Half-Hanged MacNaughten

John MacNaughten (1722–1761) or “Half-Hanged MacNaughten” was an Anglo-Irish land owner, gambler and convicted murderer. The more romantic versions of the tale portray MacNaghten’s victim Mary Ann as his lover whose marriage was forbidden by her over-bearing father. MacNaughten was born into a landed Anglo-Irish family and attended Raphoe Royal school in Co Donegal. In […]

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