NJ3060 : Kennieshillock

taken 7 years ago, near to Muir of Lochs, Moray, Great Britain

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Kennieshillock
Kennieshillock
This mound, now the site of a concrete water tank, is the spot where Kenneth Leal, a messenger at arms and vintner from Elgin, was executed on 7 July 1773. His crime was that he had robbed the postboy of his horse and mail on the road from Fochabers to Elgin in December 1772, for which Leal was sentenced to be hanged and his body hung in chains near Janet Innes' cairn. There are several reports of the crime, proceedings and execution in the 'Aberdeen Journal' of the day.

The Minister (or perhaps the Session Clerk) of Urquhart wrote in the parish register, "1773. NB This year Keneth Leal belonging to Elgin was executed and hung in chains on the Moor betwixt Elgin and Fochabers, on an eminence (visible from all parts of the Country) near the public road, for robbing the mail. He did no harm to the Postboy farther than knocking him off his horse. An immense concourse of Spectators attended: and it being during Summer and Autumn he hung, no-one would taste the fruit that grew within several miles of him all around, which therefore was utterly lost; though there never was a more abundant crop."

The event also attracted attention from several of the London newspapers of the time:

Edinburgh, Jan 4. We hear from Elgin, that the summons and execution advertised to have been lost, by the robbery of the post hear that place on the 23d ult were found a few days ago, in the muir near Peddensear, by a gentleman who has delivered them to the owner. The nine bills and other papers are not found. [Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, 12 January 1773]

On the 7th instant, Kenneth Leal, convicted of having robbed the mail between Elgin and Fochabers in December last, was executed, and his body hung in chains near the place where he committed the robbery. [General Evening Post (London), 13-15 July 1773; London Chronicle, 12-15 July 1773; Daily Advertiser (London), 15 July 1773]

On Wednesday the 7th instant, Kenneth Leal, convicted of having robbed the mail between Elgin and Fochabers in December last, was, pursuant to his sentence, executed, and his body hung in chains, near the place where he committed the Robbery. [Public Advertiser (London), 15 July 1773]

On Wednesday the 7th instant, Kenneth Leal, convicted of having robbed the mail between Elgin and Fochabers in December last, was, pursuant to his sentemce, executed, and his body hung in chains, near the place where he committed the Robbery. We are hopeful that this striking example will have a proper effect to deter such daring offenders from the commission of a crime of the most dangerous tendency to the public. [Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, 15 July 1773]
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Thursday, 11 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 11 August, 2011
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Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 3025 6075 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:37.8768N 3:10.1819W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 3023 6076
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