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Trial of Katherine Nairn

A sad report about a young woman, Katherine Nairn, from Forfar, was married to a man twice her age.  It was said that she took her brother-in-law, Patrick, as a lover.  Patrick was a solder in the 89th Regiment of Foot.  Katherine and Patrick were accused of murder, incest and adultery – all capital offences in 1765.  Living with Katherine and her husband was the youngest brother, Alexander, and his mistress, Anne Clark a former prostitute.  Clark’s testimony runs for 18 pages in the report of the trial but is of a somewhat dubious nature as she was aware of the fact that her lover would inherit all if his brother and sister-in-law were executed.  A guilty verdict was handed down and Patrick was executed but Katherine was pregnant and was saved.