom were younger. The Bailie sent the boy to the Mars Training Ship.


1888 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 4th January.



The Dundee and East Photographic Association last night gave a treat to the Mars boys. By the lime light lantern a great number of photographic views of scenery, yachting, animals, &c., were shown on a large screen erected in the gymnasium, and were much enjoyed by the boys, the description of the slides by a member of the Association being both instructive and amusing. This is the second entertainment by the Society this winter to the patients in the Dundee Royal Infirmary. We understand the Society are to provide similar treat during the winter months at several of the Charitable Institutions in the town. (They exhibit at the Poorhouse on Friday 20th January.)


1888 Courier & Argus

12th January.


A boy sent to the Mars. A petition was presented to the Sheriff by the Procurator Fiscal that William Wyllie, aged twelve years and nine months, who had been wandering the streets without proper control, should be sent to the Mars Training Ship on the Tay, and on the evidence of an aunt and uncle of the boy’s, who said he lived with them, but they could not control him, an order was granted to send him there till he attain the age of 16.


1888 Courier & Argus

Friday, 13th January.


 Bailie Tulloch – Edward Gavin McMurray, a boy about 12 years of age, was committed to Mars Training Ship under the Industrial Schools Act. He was the illegitimate son of Janet McMurray or McIvor, but he had been brought up by a relation. Lately he had been associating with thieves, and had gone beyond the control of his guardians.


1888 Courier & Argus

Friday 27th January.


 Dundee Police Court – Bailie Doig

 George Sweeney (15) and Thomas Haggarty (13), brothers, residing in Hilltown, Dundee, were charged with having stolen a dress from a house of M. Haggarty or Monaghan, 69 Hilltown. They pleaded guilty. Their mother appeared, and said the younger boy would not go to school. The elder one worked occasionally. It was stated that the dress had been pledged for 4/-. Sweeney was dismissed with an admonition, and the Magistrate committed Haggarty to the Mars until he attained the age of 16.


1888 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 29th February.


Yesterday Bailie Duncan ordered Charles Ferrier (14), residing in Skinnergate, to be sent to the Mars Training Ship.



1888 Courier & Argus

Friday, 16th March.


 Patrick Gaffney (13) was brought before the Court as an applicant for the Mars. His qualification for the situation of “Mars boy” were, a general reluctance either to work or go to school, a habit of living anywhere except his father’s house, and associating with reputed thieves. The Bailie granted the application, and committed the boy to the mars till he attained sixteen years of age.


1888 Monday, March 19th.

Dundee Advertiser


 Application was made to the Magistrate at the Dundee Police Court on Saturday to have Thomas Wellburn (12), Rosebank Street, sent to the Mars. It was stated that the boy was beyond the control of his mother, stayed out late at night, and was keeping bad company. The application was granted.


1889 4th April

(Minute Books)

   There was read a letter from Captain Scott representing that boys Donald McPhail and A.L. Maurice, had friends in Canada and were desirous to have boys there, and that the boys were anxious to go, and asking whether the boys might be allowed to go. No outfit would be required, and the passage would be about 6 guineas each, the Committee considered the matter and thought it well to send the boys as requested.




1888 5th April

(Minute Books)

  There was read an application from the mother of boy George Croll to have him discharged from the Mars on license in order that he might be placed in another school.

   This application was very fully and carefully considered. The Committee had never exercised their powers in this respect and did not wish to encourage applications of this nature, but taking into consideration of the circumstances of this case they resolved to grant the application of Mrs Croll subject in all respects to the conditions specified in the Industrial Schools Act as to licensing boys, and also provided that Mr Moncur and Captain Crowdace, after personal enquiry shall report favourably to the Secretary.

A later minute -

A report was read from the headmaster of Balfour Street, Public School in regard to the boy Croll, a Mars boy on license, which was satisfactory.



1888 Courier & Argus

Friday, 6th April.


