British Executions

Robert Kitching


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 30 Dec 1890

Crime Location:

Execution Place: York

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


On 19 September, Robert Kitching. a gardener from Bedale, near York, was reprimanded by a PC Weedey for leaving his conveyance parked outside the Leeming Bar Hotel. Kitching told the officer to mind his own business and threatened to blow his brains out. Next morning, the officer was found shot dead and evidence led police to Kitching. In his defence, he claimed that the gun had gone off accidentally but he was convicted of murder. He was hanged by James Billington on the 30th December 1890 at the age of thirty four in York.