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GALLOWS. An erection on which to bang criminals condemned to death.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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There was drama in the open air from the High Gallows Tree and the slow creep of Continental Drift.
It is part of Barry's new book on crime and punishment in 18th Century Northumberland, called The Gallows Tree, from Tyne Bridge Publishing at PS7.99.
He is the fourth generation of his family to run Gallantry Bank Farm - a name corrupted from the original, Gallows Tree, a 17th century execution site.