New Light on Anson’s Voyage 1740 – 4: a Mad Sailor on Land and Sea

By R.A. Houston, published August 2002


An account of one of Anson’s crew who suffered madness at sea and, three years after his return, committed a murder in his hometown of Edinburgh. He had previously shown clear evidence of an unbalanced mind. The paper goes into the legal aspects of the life of the murderer before and after four years at sea, together with a consideration of his possible mental condition.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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