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This broadside story begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Dreadful Punishment inflicted on Mr JOHN SYM, a Respectable Gentleman in Hampstead, who was in a moment struck Blind by Lightning, for giving False Evidence against his own Servant Maid, by which she was condemned to Death, but was afterwards providentially saved by his voluntary Confession at the place of Execution.' The sheet was published in 1834 and cost one penny.
Burning of Anne Fogget
This execution notice begins: 'THE LAST / SPEECH / AND / CONFESSION / OF / Anne Fogget, Burnt for the Murder of her Husband Abraham Fogget / Who was Executed at York September 10 1716.' This sheet was published by Margaret Reid of Edinburgh.
This memorial notice begins: 'AN ELEGY, / On the much Lamented Death of JOCK HIEGH, who departed to Other Climes, October 20th, 1816, after being Thirty-Six Years / Hangman of Edinburgh.' The elegy begins: 'Ye doggerel bards, quick tune your harps'.
Condemned or, The Last Moments of William Perrie
This execution ballad begins: 'The morning came, the hours flew past:- / Yea, the fatal hour, poor Perrie's last, / Drew near, on which he was to die, / And meet his God, his Judge on high.' Perrie was 'Executed at Paisley, October 18th, 1837'. Under the title a small quotation has been provided: '"He died, as erring man should die, / Without display, without parade."' This broadside was printed by Caldwell and Sons.
Confession of Robert Irvine
This report begins: 'THE LAST / CONFESSION / Of Mr. Robert Irvine, who was Execute May 1st, 1717. Near Brughtoun between Leith and Edinburgh, for Murdering John and Alexander Gordons, Sons to James Gordon of Allan, on Sunday the 28th of April 1717.'
Dying words and execution of Margaret Shuttleworth
This execution notice begins: 'An Account of the last Dying Words and Execution of MRS SHUTTLEWORTH, for the Murder of her Husband, on Friday the 7th December last, 1821, at Montross [Montrose], near Edinburgh.' It was sourced from the 'Montross Review' of the 7th December, 1821, and includes a woodcut illustration of a woman being hanged.
This execution notice begins: 'ELEGY / ON / The Death of PATRICK HAMILTON Younger of Green, who was beheaded at the Grassmerket of Edinburgh, upon the 5th of September 1716'. The elegy begins: 'My weeping Muse procees with murnful Tone'.
Elegy and Epitaph
This memorial notice begins: 'Elegy and Epitaph on Thomas Williams, Late Dempster, or Hangman, of the City of Edinburgh'. The dedication under the title begins: 'Who died the 5th of January 1833, aged 66 years. He was upwards of 12 years in that capacity, and conducted himself with wonderful propriety, which few does in his line. This shows, that whatever occupation in life we follow, a man may keep his character somewhat blameless.' The first line of the elegy itself reads, 'SCARCE had the infant year begun', while the opening line of the epitaph reads, 'HERE lies TAM WILLIAMS, our city Dempster'. A 'dempster' was a legal officer who repeated the sentence after the judge.
Elegy on the Death of the Late Executioner
Verse 1: 'AH! fatal Death what brought you hither, / To slay poor Archey in a fever, / An' leave the Finishers altogether, / To mourn with pain, / Thinking they will never get a brither / Like him again.' The publisher of this broadside was T. Duncan. The place of publication is not given.
Elegy, on the Death of Hary Ormiston, late Hangman of Edinburgh
Verse 1: 'O Curs'd Atropus cruel Wife ; / Rob'd us of Hary tane his Life ; / Who boor your Armour and the Knife, / Cut many's Thread, / And pat an End to meikle Strife, / But now he's dead.' A different elegy, 'by another hand' is given below. It begins 'An has ald Death come in his Rage, / Cut Hary's Breath, and aff the Stage'. There are no publication details given.
Elizabeth M'Neil Afraid of the Hangman's Fa'
Verse 1: 'Sad news I have now to tell, / News of her death will gang far awa'; / She coon can tell, she kens hersel', / She'll get the hangman's fa'.' Chorus: 'O waes me, / My days do wear awa'; / I wish I were but free again / From the hangman's fa'.' This song was written by John McLean, a coalminer.
This broadside continues: '. . . for the Murder of Mary Fletcher, aged 85, at Candie End, or Curshot, parish ot Muiravonside, who suffered at Stirling, this morning, Oct. 4, 1843, together with his behaviour in the Condemned Cell.' It was published by Muir of Glasgow, and most likely sold for one penny.
This broadside report begins: 'A full and particular acconnt of the Execution of John Wilson and Duncan Fraser, this day 28th January, for breaking into a shop in St. Mary's Wynd, with an account of their behaviour in Jail and at the place of Execution.' This sheet was published in 1824, in Edinburgh, for the booksellers.
This execution report begins: 'A Full, and Particular, Account of the Execution of John Wilson, and Duncan Fraser, who were Executed, at the Head of Libberton Wynd, on Wednesday morning the 28th January 1824, for Housebreaking and Theft, with a Particular Account, of their Behaviour since their condemnation, and at the place of Execution.' Published in Edinburgh for James Dogherty, this broadside was sold for a penny.
