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In 1889, two men on holiday on the Isle of Arran climbed Goatfell Mountain, however, only one came down alive. What actually happened on the mountain is still a mystery to this day, was it an accident or was it murder?

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Murder on Goatfell: 132 years ago when a friendship ended to tragedy | Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions
Grisly tale of murder and a pair of buried boots | HeraldScotland – Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions
Scottish mysteries: murder at the top of Goatfell | The Scotsman
It’s a century since Arran was last in the news; then it was even more dramatic | Ian Jack | The Guardian
The ‘murder’ on Arran: Was an innocent man left to rot in prison?
Ayrshireroots – Arran Murder
Two Gold Rings, Supposed To Be Those Worn By The Lite Mr Edwin Rose, Murdered In Arran, Have Been Found | Dundee Courier | Saturday 12 October 1889 | British Newspaper Archive
The Murder Of Ya Edwin Rose. | South Western Star | Saturday 07 September 1889 | British Newspaper Archive
The Abran Tragedy.-Two Gold Rings, Supposed To Be Those Worn By The Murdered Tourist, Edwin Rose, Have Been Found, One | Dundee Courier | Saturday 12 October 1889 | British Newspaper Archive
The Crown Authorities Have Decided That John W. Laurie, Charged With The Of Edwin Rose, In Last July, Is Not | Dundee Courier | Monday 30 September 1889 | British Newspaper Archive
Aberdeen, Saturday, Nov. The Trial Of John Watson Laurie, Who Is Charged With The Murder Of Edwin Rose At Arran | Aberdeen Press and Journal | Saturday 09 November 1889 | British Newspaper Archive
Laurie Sentenced To Death The Trial Of John Watson Laurie, On The Charge Of Murdering Edwin Rose At Goatfell, Arran. | Batley News | Saturday 16 November 1889 | British Newspaper Archive
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The Goatfell Murder: Smith, Calum: 9780954070489: Books

The Goatfell Murder

by Calum Smith


This is the true story of an infamous murder in the Scottish mountains. Taking place in 1898, the year Jack the Ripper committed the last of his murders, the murder of an English tourist, Edwin Rose, on Goatfell, in the Isle of Arran, was a sensation of the time.

July 1889, and Jack the Ripper has just committed the last of the Whitechapel murders. The Scottish press, however, are more interested in a sensational local case. The body of an English tourist, 32-year-old Edwin Rose, has been found battered and bloody and hidden beneath a boulder on the slopes of Goatfell, a mountain on the Isle of Arran. This is the story of the Goatfell tragedy of 1889 – the only murder, if it was a murder, ever committed on the Scottish mountains- including hitherto unpublished letters from John Watson Laurie, subsequently convicted for the crime, who became the longest serving prisoner in Scotland.

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Researched and Written by Dawn Young

Produced and Edited by Dawn Young

Shout out to Kirstin for requesting this case be covered

Introduction Voice Talent by Eleanor Morton

Production Company Name by Granny Robertson



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