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					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.

				
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