Regarding Setting Up a Gibbet at New Dundee Gaols
for the execution by hanging of Arthur Wood)
25th March, 1839
report, written by James Black, was sent to the Provost of Dundee
and details the setting up of a gibbet in the 'East Room on the
second floor of the Hospital Buildings in front of the new gaols'.
This was erected for the execution by hanging of Arthur Wood, for
the murder of his son, John Drew Wood. Both he and his wife were
tried for the murder, but his wife was acquitted. Both had given
different stories to the police regarding what took place preceding
the murder, but arguing had been heard and a witness had seen them
both carry the strangled body of the son out of their home and leave
the body at the foot of a stairway.
The new jail and bridewell had been erected at the corner of Bell
Street and Lochee Road, and this report also details the erection
of an eight-foot railing around its grounds. The execution of Arthur
Wood in 1839 at the new jail attracted a large crowd and two companies
of cavalry had been sent from Edinburgh to keep control of them.