1885 Courier & Argus

Monday, 19th March.

A CANDIDATE FOR THE MARS – JOHN SWAN

John Swan, 12 years of age, residing with his father in Ryehill Lane, was brought forward as an applicant for an industrial school. It was stated that the boy was beyond his parents’ control, and was associating with thieves. The Magistrate committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship till he attained the age of 16.

 

1885 Courier & Argus

Monday, 29th June.

BOY SENT TO THE MARS – JOHN FULLERTON

THE EFFECTS OF BAD COMPANY

In Dundee police Court yesterday – before Bailie Doig – John Fullerton, 13 years of age, a millworker, residing in Barrack Street, was charged with stealing a pair of boots from the house of John Campbell, labourer, Barrack Street, on Saturday, 20th June. He pleaded guilty, and his mother, who was present, stated that her son had been out of her jurisdiction for a considerable time past. He had been keeping company with reputed thieves, and had been staying away from home at night. Mr Dewar said that from the statement made by the boy’s mother it was evident that he was on the way to becoming a reputed thief…The Bailie ordered him to be sent to the Mars till he attained the age of 16.

 

 

 

1885 Dundee 14th September.

(Minute Books)

 ABSCONDING BOYS

   The Chairman explained that 7 boys have deserted from the Mars on the evening of the 8th inst. by means of a boat then in the water for a special purpose, launched themselves at Broughty Ferry, and travelled thence into the country. That 6 of the 7 were captured by the county police, in the neighbourhood of Monifieth, and brought to Dundee. That although the boys or some of them had been found guilty of stealing in the country, the Procurator Fiscal, on the representation of the secretary. That if the boys were convicted of crime they would not be re-admitted to the Mars took a merciful view of the case, and decided to restore them to the Mars to be dealt with in accordance with the rules of the institution.

   On hearing of this statement the committee adjourned to the Mars for the purpose, and the boys were accordingly flogged in presence of the ship, of the other boys, and of Dr Stewart the Medical Officer of the Institution.

   Boy John Nicol, although a ringleader was not flogged being a voluntary boy, but the Committee ordered that he be confined to his cell pending arrangements for dismissing him from the ship.

 

1885 Courier & Argus

Thursday, 22nd September.

GRADUATING FOR THE MARS – WILLIAM EADIE

(11) Residing in Dallfield walk, was charged with stealing various sums of money amounting to 10/-, entrusted to him on several occasions between Saturday, 8th August, and Saturday, 5th September, by a woman named Mary Gardner, Dallfield Walk, to pay to the treasurer of a Yearly Society. He admitted his guilt. Mr Dewar then withdrew the charge, to enable the Magistrate to deal with the boy under the Industrial Schools Act. The boy had been keeping bad company, and was past the control of his mother. Bailie Taylor committed him to the Mars Training Ship.

 

1885 Courier & Argus

Thursday, 22nd October.

RECRUIT FOR THE MARS – ROBERT McFARTRIDGE

Yesterday Robert McFartridge, 12 years, residing with his father, James McFartridge, 40 Watson’s Lane, was brought before Sheriff Campbell Smith. Mr Scrymgeour stated that he was a wild boy, stayed out at night, and would neither work nor go to school, and was beyond the control of his father, and associated with thieves. Sergeant McBay corroborated the statement. The father having agreed, the boy was committed to the Mars Training Ship till he attains the age of 16 years.