Glenluce Lock-up

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Overview

Alternative Names   Glenluce Prison

Nation   Scotland

County   Wigtownshire

Location    Glenluce

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1800-1899

Building Type   Lock-Up, Town Hall

Remarks   Building in which the lock-up was part, was formerly the town house

Description

'The prison of Glenluce, which is used only as a lock-up house, is an arched cell, 15 feet long, 6 1/2 feet broad, and 6 1/2 feet high, without window or chimney, or any other means of light or ventilation. The building, of which it forms part, was once the town-house, but it is now private property, and the tenant is paid a guinea a-year for allowing the county to make use of this cell as a lock-up house. No instance of escape is remembered, but an attempt was made about two years ago. The prison would not be a secure place of confinement for persons under serious charges, and it is never used as such; persons of this description being kept in a public-house until they can be sent on to Stranrear. The cell is dry, but I found it dirty. There was, however, no prisoner, and I was told that there are not on an average more than about a dozen in the course of the year, and that these are chiefly drunken people put in for disturbing the peace.'

Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p. 40

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    Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain IV. Scotland, Northumberland and Durham, Third Report (Parl. Papers, 1837-38, XXXI.299), p. 40

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