British Executions

John Williamson

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 1 Jan 1743

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


John Bell reports this as  “In 1743 a local poacher, John Williamson, was convicted of the murder of gamekeeper Albert Partridge.  He was sentenced to be gibbeted alive.  Records describe how the man, slowly starving, was taunted by locals who threw bread at the gibbet.”

It would be useful to know what these “records” are.  I suspect they are local tales.  A highly coloured account is in Geoffrey M Dixon’s “Folktales and Legends of Cambridgeshire.”