British Executions

George Patterson

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 7 Jun 1897

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


George Patterson was a soldier sentenced to death by Lord Young at Edinburgh High Court for the horrific murder of his paramour. Mary McGuire, whom he beat to death with a red hot poker in their home at Milton Lane, Glasgow, in February. When the body was discovered police counted forty burns on the upper body. His defence attributed the murder to the fact that Paterson was insane as a result of sunstroke he had suffered while serving in India. The jury found him guilty by a majority of 8-7 and on 17 May he was sentenced to death: they also added a unanimous recommendation for mercy on account of provocation. It was expected that Paterson would be reprieved as the execution was due to take place amidst the celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. In Glasgow on Whit Monday 7 June 1897 he was hanged by James Billington on a scaffold specially constructed in a part of the gaol known as the joiner's shop.