British Executions

William Frederick Horry


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 1 Apr 1872

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Method: unknown

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Horry, William Frederick

A twenty eight year old Staffordshire publican found guilty of the murder of his wife Jane on 18th January. They had been married for five years and lived happily until September 1871 when he became a heavy drinker, caused by jealousy of his wife talking to customers in the bar. She left their home in Burslem and went to stay with relatives in Boston. He followed her and pleaded for her to come home; she refused and he shot her dead.

He pleaded insanity at the trial but the prosecution proved that he had purchased the gun at Nottingham on his way to Boston, thus showing that the crime was pre-meditated. He was hanged at Lincoln Castle on the 1st April 1872 by William Marwood who was officiating at his first execution.