Sorrow, Grief, and Woe: The Poetic Lament of Granville Medhurst, who murdered his wife.

The History Inquiry
5 min readOct 24, 2023


It was on the eleventh day of May

With tears I now lament and say

My bosom friend and loving wife

I cut her tender thread of life

Granville William Wheeler Medhurst was everyone’s idea of the country gentleman. Well educated, prosperous, happily married, surrounded by children he loved, socially well-connected. There was little that this well-respected Georgian country house owner could wish for. He loved…