Photograph of Post Jean
"Here is an interesting photo from my
collection. It would be interesting if any of your
correspondents could shed some more light on it.
This photograph is one of
a number that my mother in law gave me. She is in her
late-eighties. Her grandparents were the station masters at Leadburn
Station (on the route to Biggar and Symington) and may have known
Post Jean well.
Message on the Back
"This undated photo of Jean has the
following description on the reverse:"
Biggar & Symington
Met Burke & Hare
a young woman.
Burke and Hare (Renowned
Resurrectionists or Body Snatchers ) Tanner’s Close ~ West
Port Edinburgh ~ late 19th Century
William Burke was b.1792
Ireland – d. (hanged) Edinburgh 28 January 1829, arrived in
William Hare (b.1792 or 1804
Ireland – released from prison February 1829.
Whereabouts thereafter unknown, arrived in Scotland date
They were both Canal Navies
Date of the Photo
"The trial commenced in November 1828,
So, Jean must have met Burke and Hare at some point between 1817 and
1828. Jean is obviously an old woman in this photograph – have
you any way of dating it?"
Mike Melrose, Edinburgh: November 10, 2009