British Executions

William James Irwin

Age: 61

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 14 Aug 1900

Crime Location: 18 Great Titchfield Street, London

Execution Place: Newgate

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


William James Irwin stabbed his wife Catherine Amelia Irwin, 32 years of age, to death on Friday, 22nd June, 1900 at Great Titchfield Street, London.

They had been married but in May 1899 they separated. However, William Irwin became jealous of her association with another man and accosted her one morning on the way to work but when she refused to talk to him he stabbed her in the chest.

She was taken to hospital but died later that day.

Before she died she made a statement saying that William Irwin asked to speak to her but had told him that she was on her way to work and that he then said 'Take that, then' and stabbed her in chest.

see Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 7.2, 18 October 2015), July 1900, trial of WILLIAM JAMES IRWIN (61) (t19000723-489).

see Murder UK

see National Archives - HO 144/281/A62016