The History of Leith

September 11, 2006

Execution

THIS morning, soon after eight o’clock, Elizabeth M’Niel or
Banks, wife of Peter Banks, late collier at Dewarton, near
Pathhead, underwent the extreme penalty of the law, upon a scaffold erected at the west end of the Lock-up-house, foot of Libberton’s Wynd, for the murder of the said Peter Banks, her husband, by wilfully and maliciously administering to him a quantity of arsenic in a doze of Epsom salts, on the 28th April last, in consequence of which he died on or about the same day, and for which she was tried, found guilty, and condemned on the 13th of last month. for more click here

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