There is a happy land,
doon Duke Street Jail,
Where a' the prisoners stand,
tied tae a nail.
Ham an' eggs they never see,
dirty watter fur yer tea;
there they live in misery
God Save the Queen!
After the transfer of responsibility to the state from local authorities, Barlinnie was built (1882) in order to take over from 'Bridgewall' which remained open until 1955. As Duke Street prison held women prisoners from around Scotland, many Suffragettes and political activists were imprisoned here whose protests at the living conditions would eventually lead to the closure in 1955. It was demolished in 1958 to eventually make way for the Ladywell housing scheme which was built on the site from 1961- 1964 and stands till this day. The only remaining structure of Duke Street Prison is some of the boundary wall
12 Executions were carried out here between 1865 and 1928 and the last woman to be executed in Scotland and at the time the first in over 50 years, Susan Newell was hanged here for strangling a paper boy and refused the traditional white hood. Others where:-
|12/11/1902||Patrick Leggett||The murder of Sarah Jane Leggett|
|26/07/1904||Thomas Gunning||The murder of Agnes Allen|
|14/11/1905||Pasha Liffey||The murder of Mary Jane Welsh|
|16/05/1917||Thomas McGuiness||The murder of Alexander Imlach|
|11/11/1919||James Adams||The murder of Mary Doyle (Kane)|
|26/05/1920||Albert James Fraser||The murder of Henry Senior|
|26/05/1920||James Rollins||The murder of Henry Senior|
|21/02/1922||William Harkness||The murder of Elizabeth Benjamin|
|10/10/1923||Susan Newell||The murder of John Johnstone|
|24/09/1925||John Keen||The murder of Noorh Mohammed|
|24/01/1928||James McKay||The murder of Agnes Arbuckle|
|03/08/1928||George Reynolds||The murder of Thomas Lee|
Photographs from 1955 onward taken by the camera clubs of the time have been on display throughout Glasgow and are now part of the Glasgow Museums collection.