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.