British Executions

William Thompson

Age: 26

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 5 Jan 1874

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Durham

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Marwood


Twenty six year old William Thompson was a pitman convicted of the murder of Mrs Jane Thompson who was only twenty, with whom he lived at Anfield Plain. They had travelled into Newcastle during the afternoon of 4 October and began to argue after he saw her talking to another man. They returned home and got ready to go out that night. When her father, who lived with them, went on ahead to the pub, he again started an argument over the man he had seen her talking to earlier. They made up and went out drinking, but later whilst drunk he accused her of being unfaithful and cut her throat. Thompson was hanged along with two others by the names of Dawson and Gough in a triple execution carried out by William Marwood on the 5th January 1874 at Durham..