Incest and Murder in Edinburgh [Trial]. Nairn, Katherine, Defendant. Ogilvie, Patrick [d.1765], Defendant. The Trial of Katherine Nairn and Patrick Ogilvie, For the Crimes of Incest and Murder. Containing the Whole Procedure of the High Court of Judiciary, Upon the 5th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, And 16th Days of August 1765. Edinburgh Printed: London: Reprinted, For T. Becket and P.A. de Hondt, 1765. [vi], 134 pp. Lacking half-title. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet with untrimmed edges bound into nineteenth-century cloth-backed boards, printed paper title panel to front board. Light soiling and a few minor stains, moderate rubbing to extremities, some wear to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, crack in text block between front free endpaper and title page. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves, light staining to final few leaves of text, light soiling to title page and (blank) verso of final leaf. $650. * Only London edition, published the same year of the only Edinburgh edition. In January 1765, 19 year-old Katharine Nairn married 40 year-old Thomas Ogilvie. She soon fell in love with his younger brother, Patrick. In June the same year, Thomas Ogilvie died after a sudden illness. Katharine and Patrick were arrested and convicted of murder by poisoning. Patrick Ogilvie was hanged, but Katharine's execution was delayed when she was found to be pregnant. Placed in a lower-security section of the prison, she took an opportunity to escape from and fled to France. She was never apprehended. This trial was the subject of a volume in the Notable British Trials series edited by William Roughead. English Short-Title Catalogue T51693.
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