Executions in Scotland were intended as public events that went beyond the taking away of an offender’s mortal life. The theatre of the gallows was intended to steep the person’s death in symbolic rituals of power and punishment. However, this chapter will examine cases where condemned malefactors circumvented their state-sanctioned death by taking away their own lives. It will explore the multiple judicial and popular responses prompted by the commission of self-murder and will highlight the contested fate of the suicide criminal body.
|Title of host publication||Death in Scotland|
|Subtitle of host publication||Chapters From the Twelfth Century to the Twenty-First|
|Editors||Peter C. Jupp, Hilary J. Grainger|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|