British Executions

Rebecca Downing

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 29 Jul 1782

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Heavitree Gallows

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Monday, 29 July 1782  (Exeter Flying Post)

Rebecca Downing guilty of Petit Treason, the murder of her master, Richard Jarvis.  She was drawn to the place of execution and there burned after being hanged.  This was the usual punishment for women convicted of murdering a superior (i.e. husband, master or mistress).