The Trial of Katharine Nairn and Patrick Ogilvie For the Crimes of
Incest and Murder in Edinburgh [Trial]. Nairn, Katharine, Defendant. Ogilvie, Patrick [d.1765], Defendant. The Trial of Katharine 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. [vii], 134 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Later library cloth, gilt title and publication date to spine, endpapers renewed. Light shelfwear, later owner bookplate (Stoughton R. Vogel) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, page numbers affected in a few places by trimming, faint stain to pp. 40-41, soiling to half-title, "2" in early hand to heads of half-title and title pages, manuscript table of contents in early hand to foot of p. 134. $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 and fled to France. She was never apprehended. This case 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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