1898 Friday, January 28th.

(Dundee Advertiser)




Three boys were yesterday committed by Bailie Doig to training institutions. Peter McMahon (13), schoolboy, Brewery Lane, appeared on a charge of stealing a bottle of beer from a lorry in Polepark Road on 19th inst. The Prosecutor said that several complaints had been made against the boy for cases of theft, and the parents had been warned by the Committee of the School Board regarding non-attendance at school. In the opinion of the Prosecutor, the case was one for the Mars, and with that end in view he withdrew the charge. The Magistrate committed the lad to the Training Ship until he attains the age of 16.

   Two millworkers, John Reynolds (13) and John Boath (?) (11), living in Hilltown, pleaded guilty to stealing a purse and 2/- from a schoolboy in Ann Street and Reynolds also admitted the theft of two brass weights from a tobacconists’ shop in Murraygate. It was reported that the older boy had been the source of annoyance to residenters and shopkeepers in Hilltown. He had already been before the court for malicious mischief, and on different occasions had been connected with cases of theft. The Magistrate sent Boath to Baldovan Industrial School, while Reynolds was committed to the Mars Training Ship.



1898 June

(Press Cuttings, Blyth Hall)




George McInally (12) and James Thomson (10) schoolboys, living in Hilltown, were brought before Baillie Mathers at Dundee to-day charged with stealing a quantity of wood from the yard occupied by Messrs. John Robertson & Co. They admitted the charges. The Prosecutor said he would not press for a conviction, but with reference to Thomson he had made enquiries, and thought that the Mars would be a suitable place for him. There was an opening on the ship it was reported, and Bailie Mathers accordingly sent Thomson to that institution until he attains the age of 16. McInally he dismissed with admonition.