Jacob McInnes 1820

on 23rd July 1820, Jacob McInnes (spelt several ways), discharged a pistol at a Mr Birch,deputy constable, at Stockport. He was tried with James Bruce, who allegedly kept Birch talking whilst McInnes took aim and fired.
Following sentence of death upon the pair, Mcinnes exclaimed loudly that Bruce was innocent, and when sentence was confirmed, he stated that it was ‘ a good cure for a spinning head’.
It appears that McInnes was caught by a Constable Ross, who after the conviction, applied to the Assizes for the reward money that had been offered for McInnes apprehension.
Bruce was reprieved, having shown that he had never met McInnes until they had met in prison at Chester Castle