The 10 most infamous criminals who spent time in Scottish prisons

Scottish prisons have been home to some infamous people in their time.

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From Peter Tobin to gangland figures such as Paul Ferris, here are some of the most infamous prisoners that have spent time in Scottish jails.

In 2001 Megrahi was convicted of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He spent time in Barlinnie and HM Prison Greenock.

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Carl was a serial killer and rapist who was believed to have killed around 22 people in the United States. He spent 10 days at Barlinnie in 1919 for theft.
Boyle, left, is former gangster and convicted murderer, who spent time in Barlinnie before becoming a sculptor and novelist after his release from prison.
Scotland's most punished prisoner in its penal history. Johnnyboy was originally sentenced originally to 12 years for two counts of assault and robbery and spent time in HMP Barlinnie as well as HMP Peterhead and in HMP Inverness.
Paul Ferris, whose gangland life was made into a film starring Martin Compston,was in and out of various prisons, including serving time in Barlinnie.
Peter Tobin was sentenced to life imprisonment at HM Prison Edinburgh with a whole life order for the murders of Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol.
New York-born Manuel, who was dubbed The Beast of Birkenshaw, was hung at Barlinnie prison in Glasgow after being convicted of seven murders between 1956 and 1958.
In 2008 McDonald, a gangland hitman, was locked up for a minimum 35 years for his part in the murder of Michael Lyons.
World's End serial killer, Angus Sinclair, was jailed in 1982 and died earlier this year in HMP Glenochil in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
McAteer is former gangster who was a prominent figure in the Glasgow and Liverpool criminal underworlds. He spent time in HMP Glenochil in Tullibody before being found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in HMP Long Lartin.