Bruised, beaten and battered by her bookseller husband, Mrs. Margaret Barr, 23, finally slunk out of their Glasgow home and went to live with her mother, Mrs. Margaret Sloan, at her home in Gallowgate, central Glasgow.

But Thomas Barr, 45, wasn’t giving up. He followed his pregnant wife to Gallowgate, stabbed Mrs. Sloan to death and beat his wife so brutally that she died in hospital after giving birth to a stillborn child.

He was sentenced to death on May 10th, 1876, at Glasgow Circuit Court, and hanged on Wednesday, May 31st, 1876, in the city’s Duke Street Prison.