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  The sentence for three thieves from St Harmon  

When the three thieves broke into a house it was obvious that they had thought about it, and had planned it beforehand. It wasn't something that they were tempted into on the spur of the moment. This was just the sort of criminal behaviour that the Justices were keen to stamp out.
The three men were all found guilty, and the entry below records their punishment.


It reads:
"That the said George Harrison, John Brown and James Kirk be imprisoned in the Common Gaol of this county for the space of Six Calendar Months and be there kept to hard labour."

The three men must have had a very hard time in prison breaking rocks every day. They would have found it very difficult to get work when they came out. For them crime certainly did not pay !

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