The Times, 16 October 1871 (p.10, col. B)


John HOLMES, Robert HOLMES, and John PATTINSON, of Bowness-on-Solway, were
summoned before the country magistrates at Carlisle on Saturday on a charge
of violating the Salmon Fisheries Act by taking and killing salmon in the
Solway Frith, near Bowness, on Thursday last, otherwise than with a rod or
line; also with having unlawfully had in their possession a leister, or
spear, with the intent to kill salmon. The Bench convicted all three, and
fined them each 5L. for killing salmon; also 2L. for each fish (20L.). The
fines and costs, together amounting to 37L. 2s. 6d., were paid. The leister
was forfeited, but not the boat and nets, as the magistrates did not
consider it had been proved that the fish had been caught in the nets.