13 September 1806 – James Stockton

James Stockton was hanged at Lancaster Castle for sodomy in 1806.

Sodomy was considered a heinous crime during the 19th century, not least because of the profound influence of the Bible at that time.

However in 1785 Jeremy Bentham wrote a social reform essay arguing against such harsh laws. But he was scared there would be a national outcry, so his work was not published…until roughly 200 years later in 1978.

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