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Dr. Edward William PRITCHARD



Dr. Edward William Pritchard



Mary Jane Taylor, Pritchard's wife.



In 1865 Pritchard poisoned his mother-in-law, Jane Cowan, 70, who died on 28 February.





Phrenological Key to Dr. Pritchard's Character


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
and mother-in-law.

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 scrapbook entitled
Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850
which is held at the Mitchell Library.





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