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William Roughead

(1870—1952) writer on Scottish criminal trials


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William Roughead (1870–1952) was a Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh who became a leading commentator on criminal trials, elevating the disreputable genre of ‘true crime’ to new levels of intellectual and social respectability. He was also the editor of the ten volumes in the Notable British Trials series, and had a significant impact on the style and presentation of these volumes.

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From The New Oxford Companion to Law in Oxford Reference.

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