The History of Leith

June 20, 2006

A Lament for Dr Pritchard’s Children

In 1865, Dr Edward William Pritchard was found guilty of murdering his wife and mother-in-law and sentenced to be hanged. An anonymous letter alerted the police to the suspicious circumstances surrounding their deaths, and Pritchard’s grisly role in their demise was soon uncovered. On the 28th July, 1865, Pritchard was the last man to be publically executed in Scotland. Printed on another broadside in the National Library of Scotland’s collection is the lament of Michael Taylor, the husband and father of the two victims. for more click here

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