Pictorial blethers

By blethers

At court

Five year old Anna was probably too young to be at court, but here she is in the courtroom at Inveraray Jail, poking the nineteenth century wifie in front while some minor criminal was handed down what seemed to us a wildly excessive sentence.

Inveraray Jail is an attraction that has expanded hugely since I last visited it, both in scope and in detail. Those miserable cells - every bit as cold today as they would have been in use - were peopled by women as well as men, and by children as young as seven - apparently the minimum age thought eligible for incarceration. If I'm ever tempted to feel nostalgic about an earlier period in Argyll's history, I'll think of the madman locked up in the cell at the end of the corridor...

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