EXECUTION AT ELGIN. An account of the Execution of ALEXANDER GILLAN, who was executed at Speyside, (the Place where the deed was committed) on Wednesday the 14th of November, 1810, for ravishing and murdering Elizabeth Lamb—his body being afterwards hung in Chains, pursuant to his sentence. T is almost impossible to describe the great was given to Mr. McBean, but proved to be I bustle which took place on the day appoint- ed for the execution of this unhappy man, by only some extracts from the religious publica- tions he had read during hit consinement. people of every age and sex pouring in from all quarters, to witness his melancholy exit; but After this, he became more tranquil, ascend- every thing was so judiciously arranged that no ed the ladder without hesitation, and awaited accident whatever happened, cither on the road his fate with perfect resignation. or at the fatal spot. He was detained in this state of awful He was escorted to the place of execution by suspense too long, by the unskilfulness of the a party of the 78th Regiment, from Fort executioner, whole concern seemed directed George, attended by the Reverend Mr. Gor- to the perquisites of the office more than the don, of Elgin, and Mr M'Bean, of Alves, business in which he was engaged. Sir George Abercrombie, the Sheriff Depute, the Provost and Magistrates of Elgin, several When the drop gave way, so great was of the county Gentlemen, and an immense the fall, that he yielded his spirit without a concourse of people, from every quarter, and struggle. of every age and sex. Having hung an hour, he was cut down During the time Mr. Gordon delivered a and put into irons, and he now remains very impressive prayer, the criminal was con- suspended to his gibbet, a shocking example vulsed with the most agonizing throbs of of the dreadful effects of vice, when permit- grief. For some time past, he has exhibited ted to usurp the empire of reason; an example symptoms of the most genuine repeatance, which, it is hoped, will strike deep into the and has appeared to be deeply impressed with a minds of the rising generation, and tend to sense of the enormity of his guilt, and of the prevent the recurrence of such terrifying awful change he was about to undergo. spectacles. For this happy temper of mind he was Gillan was a good looking young man, abont indebted to the attention of the neighbouring 19 years of age, and always behaved himself clergy, but chiefly to the unremitting instruc- in a becoming manner till the time he commit- tion and pious exhortation of the Rev. Mr. ted the shocking deed for which he so justly Grant, of Eigin, whole benevolent exertions suffered an ignominious death. could not fail of producing the happiest effects. He was a farmer's servant, and bore a good moral character wherever he was employed. After Mr. Gordon had finished prayer, the It was a matter of great astonishment to every criminal was clevated on a cart, from whence person who was acquainted with bim that he he attempted to address the spectators, from a could be guilty of such dreadful crimes; but paper which he held in his hand, and had pre- his guilt was proved beyond a doubt, and the pared for the occasion, but his agitation of hand of the Almighty was evident in its disco- mind rendered him unable to proceed, and it very, as was plainly shown upon his trial T. DUNCAN, PRINTER.