This execution notice begins: 'The Behaviour, Execution, and Life and Transactions of GEORGE DUFFY, who suffered at Glasgow on the 7th Nov. 1832, for the cruel and brutal Murder of his own Wife, in Drygate Street, in May last. This sheet was published in Glasgow, 7th November 1832 by William Carse.
This account begins: 'A correct Account of the Execution of JOHN KERR, who suffered at Greenock, on Wednesday the 6th of June, 1827, for the cruel and barbarous murder of his own Wife, with an account of his behaviour since his condemnation and on the Scaffold, and his affecting and interesting Address to the numerous Spectators.' The sheet was printed in Glasgow on the same day as the execution, by William Carse.
This report begins, 'Account of the behaviour in confinement and on the Scaffold, of JAMES GLEN, who suffered at Glasgow on Wednesday the 12th of December, 1827, for the terrible, cruel, and barbarous Murder of his own infant child . . . with an account of his sorrowful parting with his friends. His body was afterwards given for dissection.' Printed in Glasgow on 12th December, 1827, by William Carse.
This report of an execution begins: 'A Genuine account of the execution of Thomas Black, who was executed at Edinburgh this day for Housebreaking with a sketch of his life and transactions since his infancy.'
This report of an execution begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Execution of WILLIAM THOMSON, Labourer, who was Executed this day, Thusday, 1st March 1827, at Dalkeith, for Highway Robbery; together with his Behaviour since his condemnation, and at the place of Execution, as also his Last Words on the Scaffold.' The broadside was published by William Henry. The place of publication is not given.
This account begins: 'A Full and True Account of the Last Speech and Dying Declaration of WILLIAM BURKE, who was Executed at Edinburgh this morning, for Murder, and his body given for dissection ; also of his conduct and behaviour since his condemnation, and on the Scaffold.' This broadside sold for a penny and was published on the day of Burke's execution, Wednesday, 28th January 1829.
This report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the execution of JOHN HILL and WILLIAM PORTER, who were executed at Glasgow, yesterday, Wednesday the 12th May 1830, for Assaulting and Robbing William Marshall, an old man of 76 years of age, on the 19th Decem- last ; with their Behaviour since the condemnation and at the place of Execution.' It was published in Edinburgh for Felix O'Neill.
This report begins: 'An account of the Execution of John Thomson and David Dobie, for the Assault, Murder and Robbery of Margaret Paterson, on the 17th April last, with an affectionate Letter sent to Dobie's Wife.' This sheet was published by Robertson and Thomson of Edinburgh, and cost one penny.
This report begins: 'Execution of CHARLES DONALDSON, Sail-maker, Tolbooth Wynd, Leith, who was Executed this morning at the head of Libberton's Wynd, for the murder of Margaret Marr, his wife.' This sheet was published by Sanderson of the High Street, Edinburgh, on the 4th April, 1836.
This execution notice begins: 'A Particular Account of the Execution of John Baird and Andrew Hardie, who were Hanged and Beheaded at Stirling on Friday the 8th day of September, 1820, convicted of High Treason.' It was published by John Muir of Glasgow, and like most of his publications would have probably cost one penny.
This account of a murderer's confession and execution begins: 'Confession and Execution of HUGH MACLEOD, Who was Executed at Inverness, on the 24th of October, for the atrocious MURDER of MURDO GRANT, Pedlar, from Locbroom.' It was published by R. Cobban & Co. Aberdeen, in 1830.
This report begins: 'An account of the Execution of Robert Emond, who was executed this morning March 17, 1830, at the Head of Libberton's Wynd, for the Murder of Mrs Franks and her Daughter at Haddington, in October last.'
This report begins: 'A Particular Account of the Execution and last dying Declaration and Behaviour of ROBERT SCOTT, who was Executed, on that part of the Road between Earlston and Greenlaw, where he committed the Bloody deeds, yesterday, Wednesday the 29th October, 1823, for the Horrid and Barbarous Murder of Two men, on the evening of 30th June last, and his Body sent to Edin for Dissection.' Publisher William Johnston, Edinburgh, 1823
This crime report begins: 'An account of the Execution of John Thomson and David Dobie, for the Assault, Murder and Robbery of Margaret Paterson, on the 17th April last, with a copy of an affectionate Letter sent to Dobie's wife. Edinburgh, Wednesday morning, 9 o'clock, 18th August 1830.' This sheet was printed by Robertson and Thomson, Edinburgh, and cost one penny.
This execution report begins: 'An account of the Execution of two Servant Girls, Bridget Butterfly and Bridget Ennis, who suffered at Kilmainham Jail, on Friday the 4th of May, 1821, and their bodies given to Surgeon's Hall, for dissection, for the murder of Miss Thompson, a young lady, in whose house they once lived; to which is added, the whole confession they made of the Murder on the morning of their Exceution.' The sheet was published by William Carse, who is listed as working from various addresses in Glasgow between 1820 and 1836.
This report of an execution begins: 'EXECUTION Of ELIZABETH M'NEIL OR BANKS, who was Executed this morning, at the west end of the Lock-up-house, for the Murder of her husband, Peter Banks, a collier at Pathhead.' It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh in 1835