Mary Gallop, 1844

Mary Gallop 1844

Mary was a Sunday School teacher from Monk’s Coppenhall near Crewe., who’s father disapproved of the man she loved. Following an angry argument, she bought some arsenic and poisoned her father.
She confessed before her execution to having tried once to poison her father by putting arsenic in a cake, which was unsuccessful, and then putting it with arrowroot, which her father himself mixed with milk and drank.
She had to be carried to the gallows in a chair, as she was so distressed she was unable to walk, and as a result, the drop was too short, and she ‘died hard’. She was hanged by George Smith, a hangman from Dudley, known as the ‘Dudley Higgler’, Higgler being a Black Country term for hangman.