When a notorious outlaw musician was hanged

James Macpherson was the last person to be hanged at Banff
James Macpherson was the last person to be hanged at Banff
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On this day in 1700, notorious fiddling pirate James Macpherson was hanged at Banff.

Born the illegitimate son of a Highland laird, Macpherson became a renowned fiddler before becomming a freebooter

When Robert Burns heart of the tale he wrote the song Macpherson's Farewell Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When Robert Burns heart of the tale he wrote the song Macpherson's Farewell Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

He was the last person executed at Banff.

Legend has it that before the notorious outlaw musician was hanged for sheep and cattle stealing he treated the crowd to one of his own compositions, “Macpherson’s Rant,” and then broke the fiddle over his knee.

When Burns heard of the tale he wrote the song “Macpherson’s Farewell”.