By Alison J. Butler

In an age whilst girls are anticipated to understand their position, be submissive, dutiful and chaste, Maggie Dickson, a Musselburgh fishwife, is usually in difficulty. She’s outspoken, promiscuous and vituperative. whereas her husband’s at sea, she sells her fish, sleeps with males for excitement or funds and appears after her little ones. In time, her husband abandons her. Maggie quits Musselburgh and heads for Newcastle to stick with family members.

During the wintry weather of 1723, a fisherman unearths the useless, bare physique of a toddler boy. hands are quickly pointing towards a stranger operating in a neighborhood tavern, a lady lately estranged from her mariner husband. it's rumoured that she’s been having a passionate affair with the innkeeper’s younger son, William Bell, and that he's the daddy of the useless baby.

Maggie is arrested and brought to Edinburgh tollbooth to watch for trial, is located in charge and is sentenced to dying. the scoop spreads like wildfire and, as Maggie languishes in penal complex, the entire urban speculates even if she killed her baby. Will she take her mystery to her grave?

‘The putting of Maggie Dickson’ is a heartrending story of obsession and unrequited love.

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