Born 28 Sept 1741
Executed 1 Oct 1788
William Brodie, Deacon of
Wrights & Masons of Edinburgh
was the son of a cabinet maker in the Lawnmarket.
He was born in Brodie's Close and hanged near
St Giles - both places being just a few steps
from the tavern which now bears his name.
In manhood, Brodie's business
Louis Stevenson to write that famous classic -
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. By day, William Brodie
was pious, wealthy and a much respected
citizen and in 1781 was elected Deacon
Councillor of the city. But at night he was
a gambler, a thief, dissipated and licentious.
The annals record "his cunning and audacity were
Brodie was hanged from the
city's new gallows on
Oct 1 1788. Ironically, he had designed the gallows
that were to eventually seal his fate.