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1921 Murder of Katherine May Armstrong at Cusop in Herefordshire
image: Herbert Rowse Armstrong (1869 – 31 May 1922), is the only solicitor in Britain to have been hanged for murder. He practised in Hay-on-Wye, on the border of England and Wales, from 1906 until his arrest on 31 December 1921 for the attempted murder of a professional rival. He was later also charged with the murder of his wife.
Herbert Rowse Armstrong was born in 1870 at Newton Abbot, Devon. His parents were not particularly wealthy, and it was through the support of relatives that Armstrong obtained a good education and went to Cambridge University, where he was a spare Cox for the University Eight.
He gained his law degree, and became a solicitor in 1895. He initially practised in Newton Abbot before moving to Liverpool.
While at Liverpool in 1906, Armstrong heard of a vacancy in the town of Hay, in Brecknock, where there was an opening for a managing clerk. Armstrong moved to Hay, and put some of his savings into the partnership. When Mr. Cheese, the oldest of two partners died, Armstrong succeeded to the practice.
Armstrong's improved business circumstances allowed him to marry a friend from his Newton Abbott days: Miss Katerine Mary Friend, who was from Teignmouth. They moved into a house in a valley called Cusop Dingle, the stream in this valley forming part of the border between England and Wales. They had three children in as many years, before moving into a larger house in 1910, which was also located in Cusop Dingle.
In 1919 Kate's health began to weaken with a case of nephritis. At first she was improving but suddenly began to weaken again. Armstrong kept in close contact with the local physician, Dr. Thomas Hincks, and showed great concern for his wife. Hincks found that Kate was showing signs of mental collapse and came to the conclusion that it was connected to her illness. Kate was admitted to hospital, where she began to improve, but shortly after her return home her condition deteriorated and she died on 22 February 1921. It was generally held that Mrs. Armstrong was a singularly unpleasant woman who regularly abused and humiliated her husband, and it was not unnoticed that despite the local newspaper describing Mrs. Armstrong as a 'popular Hay lady', few people attended her funeral. On the day of her death the servants closed all the curtains as a mark of respect. The first thing Armstrong did on returning home from the office was to open them again.
Oswald Martin was Armstrong's only rival solicitor in Hay. They were each representing parties in a property sale, the Velinewydd estate, which could have ended with Armstrong's client losing and Armstrong having to pay a large sum to Martin's client. The details of the whole transaction remain unclear; Martin subsequently said there was a question about the titles. Perhaps Armstrong's reluctance to pay Martin was due to him having speculated with his client's funds and then losing it. Martin kept mentioning the matter of completion to Armstrong, but the latter repeatedly delayed the completion date and it remained uncompleted by the time of Armstrong's trial.
Armstrong eventually invited Martin to a meeting at his home on 26 October 1921. Martin found tea laid out with cakes and buttered scones. Martin probably thought the Major wanted to discuss completion of the property sale, but the two men merely discussed everyday things and office organisation, although Martin could have raised the matter himself. Armstrong spoke of being lonely after the death of his wife. During the meeting over tea, Armstrong picked up a scone, said "Excuse fingers" and handed it to Martin, who ate it.
Having returned home, Martin became violently ill.
Martin's father-in-law, John Davies, the chemist (pharmacist) for Hay, was suspicious of Martin's sudden illness,and when Martin told him he had been to tea at Mayfield, the Armstrongs' home, certain ideas started to form in his mind. Meanwhile, Dr Hincks became struck by how similar it was to the symptoms he had seen in Katharine Armstrong. Hincks, Martin, and Davies discussed the situation at which point the chemist remembered that Armstrong took care of his home's lawns with weed killer and arsenic. Davies warned the Martins against receiving gifts.
It was subsequently discovered that a few weeks before the tea party, a box of chocolates had been anonymously sent to the Martins. Martin's sister-in-law had eaten some and become violently ill. Fortunately, some chocolates remained and when examined some were found to have a small nozzle-like hole in the base. The three contacted Scotland Yard and explained what had happened to Martin, as well as their suspicions about Mrs Armstrong's death. Samples of the chocolates and Martin's emesis were examined and found to contain arsenic. Meanwhile, and with a note of black comedy, Armstrong began to bombard Martin with further invitations to tea, for which Martin found it increasingly difficult to find excuses to avoid.
