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William Porter, prisoner

William Porter, prisoner


This photograph shows prisoner William Porter with his head being held still for a photograph. This image is found in a 'Criminal Lunatic Department Case Book'. William was admitted to Perth Prison in 1881 for housebreaking and theft. It recently featured in the 2019 Fringe Festival exhibition ‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’; for more information about his behaviour and doctor's notes on his condition, please visit the 'Prisoners or Patients' page on our website. 

Prisoner William Porter, 1881

Crown copyright, NRS, HH21/48/3 page 7 (Link to the Online Catalogue entry)