Attached is a transcription with a
“reasonably” close formatting of a petition which appeared in The Scotsman
newspaper, on the front page,
The purpose of the petition was to
establish boundaries and to set in place a town called Innerleithen as
defined in the “The General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act” of
1862. This act also known as “The Lindsay Act” gave a mechanism for
“populous places” to be legally established as somewhat police burgh and
therefore enable more suitable local infrastructure and self-government,
The list of those signing is wealth of
information and includes many well known established families of the town
and general area.
I include both a “Word” file and a PDF to
ensure that you see how the original document appeared.
Honourable the Sheriff of the County of Peebles,
the Petitioners of the Undersigned
Humbly Showeth. –
the County of Peebles, in which the Petitioners are Householders, is a
“populous place” within the meaning of “The General Police and Improvement
(Scotland) Act, 1862.”
Petitioners are desirous to have the Boundaries of said populous place,
for the purposes of said Act, fixed by your Lordship: and they therefore
make the present application in terms of said Act:
therefore please you Lordship to direct publication, by advertisement and
otherwise thereafter proceed herein as to your Lordship may see proper,
and in terms of said Act, and particularly part 1, sec. 2, clause 7.
According to Justice, kc.
JAMES W. DOBSON, Manufacturer, do.
THOMAS YOUNG, Accountant, do.
JOHN D. COX, Surgeon, do.
THOMAS LAIDLAW, Joiner, ms, do.
THOMAS DOBSON, Manufacturer, do.
ROB PROCTOR, Baker, sc., do.
JAMES HALL, Contractor, do.
JAMES FRASER, M.D., do.
RIDDELL, Innkeeper, do.
Wm. VALLANCE, Merchant, Innerleithen.
GEORGE RICHARDSON, Joiner.
THOMAS STEPHENSON, Painter.
JOHN WILKIE, Foreman.
WILLIAM RUICKBIE, Watchmaker.
D. McPHERSON, Hotelkeeper, Innerleithen.
ROBERT SMAIL, Bookseller, do.
ROBERT KIRKLAND, Warehouseman, do.
RICHARD PEARCE, St. Ronan’s Well.
JOHN DOBSON, jun., Manufacturer.
JOHN DOBSON, Manufacturer.
DOBSON & ARCHIBALD, Clothier.
ROBERT GARDNER, Innerleithen.
JOHN THORBURN, Willowbank.
JOHN TAIT, Baker.
ROBERT DALGLEISH, Baker.
JOHN BEATTIE, Merchant.
ROBERT SCOTT CONOCHER, Dyer.
JOHN TODD, Nether Pirn.
ALEXANDER LENNIE, Merchant.
THOMAS ARMSTRONG, Flesher.
CHARLES EUMAN, Merchant.
C & H EUMAN, Merchants.
ROBERT OLIVER, Stationer.
JAMES HARVEY, Shoemaker.
JOHN GIRWOOD, Coal Merchant.
J & W FREER, Drapers.
JAMES TEMPLE, Merchant.
JAMES LYLE, Schoolmaster.
CHARLES NICOL, Builder.
JAMES W. CAMPBELL, Painter.
M. MILLAR, Merchant.
ROBERT EUMAN, Sen.
STEVENSON MACADAM, Ph.D.
ALEX. WILLIAMSON, Minister of the Parish.
October 1867.- The Sheriff appoints the foregoing Petition and this
Deliverance thereon to be published by Advertisement on Two consecutive
Saturdays in the Scotsman and Peeblesshire Advertiser
Newspapers, and also by affixing a Copy of the said Petition and
Deliverance for Two consecutive Sundays on the Door of the Parish Church
(Signed) G. NAPIER.
foregoing PETITION to the SHERIFF of the COUNTY of PEEBLES is hereby
published in terms of the deliverances thereon.
BATHGATE, Peta. Prov.
October 12, 1867.