"Witchcraft - Poisoning - Treasonable Murder.
(The case of Robert Erskine, which follows, and the subsequent trial of his three sisters, Helen, Isobel, and Annas, afford very lamentable proofs of the beneful effects of an all-engrossing spirit of covetousness. There cannot be a doubt that the sordid avarice of these individuals, habitually indulged, and permitted to acquire the entire ascendency over their minds, rapidly terminated in the perpetration of the highly revolting crimes for which their lives were just forfeited to the offended laws of their country...."
|excerpt from 'Minutes of Privy Council Proceedings' taken from page 63 of the above book|
During the course of my research I had been given information from another 'ancestor', though the information was not in such detail - it had only hinted that an uncle had committed a crime by killing one nephew and in the attempt left another nephew alive though injured.
This book was published 1829 - 1833 and according to wiki "Robert Pitcairn (14 August 1793 - 11 July 1855 FRSE was a Scottish antiquary and scholar who contributed to works published by Walter Scott and the Bannatyne Club. He was the author of Criminal Trials and other Proceedings before the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland. He was head of the Edinburgh Printing and Publishing Company and secretary of the Calvin Translating Society. Pitcairn was a fellow the of Scociety of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a Writer to His Majesty's Signet, and a member of the Maitland Club."