British Executions

Mark Fiddler

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 16 Aug 1875

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Lancaster

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Fiddler, an unemployed spinner, and his wife Dorothy (22). quarrelled often and as a result she left him. He sold their house and its contents and proceeded to fritter away the money on drink before calling at his wife's lodging and begging her to forgive him. When she refused, her cut her throat and then his own. Sentenced to death on 27 June. When the drop fell, the white hood that was placed over Fiddler's head turned bright red as blood began to ooze from the neck wound he had self-inflicted. If the drop had been a few inches longer it would have torn his head from his shoulders.