HC Deb 22 March 1894 vol 22 cc858-9
MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if he is aware that, in the case of trespass for game tried on 13th February last before I Sheriff Hill at Dingwall, in which Baron Middleton of Applecross was the plaintiff, and William Mackenzie, Ardneaskan, was defendant, the only witness for the prosecution was a game watcher named Macbeath, who admitted that his knowledge of English was very limited, while Sheriff Hill, who sentenced Mackenzie, had no knowledge of Gaelic; and whether there is any interpreter attached to the Court House at Dingwall; if not, whether it is proposed to engage the services of competent interpreters at those places where Sheriffs are ignorant of the language of the people?


I communicated with Ross-shire when this question appeared upon the Paper, hut I regret to have to say that a reply has not yet been received, and I must therefore ask my hon. Friend to postpone the question.