He would give his wife “cold steel and end up on the scaffold.” Patrick Leggett, a 30-year-old Glasgow labourer, told his relatives.

He kept the first part of that promise on SEPTEMBER 13th, 1902, when he went to her home, stabbed her to death, and in trying to escape jumped into the River Clyde from which he was hauled out by a ferryman.

He hoped he had killed his wife, he said when he was taken to Partick police station. Convicted of her murder, he refused to see his relatives as he awaited execution. He told friends that he expected a reprieve because hangings in Scotland were now rare, but his optimism was misguided. He went to the gallows on November 12th, 1902.