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1825 Guiseley Shooting




Title
Guiseley Shooting
Date 1825
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
W282
Comment

                                          "Fatal Accident

   On Tuesday week, a fatal and lamentable accident took place in Guiseley.

Mr John Craven, a farmer at Guiseley, had during the day been assisting his brother in the husbandry business and in the evening retired to sup with him.

During the time they were at supper, his nephew, a youth about sixteen years of age took up a gun which had not been used for a considerable time and presenting it at his uncle said " Uncle, I will shoot you", when, to his consternation and horror, the piece went off and shot his unsuspecting relative dead on the spot. 

     The shot passed through his cheek and part of the head and so instantaneous was his death that he expired before he could complete the instinctive movement of raising his hand to his head ".

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

 

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