STORMY COURT SCENES
EXTRAORDINARY PROCEEDINGS AT EDINBURGH TRIAL
Extraordinary scenes were witnessed in Edinburgh Sheriff Court to-day, when Maude Edwards,
the suffragette who was charged with slashing the
King's picture in the Royal Scottish Academy,
Edinburgh, came up for trial. Sheriff-Principal
Maconochie was on the Bench.
The accused immediately on being put into the
dock commenced a running fire of commentary on
the Court procedure, which she kept up during the
course of the trial, which lasted for twenty minutes.
Over a score of police were on duty in various
parts of the Court, while a similar number of plain
clothes constables were also prepared for
On entering the Court loud applause from a
large number of suffragettes, who occupied the
Court, greeted the accused, while cheers were
raised on her name being called.
When asked to answer the indictment, which
charged her with having, on 23rd May, in the
Royal Scottish Academy, wilfully and maliciously
struck and cut with a hatchet and damaged a portrait of his Majesty King George V, by John
Lavery, RSA, the accused shouted to his Lordship, "I will not be tried. I am not going to
listen to you or anyone whatever."
The Sheriff - I take this as a plea of not guilty.
(Applause in Court.)
(National Records of Scotland reference: HH16/47)