Scobie`s Roundie

The work on the new dual carriage way will probably result in the disappearance of what to generations of Monifieth `locals` is known as Scobie`s Roundie.

The roundel of trees at the end of Victoria Street at its junction with the Dundee Arbroath road, is certainly a place of some historic interest.

Rumour that the place was haunted, resulted in the need for some research being carried out.

On the 24th September 1872,   a reputed local `ne`er do well` named Thomas Scobie, stole items hung out to dry on a washing line at a cottage near Kingennie

The occupant of the cottage, a gamekeeper by the name George Spalding set out with his dog to find the culprit.

After sometime, Spalding came upon the thief Scobie and attempted to escort him to the nearest police station at Monifieth. During the journey Scobie overcame Spalding and choked him to death in the vicinity of the wooded roundel.

Late at night the dog returned home without his master and the alarm was raised. Scobie was eventually captured and sent for trial. He was sentenced to death for the crime he had committed, the execution to be carried out on Thursday 26th April, next to come. The judge had forgotten that at the time of sentencing April 1873 had already started, therefore a period of six years would elapse before the sentence could be carried out.

Scobie`s sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life. Liberated in 1892, he returned to Dundee where he died a few years later.

2 responses to “SCOBIE’S ROUNDIE

  1. I couldn’t resist commenting. Very wrll written!

  2. I do hope I’m not related TOO closely to the culprit. I have seen some newspaper articles from the time (and on anniversaries of the events) and which discussed it as a sensational case at the time. Also if I remember correctly, it was one of the “lasts” in capital punishment. The legal technicality that helped him escape the gallows is bizarre! So the case rumbles on as a piece of history.

    Is this haunted Roundie marked on any maps? Where did it use to be? It’s just great to find out about such local knowledge, because it often does not survive in written form… so thanks for posting.

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