Knotted stonework in Dumfries marks where Mary Timney was hanged
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Hanging case led to law change

Public revulsion at the hanging of 27-year-old mother-of-four Mary Timney in 1862 was such that it prompted a change in the law.

She was convicted of murdering her neighbour in the remote Galloway community where they both lived.

The hanging was to make history. Such was the revulsion at the spectacle of her death, it was the last time a woman would ever be hanged in public in Scotland.

  • 03 May 2012