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William Douglas was insane - sentenced to be kept in prison all the days of his life

7 September 1795 - The Scots Magazine.

The Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened at Dumfries on Monday last, by the Right Hon. Lord Justice Clerk and Lord Craig.

The Court, at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning, proceeded to the trial of William Douglas, Esq; late of Luce, accused of murdering Archibald Little, farmer in Park.

The Jury found the murder proven; but found that, at that time, the said William Douglas was insane, and deprived of reason. He was sentenced to be kept in prison all the days of his life in the jail of Dumfries, unless some friend or other person should find sufficient caution, to the extent of L. 1000, to keep him in safe and sure custody, so as to prevent him from committing the like crime in time coming.

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