Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 14 November 1935
(a) To kidnap yourself the first opportunity
three weeks less one day hence;
(b) to transport you to an unknown destination ;
(c) to remove
your undershirt, tarring and feathering;
(d) to replace same;
(e) to drop you a well-known place;
(f) to leave a mark on you everyone may recognize. May our brother be careful of his goings about.
The second letter read: Dear unwanted brother, our note yourself has not been answered in any way of which we are aware. Let it be understood that the lack of satisfaction to yourself will cause you pain, grievous pain. August 15 will be date for you to remember. Both letters were signed Arthur Killalah, with a cross similar to that used by bishops.
POSTMAN'S EVIDENCE. James Black, solicitor, Oban, conducted the defence, and David Stewart, procurator fiscal, appeared for the Crown. The first witnesses for the prosecution were Police-Inspector MacPhee, Oban; Constable MacTaggart, Kilbrandon; and Mr Duncan MacCowan, retired postman, Toberonochy, Luing, who identified writing on the letters produced in court as that accused. Corroborative evidence was also given John MacFarlane and David Mill, overseers at the head post office, Glasgow. Mr MacFarlane said Morton was a sorting clerk and telegraphist in the head post office, Glasgow, until his retirement pension in May, 1933. Very Rev. G. P. Tonge, Provost of St John's Episcopal Cathedral, Oban, questioned by Mr Stewart, referred to a letter he receive from Morton in October, in which accused made reference to Bishop Martin being the " intruding Bishop of Argyll, Bishop Martin, in the witness-box, stated that the letters did not cause him alarm for his personal safety. He thought, however, damage might be caused to his church on the esplanade.
IRISH HOLIDAY. Accused, giving evidence on his own behalf, admitted sending the letters, but denied they contained threats. They were intended only to show the Bishop what he, Morton, had suffered at the instigation of a Roman Catholic priest in County Mayo, Ireland, in the autumn of 1931. He was granted leave of at absence for nine weeks from his postal duties, and visited Killalah, where his family had connections for over 250 years. He was member of the Anglican Communion. Being interested in the bringing together of the Church of Rome and the Anglican Church, he made overtures to the Roman Catholics, who were 98 per cent, of the population in the district. His overtures were unsuccessful, and twice attempts were made to murder him. One night, he said, he was about go to bed when five men came into the house, stripped him, took his money and his papers, bundled him into car, and left him in a bog. On another occasion three men attempted to 'kidnap him and to shoot him with a pistol. Mr Stewart, in cross-examination ? asked Morton if he was sorry for writing the letters to the Bishop. " No," replied Morton. He added, however, that he would not write any more such letters, but said, " I want redress for two attempts on my life and for the loss of forty pounds and destruction of my nervous system, and I mean to have it." Stewart —What are you going to do next? —The Almighty Father of us all will deal with the case. Accused also stated that the grievous pain mentioned in the second letter did not mean physical or mental pain, but in a spiritual sense. He did not intend to do the Bishop any harm. Sheriff Chalmers, holding the charge proved, said he was taking a lenient view of what was very serious crime. The whole community had to be protected against threats of this nature. He bound accused over to be of good behavior for twelve months on a bond caution of £5, failing payment of which within seven days, imprisonment of thirty days.
MURDER BY TOBERONOCHY FISHERMAN.
Falkirk Herald - Wednesday 14 May 1902
Charge Of Murder in Knapdale. On Saturday a man named John MacDonald, a fisherman of Toberonochy, Luing, Argyllshire, was examined before Sheriff Penney at Inveraray on the charge murder, and after emitting a declaration was committed to prison for further examination. MacDonald, who was a cousin of the accused, left Toberonochy on Monday the skiff Rora, and arrived at Caovan Bay, North Knapdale, for the purpose of gathering shell-fish. On Wednesday afternoon MacDonald went to Archibald MacNeill, farmer, and him told him Munro had fallen from a high rock and was killed. MacNeill reported the matter to the police, and on Thursday Dr Macdiarmid, Lochgilphead, accompanied by Constable M'Lellan, arrived on the scene. As a result of the medical examination the accused was apprehended, and subsequently conveyed to Inveraray.
Edinburgh Evening News, 7th Jul 1902
MURDER BY AN INSANE FISHERMAN.
the New Court, Glasgow, to-day, before Lord Kincairney, John MacDonald was charged with murdering Alexander Munro, fisherman, on the latter's skiff, Toberonochy, Island of Luing, by striking him on the head with an axe. Mr Smith Clark, counsel for accused, tendered a plea of insanity. Dr Patrick Hunter Gillies and Lawrie, Greenock prison surgeon, deposed to unfitness of accused to plead, and he was ordered to be detained during his Majesty's pleasure.