Granite Noir: Crime In Medieval Aberdeen with William Hepburn Festival

Granite Noir: Crime In Medieval Aberdeen with William Hepburn

What crimes were committed in medieval Aberdeen? Who committed them? What measures did the authorities take to prevent and punish crime? This talk will draw on the work of the Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers (LACR) project to shed light on those who fell on the wrong side of the law in the streets of Aberdeen 500 years ago. It will look at the many acts of violence and breaches of the peace recorded in the UNESCO-recognised Aberdeen Council Registers. It will also focus on rare evidence for more serious crimes such as murder. It will show how crime was tried in Aberdeen’s courts and what kind of punishment people faced if they were found guilty. The talk will also showcase the work of the LACR project and offer tips for those keen to research Aberdeen’s history or find inspiration for creative writing.


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