British Executions

Evan Thomas

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 2 May 1751

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Thursday, 2 May 1751

Evan Thomasin the parish of Llanrug on 11 September 1750 murdered his wife, Rebecca by striking her with a hammer (WALES 4/272/3).  His voluntary confession relates that that morning his wife went out milking as usual.  He followed and overtaking her they walked to the millpond of the mill called Mellinbach in Llanrug.  They went onto the Damn (sic) or bank where he struck her with a hammer 2 or 3 blows on the back of her head.  She fell into the pond then recovering stood then fell again and died.  There is a delightful woodcut showing his hanging, complete with the hangman on the ladder (BCWB Volume II number 37).

The following information appears in C&DH "A preacher, for striking his wife in the head with a shoemaker's hammer, and afterwards throwing her to the mill pool of Felin Bach, near Glangwena.  He was convicted on the evidence of another preacher, and executed May 2nd 1751.  The executioner was a man named Symon, from Clocaenog, near Denbigh."