British Executions

John Beatson


Sex: male

Crime: Mail robbery - hanged in chains

Date Of Execution: 17 Apr 1802

Crime Location:

Execution Place: East Grinstead

Method: hanging



John Beatson, aged 64, and William Whalley Beatson, aged 27, found guilty on an indictment for the highway robbery of William Edwards in the parish of East Grinstead on 20th July 1801: robbing him of a bag (valued at 3/-), the property of the King. On this indictment they were sentenced to hang.  This was a mail robbery and the other charges detailed contents of the stolen mail bag.  Unusually for mail robbers they were not sentenced to be gibbeted - only hanged near the scene