Trial of John M'Dougall & James Menzies, Before Sir John Connell..
by Trial; M'Dougall, James, Defendant; Menzies, James
1821. A Brazen Case of Maritime Insurance Fraud in Scotland [Trial]. M'Dougall, James, Defendant. Menzies, James, Defendant. Trial of John M'Dougall & James Menzies, Before Sir John Connell, Knt. Judge Admiral of Scotland, For Casting Away a Vessel, The Friends of Glasgow: And of John M'Dougall, And Archibald M'Lachlan, For Abstracting Goods from a Vessel Called the Mary, And Afterwards Scuttling Her. Glasgow: Printed by Young and Gallie, For Maurice Ogle, 1821. 34 pp. Lacking half-title. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Minor edgewear, light soiling to exterior, moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves. A scarce title. $750. * Only edition. The well-insured ships owned by M'Dougall and Menzies had a suspicious tendency to founder. This was not a problem for the firm. Indeed, insurance payments enabled it to prosper. The present case involved two ships that were built by the firm, then scuttled for insurance. The Friends of Glasgow, with a cargo of coffee for Hamburg, and the Mary, with a cargo of calico cloth for Trinidad. Providentially, and just like previous scuttlings, the captains and crews were saved. M'Dougall was indicted for insurance fraud. He successfully faked insanity at his trial and escaped with a light sentence: banishment to Botany Bay for the rest of his life. OCLC locates 3 copies (LA County Law Library, Social Law Library, National Library of New Zealand); COPAC adds 1 more (National Library of Scotland). MacKenzie, Old Reminiscences of Glasgow and the West of Scotland 520-552. (Inventory #: 65683)
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