Unsolved Murders

Child

Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 22 Jul 1904

Place: Half-Moon Plantation, Archerfield House, Dirleton, Haddingtonshire

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

A child was found dead.

The mother had had a stormy relationship with a man with whom she had had a child. She went to see him with the child and laid it at his feet and left.

The child was found dead 5 months later some woods in the grounds.

The man was charged with murder but acquitted.

The mother had travelled from Newcastle with the child on 22 July 1904 to Archerfield, Haddingtonshire. But after a row with him she left the baby at his feet and stormed off.

The defence claimed that it was the mother that had killed the child.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Derby Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 28 March 1905

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 01 April 1905