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Broadside entitled 'Last Words and Dying Declaration of Jock Heigh the Hangman'



Just Published, the Last Speech, Confession and Dying Declaration
of JOCK HEIGH, the Hangman ; also an Account of his Strange
an Singular Behaviour on the Scaffold, on Monday morning, at the
Execution of James Bell, with some just Remarks   on that Shameful

The   greater part   of our
townsfolk will recollect   of
the late finisher of the LAW,
who went under the name of
Jock Heigh.   This indispen
sable functionary,   who was
a complete eccentric,. is said
to have   gloried in his not
very enviable profession, and
on his death   bed he had the
happy consolation of never
having bungled a job during
his long practise.    T he fol-
lowing extract from the Ob-
server   Newspaper    on   the
conduct of the present Ex-
ecutioner, speaks   the mind
of almost every one who wit-
nessed the horrid   scene of
Monday last-

When the prisoner was
getting his arms pinioned the
executioner gave a sample of
that inefficiency, that was
afterwards like to have been
attended with disagreeable
consequences he cried like
a child, and made one or two
abortive attempts before he
could accomplish the task.

Whither this irresolution or
incapacity proceeded from a
want of nerve, or from an
over quantity of stimulants
we cannot say. When the
culprit was on the scaffold
he made one or two very
awkward attempts to adjust
the rope. but not hitting the
length, he tried to rectify the
mistake but he Was equally
unsuccessful This bungling
so exasperated the spectators
that the result was like to be
similar to that of Johnston
In 1819, had not a gentle
man pushed him aside, and
tied the rope with his own
hand, This course of bung-
ling did not terminate here,
for when the culprit jerked
aside the fatal signal with
which the drop should have
sumultaneously given way. a
few, moments of dreadful suspense
occuried, during   which   time the
miserable victim shook terribly,
This   was the first performance of
   his functionary in Edinburgh, &
we trust it   will be the last,

Mardon Laws Milne and James
Watters. convicted    of   stealing a
Silk handkerchief from a green in
park   Place ; also of breaking into
house in George Street.
Milne was   sentenced to 7 years
and Watters   14 years punishment.
Daniel Haunan,shoemaker, was
convicted of breaking into a house
In Carnegie street and stealing
from    a drawer, three Sovereigns,
two guinea and eight one pound
Notes, the    property    of   Daniel.
Fraser, residing there.

Sentenced to 7 years transport.

John Good convicted of breaking
into the shop of Mr Burke, broker,
and stealing some articles of wear
ing apparel.

Sentenced to 7 year transport-

Jean Forbes pled guilty to a charge
of vending a counterfeit coin, and
and was sentenced to transportation
for   7 years.

Walter Glover and David Adams,
Both of   notorious bad character.
were   convicted   entering   a   house
a Ferniebank, and stealing a shirt
and 5 yards cloth,

Both prisoners sentenced to 14
years transportation.

Thomas   Alexander, a    boy 18
years of age,   was   charged with 2
different acts viz ?with breaking
into the house of Lady Gordon, at
Gordonton. and afterwards setting
fire to the premises.

Sentenced to 7 years transportation
John Ferguson belonging to Alloa,
was charged   with   the murder of
of Andrew Fl.ckhart, Flesher,   by
stabbing   him on   the   left breast
with a knife or some   other   sharp
instrument,   on the road   leading
from Tullibody to Alloa, on the
night of the 22d April.

It appeared by the evindence that
as the deceased was carrying some
sharp   instruements    required   in
in business; had fallen when one
of the knives   entered his   breast,
Verdeict not guilty


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Date of publication: 1835   shelfmark: L.C.Fol.74(173)
Broadside entitled 'Last Words and Dying Declaration of Jock Heigh the Hangman'
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