All posts by Patrick Low

About Patrick Low

I'm a PhD Student at Sunderland University and my thesis is entitled 'Privacy, Punishment and the Press; Capital Punishment in the North-East 1750-1880.' My research interests include death, burial, the newspapers and punishment and I write a weekly blog detailing my work and anything relating to execution in the North-East. www.lastdyingwords.wordpress.com

Half Hung or Half Baked?

Amongst the many dark and mysterious secrets of Newcastle’s past, there is one that I have always found particularly fascinating; The Legend of ‘Half-Hung’ MacDonald. The short summary of the story is that Owen MacDonald was a soldier, executed on… Read more

Doctor Death

On Saturday 7th March, 1829, a little after 10 o’clock, an estimated 20,000 people were on the Town Moor in Newcastle awaiting a gruesome spectacle. They were there to see Jane Jamieson’s execution, sentenced to death for the murder of… Read more