Trial of Deacon Brodie

The fourth of the NBT series was TRIAL OF DEACON BRODIE, edited by William Roughhead.

A catalogue issued in 1954 by William Hodge gave the following description of the case:

“The trial of William Brodie for breaking into and robbing the General Excise Office for Scotland took place at Edinburgh on 27th and 28th August, 1788. The story of his strange career is as enthralling as any romance. The double life which he so long and successfully led – as a respected citizen and town councillor by day, and by night the captain of a band of housebreakers – was the wonder of the country at the time. Robert Louis Stevenson owed to him the original conception of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

See the full list of cases in the original series at the following webpage:

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