Previously in a Black Sheep Sunday post, I wrote about this bloke, a bit of a drunk in and out of the Dundee Courts during the 1930s for drinking misdemeanours.  While searching the British Newspaper archives his name popped up again.

JAMES FERRIER BAIRD 1899 ASSAULTLocating a newspaper article from May 1899 did not paint a pretty picture.

James pleaded guilty to assaulting Mary Ann Stirling or Anderson a 58 year old woman who suffered from paralysis.  Mary Ann had been on a visit to Dundee and upon returning home to New Alyth was “attacked by the prisoner” in her neighbour’s house.  Escaping to her home, James followed her and again assaulted her “whereby she was cut to the effusion of blood”.  At Perth Court, the Hon. Sheriff Substitute Wilson imposed a fine of 30 shillings with the option of a month’s imprisonment.

Whether his incarceration in 1901 was related to this assault is yet to be determined.