British Executions

Edward Glynn

Age: 26

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 7 Aug 1906

Crime Location: Canal Street, Nottingham

Execution Place: Nottingham

Method: hanging

Executioner: Henry Pierrepoint


Edward Glynn was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Jane Gamble 22 and sentenced to death.

They had been in a relationship but Jane Gamble left him because of his cruelty.

He stabbed her at Canal Street, Nottingham on 3 March 1906 as she was walking along with a man. Edward Glynn came out of the blue and all the man saw was Jane Gamble falling down. He said that she he turned to see what had happened he saw Edward Glynn finishing blow before he turned and fled. He had stabbed her in the back and neck, the blade penetrating her spinal column. the attack was also seen by a man that had been walking behind them with the intention of catching them up to speak to them. when he saw Edward Glynn stab Jane Gamble and run off he chased him.

When the police arrived Jane Gamble told them what had happened and they went to see him at his house in Bullock's Yard in Barker Gate.

The police went to Bullock's Yard and waited there until 2.40am when Edward Glynn came back. When he saw them he said 'Have you been waiting for me long?'. When they got to the police station he said 'Had I any grub with me I would have kept you waiting for a week'. When he was charged with Jane Gamble's murder he said 'I know nothing about it'. He later said 'I never saw Jane Gamble on Saturday night. I was at Bulwell until eleven o'clock, and arrived home about two, when I was arrested'.

Jane Gamble was taken to hospital where she died the following Sunday morning. Death was due to paralysis of the breathing organs owing to the fact that her spinal column had been cut at the back of the neck.

At her post-mortem the part of the blade, about two inches long and half an inch wide, was found to have snapped off in her back near her spinal column.

She left him about three weeks before he killed her.

Before he killed her he had made threats that he would do so. On 16 February 1906 Jane Gamble went to a friend’s house and hid in her cellar. When Edward Glynn came by a little later he told the friend that when he got hold of her he would cut her ---- heart out. Later on 1 March 1906 he told the same friend that when he caught her he would cut her head off and swing for her.

Another person that had heard a conversation between Edward Glynn and Jane Gamble said that Edward Glynn had told her that if he saw her with a man with a black moustache it would be very much the worse for both of them.

Also, between 1 and 2 of March 1906 Edward Glynn was seen moving about in the places where Jane Gamble would normally have been.

When Edward Glynn took the stand in court he denied having murdered Jane Gamble. He said that he had met her earlier in the day, around 2pm after an absence of three weeks and took her to a pub and treated her. He said that they were together for about two hours and then parted near his house and that he never saw her again.

He said then that he had tea and had a wash and then went for a stroll and went to Basford and Bulwell calling at several pubs on the way, getting to Nottingham a little after 2am.

He totally denied the evidence of the people that had said that they had heard him making threats and swore that he didn't know them. The judge asked him if his story was that all the people he was referring to were lying and Edward Glynn said it was. The judge asked him if he had spoken to anyone that evening and Edward Glynn said 'No'.

After Edward Glynn had been taken back to the dock the judge addressed the court and pointed out that Edward Glynn's statement was unsupported by a single witness.

The jury were absent for 15 minutes before they returned with their guilty verdict.

Edward Glynn was a seaman.

see National Archives - HO 144/829/142782

see The Scotsman - Wednesday 08 August 1906

see Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 07 August 1906

see Nottingham Journal - Wednesday 08 August 1906

see Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 17 July 1906