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Robert Flockhart Vickers

A Tale of Double Murder in Old Edinburgh

 

 

The text on the above stone reads:

 

HERE

ON DEC. 16TH. 1883

TWO BRAVE MEN

JOHN FORTUNE

AND

JOHN MACDIARMID

MET THEIR DEATH

IN THE

DISCHARGE OF DUTY


There is an interesting tale behind this stone, one that featured in the local and national papers in 1883 and 1884. On the 16th of December, 1883, Robert Flockhart Vickers and William Innes, were poaching on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Two gamekeepers, John Fortune, and John MacDiarmid, met their deaths at the hands of these poachers, who were, on the 31st of March, 1884, executed by hanging in Calton Prison, Edinburgh, for these crimes.


Articles from newspapers

Scanned images of trial minutes

"The Condemned Poachers"

Text of death sentence given to Robert Flockhart Vickers

Account from the Glasgow Herald of the execution.

Excerpt from book, "Scottish Crime and Punishment -100 years of Murder & Execution"

A poem about the "Gorbridge Murders"

How to find the stone

The Gamekeepers

RFV's wife Esther hare

The poaching exploits of the generation before


My thanks to: Colin Wilson, David Gee, and Bob Scott for the text and pictures on these pages..


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