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Today In History: A Bugger Was Hung

Jim Burroway

August 12th, 2008

“Buggery” — the quaint British legal term for homosexual activity — was a capital offense until 1861, when the laws were finally relaxed to allow for life imprisonment. But that change came almost thirty years too late for Captain Henry Nicholas Nicholls, who was hanged 175 years ago today for the “abominable vice.”

According to the London Courier:

Captain Henry Nicholas Nicholls, who was one of the unnatural gang to which the late Captain Beauclerk belonged, (and which latter gentleman put an end to his existence), was convicted on the clearest evidence at Croydon, on Saturday last, of the capital offence of Sodomy; the prisoner was perfectly calm and unmoved throughout the trial, and even when sentence of death was passed upon him. In performing the duty of passing sentence of death upon the prisoner, Mr. Justice Park told him that it would be inconsistent with that duty if he held out the slightest hope that the law would not be allowed to take its severest course. At 9 o’clock in the morning the sentence was carried into effect. The culprit, who was fifty years of age, was a fine looking man, and had served in the Peninsular war. He was connected with a highly respectable family; but, since his apprehension not a single member of it visited him.

[Hat tip: ExecutedToday.com (which proves that there is truly a blog for everything!) via Andrew Sullivan.]

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Ben in Oakland
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They probably loved him very much but disagreed with his lifestyle choice.

As always, straight people behave badly and gay people get blamed, bearing the consequences.

Regan DuCasse
August 12th, 2008 | LINK

And despite all, he went bravely to his death.
All things considered…does anyone think that ship, that family…the world, was better off without him?

I do well ask the question: and what good things have come with the sacrifice of each gay person, whether physically, spiritually, emotionally or socially?
It occurs to me, that with each of such loss…the whole world dies a little, and certainly man’s better self.

Ben in Oakland commented on Today In History: A Bugger Was Hung : PinkNews.co.uk
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