Dr Edward William Pritchard, a convicted criminal in
the 19th century, has his head analysed according to the system of
Phrenology, the study of head shape and size which claims to
indicate an individual's personality and intelligence. Pritchard was
a physician renowned for his extra-marital seductions of young women
and was convicted of murder after he confessed to the crime of
poisoning of his wife
Pritchard was hanged on 28 July 1865 and was the last
man to be publicly executed in Scotland. This article refers to his 'small,
round head' and attributes his criminal behaviour to shape, saying 'There
is an enormous mass of brain behind the ear...and wherever it exists,
we find an extensive tendency to crime'.
"Lines On The Execution Of Dr Pritchard", a song preserved in a
Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 which is
held at the Mitchell Library.