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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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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