When a gamekeeper is murdered in the execution of his duty the most likely culprit is a poacher. So it was when gamekeeper David Evans was murdered on an estate in Northop, Flintshire, on March 11th, 1840. The police quickly pulled in “a notorious poacher,” Edward Jones, 47, and a jury just as quickly convicted him.

Jones was hanged before 7,000 people outside Flint Castle on Saturday, April 18th, 1840. In the death cell he confessed that his downfall was due to “Sabbath-breaking, drinking and an addiction to poaching.” He was the last person executed at Flint.