Canpbell Major 1888 21 Regiment Hanged Armagh.
The buildings and premises include three and a-half acres. Prisoners are received from the whole of Armagh, Cavan, and Monaghan, and from a portion of Down and a portion of Fermanagh.
The last execution for murder was in 1876. In 1808 Major Alex. Campbell was hanged for killing a brother officer, Capt. Alexander Boyd, in a duel. Major Campbell was descended from an ancient Highland family, and had distinguished himself in Egypt, under Sir Ralf Abercrombie. He was transferred to the 21st Regiment from a Highland corps, and it is said that his promotion to a brevet majority gave offence to the senior
captain. The 21st Regiment was quartered at Newry. Major Campbell commanded at the half-yearly inspection. After dinner Captain Boyd, in the course of conversation, sneeringly remarked that Campbell had given an incorrect order on parade. Later in the evening, while the other officers were at the theatre, Campbell and Boyd continued to converse in bitter terms. At last, heated with wine and stung by the remarks of Boyd, Campbell went to his room and returned with loaded pistols. He sent for Capt. Boyd and, with closed doors, insisted on immediate "satisfaction." At the first fire Boyd was mortally wounded. He was removed to his own quarters. Campbell immediately followed, and found him supported in the arms of his grief-stricken wife and surrounded by his young family. Campbell begged him to acknowledge that all had been fair. " Yes," said Captain Boyd, "it was fair; but you are a bad man. You hurried me." Having gasped out the completion of the sentence, he expired. Major Campbell, after some time, gave himself up. He was tried, found guilty of murder, and sentenced to death by Judge Mayne. A great deal of sympathy was excited for him ; but, although respited, his friends were unable to save his life. At the execution, a company of his old regiment formed the gaol guard.