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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Stop Press! 4th January 1890 - 66th Court Appearance Follows New Year Merriment

My local paper,  "The Hawick News "of 4th January 1890 reported:

Yesterday before Provost Milligan, Gilbert Oliver, labourer of Baker Street, who was considered to be past redemption having made his 66th appearance in court, was sentenced to three days imprisonment for being drunk".

That Provost Milligan should consider Gilbert Oliver was “past redemption",  was a bit surprising, considering the  resources in the town to combat drunkenness.   In 1890 Hawick had around 15 churches, a Catholic Chapel, Salvation Army Corps, quite a few Mission Halls, Christian Brethren, and several long established Total Abstinence Movements. 

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