British Executions

James Caffyn

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: unknown

Date Of Execution: 11 Feb 1878

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Winchester

Method: unknown

Executioner: William Marwood


James Caffyn was an illiterate labourer who was charged with the murder of Maria Barber at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. They had been living together in a house they shared with her father and his paramour, when, on Monday 27th November, a neighbour heard screams and saw Maria flee from the house covered in blood. Another neighbour went inside to remonstrate with Caffyn and saw him put down an axe. Later that day Maria was found hacked to death. Caffyn fled to Portsmouth but was arrested on the Tuesday. He claimed that the motive for the crime was her threat to leave him. Caffyn was hanged by William Marwood in Winchester on the 11th February 1878.