Beheading of Lady Lisle

An Account of the last moments and words of Lady Lisle before she executed in Winchester, September 2, 1685

My lord,

It was at about four when this lady of over seventy years was brought to the scaffold erected in the market-place of Winchester. She mounted the stairs with help from her maid. All around there was great sorrow from her friends and neighbours in the crowd. When asked by the sheriff if she had any last words, this noble lady, shock her head, but handed him a paper that she had written the night before. The sheriff now read her last words to the crowd, parts of which are not without interest and are captured below:

“Gentlemen, Friends, and Neighbours, it may be expected that I should say something at my death, my birth and education being near this place. My parents instructed me in the fear of God and I now die of the reformed religion, always being instructed in that belief, that if Popery should return to this nation, it would be a great judgement….” her words then described the relationship she had with the Lord God almighty.

Then he continued “I did as little expect to come to this place on this occasion as any person in this nation….My crime was entertaining a nonconformist minister, who is since sworn to have been in the late duke of Monmouth’s army. I am told if I had not denied them, it would not have affected me. I have no excuse but surprise and fear, which I believe my jury must use of to excuse their verdict to the world…I have been told that the court ought to be counsel for the prisoner, instead of which there was evidence given from thence; which though it were hearsay, might possibly affect my jury. My defence was such as might be expected from a weal women. But such as it was I did not hear it repeated again to the jury.

But I forgive all persons that have done me wrong, and I desire that God will do so likewise. I forgive colonel Penruddock, though he told me, he could have taken those men before they came to my house.

I acknowledge his majesty’s favour in altering my sentence and I pray God to preserve him, that he may long reign in peace, and the true religion flourish under him.

Two things I have omitted to say, which is, that I forgive him that desired to be taken from the Grand Jury to the petty jury, that he might be the more nearly concerned in my death.

Also, I returned humble thanks to Almighty God, and the reverend clergy that assisted me in my imprisonment.”

Now she prayed with the Minster who attended her, then after removing her white coif, which she handed this to her maid before giving Mr Ketch a coin. Then she knelt with much grace and calmness of spirit, made a simple prayer, before laying her neck on the block.

With this Mr Ketch took her head off with one clean cut, on which the crowd gave out a gasp as one, with her friend fulling into a great rage of sadness. Some dipped there kerchiefs in her blood now pooling on the floor below the scaffold. So passed this god and noble lady from this world. She is to be the first martyr in Jeffreys campaign in the west.

After her execution, her remains where given to her daughters, who carried them back to Moyles Court at Ellington. Where will be entombed the following day. So ended the life of Lady Lisle, in my next I shall give an account of the Assize in Dorchester.

Your in the cause of the righteous.

William Savage

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