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Portrait of John Braddyll of Portfield and Whalley
The Braddyll family was closely involved both with events local to their seat at Portfield and, through their dealings with nearby Whalley Abbey, with the politics of the Kingdom. In the 1330s, for example, John Braddyll released his rights to land in Billington to Richard Topcliffe, the Abbot's brother, and in 1347 his son, William Braddyll lived on the same estate, still under the control of the Abbey. Like a number of country gentlemen, however, the Braddylls saw an opportunity to increase their landholdings through the suppression of the monasteries. They were in elevated company: Royal officials such as Sir William Petre and Sir Robert Cecil bought themselves a courtier's dignity through their profits on monastic lands. In Lancashire, a county of deeper-seated devotion to the Old Religion -or perhaps merely more instinctively conservative- matters were transacted less smoothly.
Although the Monastery was placed under attainder in 1536 -at which point John Braddyll (d.1578) the current sitter's grandfather, began to supervise the division and administration of the Abbey property as Crown Land- resentments to Royal policy as executed by Cromwell were felt more strongly here than elsewhere in the Kingdom. The Pilgrimage of Grace in 1537 was an expression of this unease. Unremarkably, as a revolt under arms against Royal authority, it was suppressed with considerable harshness, and may even have been used as a pretext for settling local scores. Whether or not John Paslew, former Abbot of Whalley, was closely involved in the revolt is far less certain or important than the fact that his execution removed the last impediment to the establishment of central authority and the last nagging reproach to the appropriation of Church territories.
The monastic property remained in sequestration until June 1553, when John Braddyll in partnership with Richard Assheton -whose niece Anne married John Braddyll's son Edward in the following year and became in 1557 the mother of this sitter- bought the lands from the Crown for ?2,132 3s 9d. It has might appear that this purchase was injudicious coming as it did a mere twenty days before the death of Edward VI and the accession of Mary I. The latter had pledged herself to the restoration of the Roman religion and the restitution of church lands appropriated under her father and brother. For whatever reasons of practicality, however, Mary chose to undo only that part of her predecessors' work that touched upon men's souls; the church lands remained with their new owners. Assheton, therefore, became exclusive possessor of the Abbot's lodgings and Braddyll took possession of most of the outlying Abbey lands.
As an accompaniment to this newly acquired wealth, members of the Braddyll family were also to be equipped for their elevated station by a gentleman''s education. John Braddyll's son Edward, born in 1533, matriculated at St John''s College Cambridge in 1553. His second son Richard attended Christ''s College, before proceeding in 1559 to Gray's Inn. Although this was primarily in order to receive training for a career at the Bar, the Inns of Court served increasingly as gentlemanly finishing school. Not only was a training in the Law a prime qualification for government service, but it was an essential tool in the daily transactions of any land-owning gentleman. Equally, the proximity of the Inns to the Royal Palaces of Whitehall, St. James's, Greenwich and Hampton Court made them a perfect school of manners, from which young men might meet and emulate courtiers and politicians.
Edward Braddyll's sons were all sent to Oxford, where they attended Brasenose College. John, the sitter in this portrait, matriculated in 1575 and took his B.A. degree in February 1576/7. Like his father he became a member of Gray's Inn. His younger brothers Richard, Ralph and Edward followed him to Brasenose and all save Ralph then went on to Gray's Inn. It is notable that the wealth of a country family such as the Braddylls would have supplied only the eldest with the means to live as a gentleman. Younger siblings would have to enter the professions or the church. Ralph became a Fellow of Oriel and then Principal of St Mary''s Hall -which College was then attended by his son Laurence in 1635- and Edward became a Catholic priest.
John Braddyll would appear to have continued in the land-owning duties of his father. In 1604, shortly after Edward Braddyll's death, he was confirmed in his late father''s position of Surveyor of the Woods beyond Trent belonging to the Duchy of Lancaster. In the same year he was also appointed by Henry Prince of Wales to the office of Receptor Cumbriae, a position in which he owed responsibility to the Crown for the collection of revenues in Cumbria. He was succeeded not by his elder son, Edward, who died whilst an undergraduate at Oxford, but by his late-born son John (1599-1655), an ancestor of Colonel Wilson Gale Braddyll (d.1818), Groom of the Bedch
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