The Trial of Ann Glascott




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Bathurst Courier, May 5, 1848

On Thursday last an inquest was held in the town on view of the body of an infant male child by Robert Muirhead, Coroner, when the jury returned the following verdict:  “that the infant found died on the 25th April, inst., was born alive and that it came to its death through willful neglect of its mother; and it is the opinion of the jury from the strong presumptive evidence brought before them; that Ann Glascott, nursery maid in the employ of Hon. R. Matheson in this place is the mother of said infant”.  Thomas Brooke, Foreman

Bathurst Courier, May 12, 1848

The trial of Ann Glascott for misdemeanour ended yesterday evening a short time before going to press.  We cannot, therefore, enter as fully into the matter as we would have wished. Jane Griffith, a servant in the household of R. Matheson, found the dead child in the bottom of the privy wrapped in a red flannel child’s frock resembling those worn in Mr. Matheson’s family.

Mr. Matheson, when informed, took immediate steps to have an inquest held.  Jane Griffith and Mary Cogrove, another servant, had both been suspicious that Ann was pregnant and that on Saturday, 13th April she was delivered of a child in Mr. Matheson’s nursery.  Dr. Wilson testified the child was fully grown and a male and its neck had been broken.  Dr. Nichol examined Ann and felt she had recently been pregnant.  R. E. Matheson testified he did not know she was pregnant.  Verdict of the Jury:  Guilty



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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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