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The Hanging of Margaret Dickson

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Maggie Dickson, a flawed character of great drama, courage and a lustful heart, is born to an alcoholic, philandering father and a disillusioned mother. On her wedding day, she swears that she will be mastered by no man, not even her husband.  But when her fisherman husband goes to sea and leaves her alone with two children to a starving subsistence, Maggie has no option but to use her considerable charms and looks to survive.

Embarking on a career of vice and debauchery, Maggie finds herself in a tavern in Kelso, where the landlady permits her to work for board and lodgings. The life of a tavern wench suits her well and Maggie thrives for months until she develops an obsession for the innkeeper’s son, William Bell. She is swept away into to a deep and all-consuming love by the tall and attractive young man, yearns for him and finally begs for his attention.

In the heat of the moment, there is one passionate interlude that tears her world apart. The young man walks away knowing she is married and off limits. Her forbidden love festers to the point where Maggie completely loses her mind. She finds herself pregnant with William’s child and contrives to conceal her condition.

But when the body of a baby is found at the water’s edge by a local fisherman, Maggie is arrested and taken to Edinburgh for trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to death. She dwindles away in the most horrible prison conditions, common to the time, chained to a rail with the dead and dying, while the whole city speculates whether or not she killed her child. Will she take her secret to her grave?

‘The Hanging of Maggie Dickson’ is a heartrending tale of obsession and unrequited love. 

Synopsis:

Can you imagine a forbidden love so strong that you would sacrifice your family, your freedom, your dignity and your very life?

Maggie Dickson would be mastered by no man, not until she met the one she couldn't have, the innkeeper’s son, and then she gave her life for him. Or did she?

Synopsis:

In an age when women are expected to know their place, be submissive, dutiful and chaste, Maggie Dickson, a Musselburgh fishwife, is often in trouble. She’s outspoken, promiscuous and vituperative. While her husband’s at sea, she sells her fish, sleeps with men for pleasure or money and looks after her two children. In time, her husband abandons her. Maggie quits Musselburgh and heads for Newcastle to stay with relatives.

During the winter of 1723, a fisherman finds the dead, naked body of a baby boy. Fingers are soon pointing in the direction of a stranger working in a local tavern, a woman recently estranged from her mariner husband. It is rumoured that she’s been having a passionate affair with the innkeeper’s young son, William Bell, and that he is the father of the dead child.

Maggie is arrested and taken to Edinburgh tollbooth to await trial, is found guilty and is sentenced to death. The news spreads like wildfire and, as Maggie languishes in jail, the whole city speculates whether or not she killed her child. Will she take her secret to her grave?

‘The Hanging of Maggie Dickson’ is a heartrending tale of obsession and unrequited love. 

About the Author

Alison J. Butler was born in Liverpool during the 1970s. She lives in Lancashire, is married to Dave and has four children.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Scottish Borders 1723; Chapter One: Temple 1697; Chapter Two: The Honest Toun; Chapter Three: Skulls, Murlins and Creels; Chapter Four: St Michaels, Inveresk – 3 June 1715; Chapter Five: The Fish Market; Chapter Six: The Taibsear; Chapter Seven: Lead Us Not Into Temptation; Chapter Eight: The Sins of Eve; Chapter Nine: Press-Ganged; Chapter Ten: For Whom She is Waiting Comes at Last; Chapter Eleven: The Rake’s Progress; Chapter Twelve: Sins of the Flesh; Chapter Thirteen: Maggie Conceals Her Shame; Chapter Fourteen: On the Banks of the Tweed; Chapter Fifteen: Put to the Gad; Chapter Sixteen: Punishing the Poor; Chapter Seventeen: The Hanging – 2 September 1724: Chapter Eighteen: The Luckenbooth

Product Details

ISBN:
9780857283474
Author:
Butler, Alison
Publisher:
Thames River Press
Author:
Butler, Alison J.
Location:
London
Subject:
Romance - Gothic
Subject:
Thames River Press
Subject:
Fiction
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Romance » Gothic
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Nursing

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Product details 298 pages Thames River Press - English 9780857283474 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Can you imagine a forbidden love so strong that you would sacrifice your family, your freedom, your dignity and your very life?

Maggie Dickson would be mastered by no man, not until she met the one she couldn't have, the innkeeper’s son, and then she gave her life for him. Or did she?

"Synopsis" by , In an age when women are expected to know their place, be submissive, dutiful and chaste, Maggie Dickson, a Musselburgh fishwife, is often in trouble. She’s outspoken, promiscuous and vituperative. While her husband’s at sea, she sells her fish, sleeps with men for pleasure or money and looks after her two children. In time, her husband abandons her. Maggie quits Musselburgh and heads for Newcastle to stay with relatives.

During the winter of 1723, a fisherman finds the dead, naked body of a baby boy. Fingers are soon pointing in the direction of a stranger working in a local tavern, a woman recently estranged from her mariner husband. It is rumoured that she’s been having a passionate affair with the innkeeper’s young son, William Bell, and that he is the father of the dead child.

Maggie is arrested and taken to Edinburgh tollbooth to await trial, is found guilty and is sentenced to death. The news spreads like wildfire and, as Maggie languishes in jail, the whole city speculates whether or not she killed her child. Will she take her secret to her grave?

‘The Hanging of Maggie Dickson’ is a heartrending tale of obsession and unrequited love. 

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