British Executions

William McDonald

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 3 Oct 1878

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


McDonald was a fisherman from St Andrews who was convicted at Perth Court and sentenced to death on 7th September for the murder of his wife, whom he shot dead on 13th June. McDonald had failed in an attempt to take his own life, and pleaded that he was innocent because his wife had died as part of a suicide pact. Despite a strong recommendation for mercy he was hanged by William Marwood on a scaffold erected in the garden of the prison above a ventilator shaft.  The execution took place on the 3rd October 1878.