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The Gallows of Ayr and the Lost Covenanter’s Grave #History #Scotland

The Covenanter Andrew Macgill who was hanged at the end of 1684 or early 1685 had a martyrs’ stone erected over his grave beside Ayr gallows. However, his gravestone has been lost for well over a century… His gravestone was erected by the...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 2 Feb 2019

The Last Days of Mary Ann Burdock

We are delighted to welcome back to our blog, the author Naomi Clifford. For her book Women and the Gallows 1797-1837: Unfortunate Wretches, Naomi researched the stories of the 131 women who were hanged in England and Wales between 1797 and 1837. Here...
From: All Things Georgian on 16 Nov 2017

Inhuman & barbarous lingering torture….

An example of the extreme torture against Christians: a half-naked man, his left hand and left foot impaled on hooks is suspended by chains from a gallows. Printmaker: Elmes, William, active 1797-1820, printmaker. Title: Inhuman & barbarous...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 8 Dec 2016

Murder in Lambeth, 1778

Richard Pendleton, a fisherman or waterman living in the parish of St Mary’s at Lambeth on the banks of the Thames, was a cruel man and often rained down blows upon his poor wife Elizabeth’s head. Eventually, after his frequent rages and ill...
From: All Things Georgian on 21 Jul 2015

Dumbarton’s Gallows and the Hanging of a Highland Raider in 1687

While researching the burning of witches in Dumbarton in the late 1670s, I began to wonder where the burgh’s execution ground lay. As the head burgh of a shire, Dumbarton would have had a gallows site located somewhere outside of the burgh. Where...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 5 Jun 2015

The Gallows Speech of a Schoolteacher in 1684

George Martin was a notary public with, what we would call, a social conscience. Before his capture in 1679, he taught at the school in Dailly parish in Ayrshire. He was a reader in the kirk and worked recording legal deeds for local people… In...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Feb 2015

Three Covenanters Hanged in the Great Frost, February, 1684

In the last days of the Great Frost of the Winter of 1683 to 1684, three men were tried and executed in Edinburgh. On the day of their trial, a new covering of snow lay on the ground which lasted until after their execution on 22 February, 1684. (Erskine,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Feb 2015

The Way from Wigtown’s Gallows Hill

Where were the three Covenanters executed ‘at Wigtown’ in the summer of 1685 actually hanged? At first sight, the answer appears stunningly simple. They must have been hanged in Wigtown. However, the answer to precisely where they were hanged is a...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Dec 2014

The First Blow of a Revolution: The Felling of Mauchline’s Gallows in 1688

Almost every revolution begins with an attack on the unpopular or hated symbols of the authority of the state. In Scotland, the felling of the gallows at Mauchline in Ayrshire probably signalled the beginning of the so-called ‘Glorious’ Revolution...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 30 Sep 2014

Gallows Hill: The 1779 Executions of Edward Jones and John Smith

During the winter of 1778-1779 General Israel Putnam and about 3,000 troops of the Continental Army encamped in Redding, Connecticut. The harsh winter brought a rash of problems, from illness and low food supplies to the more problematic issues of desertions...

An early example of gallows humor, “Old Bailey Wit”...

An early example of gallows humor, “Old Bailey Wit” includes a pun as well as morbid farce in its few short lines. This anecdote is from The Social Magazine, or, Cabinet of Wit: being a complete repository of original bon mots, epigrams, &c, published...

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