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My cousin – The Stickney Murderess, Lincolnshire

Priscilla's Grave Stone, Lucy Tower, Lincoln Castle
Priscilla’s Grave Stone, Lucy Tower, Lincoln Castle

My cousin, Priscilla Biggadyke (nee Whiley, on my mum’s side) was the “Stickney Murderess” who was eventually exonerated, but too bad, she had already been hung, having been convicted on circumstantial evidence. But I doubt anyone cared as she was guilty of immoral conduct, having it off with the lodger while her husband was at work. The lodger actually did the poisoning and it must have weighed heavily on his mind as he confessed on his death-bed. It would have been reasonable of him to assume that Priscilla may have been transported to the Colonies instead of a hanging.

This site has extensive information  here.  Done by a mutual cousin. She has included full texts of newspaper reports.

Here is an account of execution on Execution Today

Lincoln Castle will surely be in my list of places to visit when we go to England.


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

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