British Executions

John Wise

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 18 Oct 1684

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


John Wise and Mortack Downey , Indicted, for that they, together with Rich. Jones and Charles Tooley , not yet taken, on the 20th. of April last, between Nine and Ten at Night, did Kill and murder Elizabeth Fairbank , Widdow , who lived in a Cellar at Pickadilly : likewise they were a second time Indicted for stealing the Money, Plate, Rings, and other Goods, of the said Eliz. Fairbank, and a Suit of Cloaths from John Vaughan , which he had left in the Custody of the said Fairbank. The Matter upon the Tryal appeared thus: Elizabeth Fairbank being a Woman known to be well to pass, selling Ale, Brandy, and other things, as a Chandles, (tho in a Cellar) was about Ten a-clock on Sunday the 20th. of April, at night, by a Lodger who lay in the House over-head found dead, with her Legs tyed, hanging down on the side of the Bed, the other part of her Body on the Bed, her Neck was broke, and she was bruised in several Places a bloody Handkerchief found near her supposed to have been thrust into her Mouth, and so forcibly that two of her Teeth were struck in with it, which is thought might occasion the Blood:

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 6.0, 09 October 2011), October 1684, trial of John Wise Mortack Downey (t16841008-19).