Our current book project is about John Watson Laurie – the longest serving Scottish prisoner.  He was commuted to penal servitude for life in 1889 and spent the rest of his life in Peterhead Prison, then latterly the criminal lunatic asylum section of Perth Prison.

Many of the books documenting the story of the murder are freely available through archive.org

Some of them have been listed here:

The Evil that Men Do – Vol 2

Great Unsolved Crimes

12 Scots Trials

Who’s Who Vol 1

Annual Register 1889


Goatfell Book Cover