1927 Miner Whose Mind Wandered



Archibald Russell, miner, 39 Glasgow Springwells, Blantyre, was before Sheriff Anderson at the Falkirk Police Court on Monday 27th June 1927, charged with having, on 25th in a shop in Union Road, Camelon, stealing a pair of shoes.

Archibald pleaded guilty, appeared genuinely remorseful and said he had no intention of taking the shoes, but owing to his work injury, found his mind wandered at times.

It was the first time he had ever been in court or in trouble with the law. He had been ordered by the doctor not to take alcohol on top of his medicine, but had omitted on this particular occasion to carry out those  instructions.

He had been at the Camelon  races and enjoyed a good day. Mr J. G. Morrison, the Burgh Fiscal said refreshments head been sold at the shop. Archibald and another man had tea in the shop but when they left, the shoes were missed, and police were informed. The police went in search of them, and Archibald dropped the shoes in a public-house when he saw police approaching. Despite the story of medicine and good character, the fiscal said this was an impudent theft by persons outwith the area. The penalty was to be 20s, or as commonly was in those day, if the fine couldn’t be paid, the alternative of ten days imprisonment.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016
Pictured for illustration is one of those races days in Camelon during the 1920s.

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