Woman secured to a stake in the middle of a fire
Contemporary illustration of the execution of Catherine Hayes
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Catherine Hayes née Hall (1690–1726), was the last woman in England to be executed by being burned alive. She had been convicted of petty treason for the murder of her husband on 1 March 1726, when with the help of two male accomplices she had beaten him to death.[1]



Carter, P. (2004). Hayes [née Hall], Catherine (1690–1726). In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online). Oxford University Press. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/48082