London: The Cornhill Magazine, 1865. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. Item #258023
Daniel McNaughton (Daniel McNaghten, sometimes spelled Macnaughton, McNaughtan or McNaughton, 1813â€"1865), a wood turner and carpenter from Glasgow became involved in radical politics, including Chartism, and developed a belief that he was being spied upon by the authorities. This article is chiefly concerned with his trial and acquittal on the grounds of insanity, for the mistaken murder of civil servant Edward Drummond, believing him to be Sir Robert Peel. The result of his trial in 1843 gave his name to the legal test of criminal insanity in England known as the McNaughton Rules. There is some controversy surrounding McNaughton in regard to money found upon him when arrested, how it was come by, and whether he was part of a larger conspiracy to murder Peel. His trial took place at the same time as those of the Lancaster Chartists and as such can be rather overlooked. An intriguing minor saga at the peak of the Chartist agitation in the early 1840s. It should be noted that this article is chiefly concerned with the issue of insanity and how the evidence presented proved that, or otherwise. McNaughton died in the recently opened (1864) Broadmore Asylum, having previously been held after his trial in Bethlem (Bedlam) Hospital. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or an offprint. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 15 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Cornhill Magazine; Chartism; Featured; New Arrivals. Inventory No: 258023.