AND COW'S ACCOUNT TO BAILIE HAIG ON THE
Full, true and Correct Account of the Execu-
tion of James Gow, shoemaker, residing in Bull's
Turnpike Stair, High Street, and Thomas Be-
veridge, blacksmith, residing in Little Jack's
Close, Canongate, who was executed this day.
the 2d of December, for the cruel and bloody
murder of their wives ; also an account of the
way in which those diabolical murderers com-
mitted the attrocious deeds.
This day, Thomas Beveridge, blacksmith, lately residing
in Little Jack's Close, Canongate and James Cow, shoe
maker, lately residing in Bull's Turnpike Stair, High Street,
underwent the extreme penalty of the law at the head of
Libberton's Wynd, this morning, for the cruel and unnatural
murder of their wives.
As usual, on such occasions, a great concourse of people
were assembled, as great if not greater than on any other
several occasions, probably from the novelty to two men being
both brought to the scaffold at one time for the taking the
lives of their wives.
Beveridge, who our readers will recollect, was convinced
of having maltreated his wife, Janet with a poker, a shovel
and a knife, in their own house, on Sunday evening the
2d of October, which caused her death the same evening
This unfortunate culprit has left three children to mourn
his uutimely fate ; the eldest is a girl only about 7 years of
age. Since his condemnation he has been extremely penitent,
after he received sentence he was taken to the Lock up
House, to wait the arrival of the caravan, to convey them
to the Jail.
Beveridge was convicted on the evidence of a number of
witnesses, and James Gray, who is a decent looking trade-
man, was charged with prevarication, and attempting to con
ceal the truth, as an example to others, the Lord Justice
Clerk, after admonishing Gray, sentenced him to 3 callender
months in Jail,
Since the confinement of those unfortunate culprit, their
behaviour has been becoming to their awful and miserable
situation, in which they are placed, through the most cra[ ]
and bad conduct towards their wives.
Gow, after he received his sentence, and in the Lock up
House, he addressed the turnkey, the game is up, all is over,
after a short time he stated to his fellow prisoners that his
wife has put on a iron ring on his leg, but he put a gold
ring on her finger.
James Gow was a native of Dalkeith,, but has resided in Edinbargh a
number of years. Thomas Beveridge is a native of Kirkcaldy. and gaafe
to Edinburgh in search of work some years ago,
About a quarter past eight the mournful procession moved towards the
Head of Libberton's Wynd. the culprits appeared to be very penitent. Be-
veridge appeared to be very weak, but both with a firm step, they were
both attended to the place of execution by the Clergymen. Both joined
prayar most servently,and singed a psalm, both acknowledged the justness
of their sentence.Gow step'd forward to Bailie Haig, and said none
could regret his awful situation more than he, if wives were to keep home
and make the houses of their husbands more agreeable, such things never
could occur ; he hoped his honour would make this public, as a caution
all; the sure way to make a good husband, is so be a good wife. He died
in peace with all men, and both acknowledged the again justness of their
sentence, and died in peace with all men.
After being tied up with the halter about their neck, and night caps put
over their eyes the unhappy men shook hands, Gow exclamed and with
an audible voice, Lord have mercy on our souls, Lord receive our soul.
the handkerchief was then drops, and they were launched into eternity.
neither struggled much.
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