William Morrison, Jun, (13), Douglas Street, was charged with stealing two sugar cakes from a house in Watson’s Lane, on Wednesday, 4th inst. He pleaded guilty. That he might be dealt with under the Industrial Schools Act, Mr Dewar deserted the diet against him. The accused’s father said he had been a very bad boy, but he had never heard of anything dishonest against him. He was in the habit of staying out at night, sleeping on stairs, and would not attend school. The father expressed a wish that the boy might be sent to the Mars, and the Magistrate accordingly committed him to that institution.




1888 Dundee Advertiser


 John Pirie (11), Living at Exchequer Row.


1888 Saturday, April 14th.

(Dundee Advertiser)


 William Grindle (12 ½), Ryehill Lane, was charged at the Dundee Police Court yesterday with stealing 2/- from his father’s house. He pleaded guilty. Grindle’s father stated that his son was not behaving, and was beyond his control. He would not attend school, stayed out late at night, and the best place for him would be the Mars. Mr Dewar remarked that Grindle seemed to be a very fit subject for the Mars. He could neither read nor write, and when at school was in the First Standard. He had been guilty of small thefts from his father’s house previously. In order, however, that the Magistrate might send the boy to the Mars, he would withdraw the charge. An order was then granted committing Grindle to the Mars until he attains the age of 16.



1888 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 17th April.


The boy John Hensley, who was again brought up. (In front of Bailie Doig) He was found destitute and begging, having wandered from his home at Alva, Stirlingshire, in company with an elder brother, who was said to be a beggar and a confirmed wanderer. The Magistrate sent the applicant to the Mars till he attained the age of sixteen years.



1888 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 9th May.


In the Police Court yesterday before Bailie Tulloch – John O’Brien, 11 years of age, was brought forward as an applicant for the Mars. He was the son of Mary Falconer or O’Brien, who was a millworker, and resided in Tindal’s Wynd but was presently in the Dundee Prison. The boy would not attend school; stayed out at night, and kept the company of thieves. His father died about five years ago, and his mother was a widow. There were other two of a family – a girl, whose present residence was unknown, and a boy who was doing a term in the Old Mill Reformatory, Aberdeen. The mother lived in lodgings, but was that morning brought from prison to attend the Court on behalf of the boy. There were no less than 11 convictions recorded on the Police books against her for drunkenness and breaches of the peace. She was an improper guardian, and under her care the boy was likely to go astray. After considering the circumstances, the Magistrate committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship, to be detained till he reached the age of 16.


1888 Courier & Argus

Monday, 14th May.


    Brought before Bailie Tulloch – John O’Day (12), St Mary Street, was charged with having stolen a coat and vest on the 10th May; two shirts, two sheets, a bedcover, and two towels on the 11th May from his father’s house. He pleaded guilty. His father stated that the lad would not go to school, stayed out at night, and kept bad company. Mr Dewar withdrew the charge, and the boy was sent to the Mars until he attain the age of 16.


1888 Wednesday, 23rdMay.

(Dundee Advertiser)



At four o’clock the delegates assembled at the Harbour, where they joined the steamer Lass o’Gowrie, and were taken across the river to the training ship Mars. They were conducted over the ship, saw the boys at drill and in school, and assembled on deck to listen to the strains of the band. Before leaving, the Chief Shepherd returned thanks to the officers for their kindness in conducting the visitors over the ship. Hearty cheers were given by the boys when the steamer left the ship, and these were as heartily responded to by the delegates. The steamer was headed Westward through the piers of the Tay Bridge, so that the visitors had a good opportunity of inspecting the structure before returning to the harbour.


1888 Dundee Advertiser

Thursday, 7th June.


