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Hangman’s Wages


13 1/2d. The fee given to the executioner at Tyburn, with 1 1/2d. for the rope. This was the value of a Scotch merk, and therefore points to the reign of James, who decreed that “the coin of silver called the mark-piece shall be current within the kingdom at the value of 13 1/2d.” Noblemen who were to be beheaded were expected to give the executioner from £7 to £10 for cutting off their head.

“For half of thirteen-pence haʹpenny wages

I would have cleared all the town cages,

And you should have been rid of all the stages

I and my gallows groan.”

The Hangman’s Last Will and Testament. (Rump Songe.)

⁂ The present price (1894) is about £40. Calcraft’s charge was £33 14s., plus assistant £5 5s., other fees £1 1s., to which he added “expenses for erecting the scaffold.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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