Courts

Inveraray Convicts

from Oban

1726
Charles McLACHLAN, described as the vagrant, single son of Dugald Buy McLachlan, also a vagrant, from Oban.
Convicted of Theft on 21 March 1726, having been tried by: Justiciary Court of Argyll
His sentence: Life Banishment to the American plantations.
Other Information: McLachlan's brother, Duncan, who was deceased at the time of the trial, stole a boat and the two of them went to Oban where they stole three barrels of salted herring.
There was a storm and they lost two of the barrels, but the third was sold to a man near Fort William.

1830
John McMILLAN, age 17 and Blacksmith (so born about 1813 in Oban, son of Neil McMillan, a blacksmith)
Convicted of Theft on 19 November 1830, having been tried by the Sheriff Substitute
His sentence was 30 days imprisonment but he was held from 10 September 1830 to 19 December 1830 a total of 100 days in Inveraray Jail
On 7 September 1830 McMillan was instructed by his employers, Lieutenant James Cassel and James Horation Nelson Cassel, an innkeeper in Oban, to drive a lady and gentleman in a gig to Dalmally.
He was to be given £1 4s, which was the agreed payment for the hire.
Upon arrival at Dalmally he was given the money, but then returned to Oban claiming he had been assaulted and the money stolen.
The gig was also destroyed by falling over a precipice; the horse was killed. McMillan blamed this event on the robbers.

1834
Colin McRAE, A single man of 20 years (so born in Oban about 1814) who's occupation was Seaman
His father was John McRae, Labourer, then deceased and his mother was Nancy McRae
He was convicted of Rioting & Sabbath breaking on 12 April 1834 by Sheriff MacLaurin
And sentence to 10 days imprisonment but he served 35 days from 18 March 1834 to 22 April 1834 (35 days in Inveraray Jail)

On the night of 16 March 1834 - the sabbath! - McRae did "in a state of intoxication and in a riotous and disorderly manner invade the house [of] Robert Campbell of Sonachan and at the time in the occupation of Mrs Isabella Campbell, a widow".
The Rev. Alexander McKenzie was also there.
McRae broke several panes of glass, swore and blasphemed and assaulted a passer-by who tried to stop him.
McRae claimed he was too drunk to remember anything.

1851
Donald McMILLAN, age: 21 (so born about 1830, in Oban) Next of Kin declared as Dugal McMillan, High Street, Oban,
Was convicted on 10 April 1851by: Lord Cockburn & Jury of Theft by Housebreaking having broken into a shop in George Street, Oban and stolen 30/- & a loaf of bread.
His Occupation was Sailor
He was sentenced to 7 years Transportation
and was transported to Millbank Prison on 11 November 1851, thence to to Portsmouth Prison: 26 April 1852 and was discharged from Portsmouth on license on 13 September 1854
However, that was not the last of Donald McMillan. See separate file: DONALD McMILLAN or BELL

1855
Margaret SINCLAIR or AITKEN, aged: 33 (so born about 1822, in Glasgow)
Working in Oban as a domestic servant and declared single.
Trial Date: 5 January 1855
Convicted to 14 days imprisonment for the theft of a turnip, having 1 Previous Conviction
She was admitted to Inveraray Jail the next day and released 13 days later on the 19 January 1855
Tried by: James Forsyth JP at Oban

1856
Nicol DOUGLAS, age: 27 (so born about 1829 in Oban)
Occupation was a Militiaman, and he was single.
He was at Inveraray for two trials
Trial Date: 9 June 1856
For Theft in front of Sheriff MacLaurin, which was Not Proven, but he had spent 14 days in Inveraray Jail.

Trial Date: 5 December 1864
For Assault in front of Bailie McGilvray at Oban, for which he was sentenced to 1 month imprisonment
and he was released: 5 January 1865

Date unknown
Duncan McKECHNIE age: 10, born in Kilbride, Oban
was tried for stealing shop keys by Sheriff Hamilton.
Other Information: Removed 21 February to Wellington Reform School. Could read and write a little. Records show him as being an orphan.

1861
**Alexander CAMPBELL, married, age 30 (so born about 1831, in Kilchrenan)
His address was given as Raschoill, near Oban, and he worked as a Gardener.
He was convicted on 20 September 1861, having been tried by Lord Ivory & Jury
and was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment with 3 months hard labour
He first went to Inveraray Jail on 25 May 1861 and was bailed on 31 May
Following his conviction he was taken on 12 October 1861 to General Prison, Perth from Inveraray

Campbell's previous address was Stafford Street, Oban and it was in a passage outside this house that he attacked his wife, Mary, nee Ferguson.
Using his fists and a stone he struck the unfortunate woman several blows on her head, cutting her in two places, and knocked her to the ground where he proceeded to kick her.
The attack took place on 24th May 1861.

1863
Archibald McLACHLAN a single man from North Knapdale aged 30, so born around 1833
At the time of the trial he was resident in Narrachan in the parish of Kilchrenan & Dalavich and worked as a Cattle Dealer.
He was convicted of assault with a lethal weapon on 29 April 1863 by Lord Neaves & Jury
His sentence was 4 months imprisonment & to find bail of £50 to keep peace or 5 more months in prison.
He spent from 29 April 1863 to 29 August 1863 in Inveraray Jail, and was after finding caution (122 days in Inveraray Jail)

Archibald Mclachlan attacked James McTaggart, a shepherd, in a public house in Combie Street, Oban.
The victim was hit on the head with a shovel and then the accused punched and kicked him.

1872
William MELLY or MAILEY, age: 48 (so born 1824 in Inneskillan - Ireland)
Was tried for Bigamy on 11th October 1872 by Sheriff Home, and Jury
He was a Hawker, living in Oban, married.
He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment in Inveraray Jail from 24 August 1872 - 12 April 1873 (231 days in prison)

William Melly married Elizabeth Leonard in Enniskillen in July 1857.
They left Ireland for Scotland shortly afterwards and settled in Stirling.
Elizabeth left the marital home around 1865-66.
On 15th July 1872 Melly went through a marriage service in the Episcopal Chapel in Oban with Mary Brodie or McInnes, a domestic servant.
The happy bridegroom claimed that at the time he fully believed his first wife was dead.

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