    Yesterday Miss Stewart of St Fort attained her majority, and the event was made the occasion of rejoicing by the tenants and servants on the estate. The weather was not favourable, the sky being overcast and a chilly East wind prevailing, and in the afternoon rain fell heavily. Notwithstanding these drawbacks the festivities were heartily engaged in by all present. The decorations for the occasion were of the most elaborate description. At the entrance to the pleasure grounds there was erected a beautiful arch of evergreens, the word “Welcome” in gold letters being conspicuous on an entablature above the imposts.  Near the entrance to the lawn was a floral arch, over which was placed the arms of the family, blazoned with the motto “Never fear.” The main entrance to the mansion house was decorated with a garland of evergreens, bays, rhododendrons, and bird cherry, with which was interwoven a strip of Stewart tartan, and on each side of the door was a shield on which was printed in gold letters “N.S.,” the initials of the fair proprietrix, the whole being surmounted with the motto, “Cead mile failte” – “A hundred thousand welcomes.” From the roof of the house a large number of flags and bannerettes were suspended, and two lines of bunting were carried across the lawn to trees opposite the main entrance. In honour of the occasion flags floated from several houses in Newport and Woodhaven farm. The Mars and her tender were gaily decorated with bunting, and flags were also displayed at the railway stations…

     During the afternoon and evening the land of the 1st F.A.V., under Mr Chambers, played a number of selections of music, and at intervals the young folks engaged in dancing on the lawn. About half past nine a fine display of fire-works took place in the neighbourhood of the mansion-house, and between ten and eleven o’clock a huge bonfire on Woodhaven Hill was lighted. The fireworks and the reflection of the bonfire were seen many miles from St Fort.

    The decorations were carried out under the superintendence of Mr Fenton, painter, Newport, assisted by Messrs Connacher, Anderson, and Johnston, and the bunting was erected by Messrs Dorward and Burn, petty officers on board the Mars. The arrangements for the building and lighting of the bonfire were in the hands of Mr Rhind, Woodhaven.

      To-day the Mars boys are to be entertained by Miss Stewart.


1888 Courier & Argus

Friday, 22nd June.


Before Bailie Tulloch –Thomas Yule (11) was charged with stealing a small sum of money from his father. It was stated that the boy had got beyond parental control, and was in danger of drifting into crime. Mr Dewar deserted the charge of theft, and, with the consent of his parents, the Magistrate committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship.


1888 Courier & Argus

Monday, 16th July.


Before Bailie Doig – James Cairns, 12 years of age, was brought before the Court to be dealt with under the Industrial Schools Act. It was stated that the case was one of a number that had been brought under the School Board. The boy was the son of Mrs McWilliams, and resided in Bernard Street. The accused’s father was a bottle-blower, but he deserted his wife and family in Glasgow about ten years ago. The deserted wife came to Dundee, and married her present husband. The boy had been going astray. He had almost no education, and he stayed out late at night, and associated with suspected thieves. The Magistrate committed him to the Mars Training Ship.




1888 Courier & Argus

Saturday, 22nd September.


A boy named Andrew Garvie was brought forward as an applicant for the industrial school. He was the son of a man named Garcie, a flaxdresser, who deserted his wife and family some years ago. The boy had been his mother’s control. The Magistrate committed to the Mars for four years.



1888 Courier & Argus

Saturday, 24th November.



Dundee Police Court Monday – Before Bailie Black, Daniel Fox (12), schoolboy, Forebank Road, was brought before the Court and committed to the Mars Training Ship. The qualifications of the young Fox for a berth aboard the big ship was a general recklessness of character, a disregard to the admonitions of the schoolmaster, a covetous desire to taste the luscious sweets of the confectioners’ store, and abandoning himself to the seductions of theftously inclined companions. For some months past he has been running wild about the town, closely watched by the “peelers,” whom he regarded as natural enemies. At last he was brought to bay on the roof of a bakehouse in Forebank Road. He had torn three or four tiles off the rigging of the house, and was enjoying a Pisgah-like view of the toothsome delicacies below, when he was seen and collared, and dragged off to limbo. He seems to have had a mania for skylarking, and it was not the first time he had scaled a wall scrambled on a house-top. He was considered a suitable subject for the Mars, as he could climb like a monkey, and was just the sort of thing sailors were made of.



1888 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 11th December



William Morrison (13) Gellatly, was also brought before the Court on a charge of petty theft. On the Representation of the Rev. Mr Blumenreich, the charge was withdrawn, and the boy committed to the Mars.