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HH15Prisoners' records1889-1942
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference HH15/20/1
Title Prisoner's record: Oscar Slater
Dates 1909-1927
Access status Open
Access conditions File opened following review under the Open Government Initiative White Paper (Cm 2290).
Location Off site
Description Penal record file of Oscar Slater convicted of murder. Tried at the High Court, Edinburgh, 6 May 1909, and sentenced to death, commuted to penal servitude for life.

File includes b/w prison photographs (2) on first reception at Peterhead prison, 7 Sep 1909, and discharge on licence, 14 Nov 1927.
Summary arrangement of file enclosures.
1. Weekly record of marks and gratuities earned by prisoner
2. Record of prisoner's letters
3. Prisoner's request sheet
4. Extract of sentence: certified copy of warrant of death sentence, 6 May 1909 and Scottish Office letter confirming commutation of sentence to penal servitude for life, 25 May 1909
5. Copy of indictment
6. Specimen of convict's handwriting
7. Cell door card
8. Industry card
9. Clothing and property list
10. Replies to petitions to Secretary for Scotland, 1909-1927
11. Miscellaneous papers, including
11(a). Description of convict
11(b). Enquiry Form Star Class (Police), Duke Street Prison, Glasgow
11(c) to 12(21) Enclosures to Penal Record file, correspondence to and from Slater, with translations, while a convict in prison, 1909-1927
12. Medical history sheets
13. Order of Licence, 11 Nov 1927
14. None
15. Governor's confirmation of liberation, 21 Nov 1927
16.Police certificate confirming that convict has reported and extract newspaper reports of trial.
Enclosures at HH15/20/2.
Level File
Closed until 01/01/1994
Copies Items 1 & 3 have been digitally imaged.
Publication note Prison reception photograph used in Thomas Toughill 'Oscar Slater, The Mystery Solved', Edinburgh, 1993.
Departmental cipher 1546
 

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