1762 – the Madame de Hersigne

The following story was reported in Edinburgh in November 1762.

Thursday was brought up to Leith Road by the Dispatch Sloop, Capt. Bertie, the Privateer Madame de Hersigne, belonging to Dunkirk, of eight carriage Guns, four Swivels, and sixty men, which he took the day before off St Abbs Head. The Privateer was but lately from Dunkirk, and had on board a Ransomer for a small Cod Smack, taken a day or two before. The morning the privateer was taken, she brought to the Dorothy of Camboize, and the Isabel Stuart, Inverkeithing, both loaded with oats, and had agreed to ransom them, but before the ransom bills were completed, the Dispatch came up. The two corn ships, in the mean time, were carried off by the hands the privateer had put on board them. Among the crew of the privateer are two prisoners who made their escape from Edinburgh Castle the 13th of March last.

Edinburgh, Nov 20th 1762

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