Tower of London - Prisoners - Earl Ferrers

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Tower of London - Prisoners - Earl Ferrers

Tower of London - Prisoners - Earl Ferrers


Late 18th Century





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Article on the case of Earl Ferrers extracted from 'The Royal Magazine' (May 1760).

Ferrers was executed, Monday 5 May 1760, for shooting his steward. He was hanged in his wedding clothes which were white cloth embroidered with silver, and white silk stockings. When he mounted the stage he knelt for about 3 minutes with the clergyman, whom it was said was his brother, then was executed where he hanged for a full hour, then was put in a shell not undressed and carried to Surgeon Hall'.

Mary Grose diary quoted in V A C Gattrell 'The Hanging Tree' (OUP,1994). op. cit. p.85 -6 contains details of the family's expenses for the execution (255 1/4 yds of black baize to hang the scaffold @ 20d. etc). p.33 notes that it took nearly 3 hours to travel from the Tower to Tyburn in something of a parade.

See also TOL PED/TOWER/1597 (formerly I.1597)


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