British Executions

Patrick Leggett

Age: 30

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 12 Nov 1902

Crime Location: 93 Wylies Back Land, Whiteinch, Glasgow

Execution Place: Duke Street, Glasgow

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Billington


Patrick Leggett was convicted of the murder of Sarah Jane Leggett 27 and sentenced to death.

They had been married but Patrick Leggett became suspicious that Sarah Leggett had been seeing someone else and had rowed about it and eventually Sarah Leggett left Patrick Leggett and went to stay with her brother at 93 Wylies Back Land, Whiteinch.

On 13 September 1902 Sarah Leggett went to Partick with her cousin and her baby. When they got back at 6pm they went into the house where the cousin was knocked unconscious by Patrick Leggett who had been hiding there and who then stabbed Sarah Leggett, cutting her throat.

They had screamed and alerted the neighbours who saw Patrick Leggett run off.

Patrick Leggett then ran off to the River Clyde and jumped in but was rescued by a ferryman.

The court heard that Patrick Leggett had previously been drinking with a friend before the murder and had shown him a knife and told him that he was going to rip up his wife.

It was also heard that he had had a very bad record and had been drummed out of the army, had never worked and had been a gaol-bird.

When he walked to the scaffold at his execution, he only said, 'I am Patrick Leggett'.

He was executed at Glasgow on Wednesday 12 November 1902.

It was noted that a sweep had witnessed his execution from a neighbouring chimney.

see The Encyclopedia of Executions by John J Eddleston

see National Records of Scotland - AD15/02/89

see Bromsgrove & Droitwich Messenger - Saturday 15 November 1902