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Murderers and murder ballads: Dr Pritchard, Burke and Hare,...

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Title - Murderers and murder ballads: Dr Pritchard, Burke and Hare,...
Contributors - Jimmy MacBeath
Reporters - Hamish Henderson
Item Person - Humphrey, Kate; Burke, William; Hare, William; Pritchard, Dr Edward; Peace, Charlie

Summary - Murderers and murder ballads: Dr Pritchard, Burke and Hare, Kate Humphrey.

Charlie Peace could change his features and make himself look like a woman. He was hanged about 60 years previously, but there seem to be no songs about him. Dr Pritchard, who poisoned his wife, was hanged in Edinburgh c. 1825; there was a ballad about him to the tune of 'Tramps and Hawkers'. He wanted to be smart for his public hanging. Jimmy MacBeath quotes lines from 'Up the Close and Doon the Stair' about Burke and Hare. The last public execution in Aberdeen was of Kate Humphrey, in the Castlegate, c. 1810, for the murder of her husband. Jimmy gives graphic details of the event, which was witnessed by his grandfather.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:09:21
Date Recorded - 1952.10.15
Date of Content - 1829 to 1879
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 48870
Original Tape ID - SA1952.031
Original Track ID - SA1952.31.A3
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R2507; R4805;

Item Notes - Kate Humphrey was actually the last woman, not the last person, to be publicly hanged in Aberdeen, in 1830. Dr Pritchard was hanged in Glasgow, in 1865.
See:
'Blood and Granite: True Crime from Aberdeen' (Norman Adams, 2008)

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