Eugene Aram

Eugene Aram

Eugene Aram was an 18th century schoolteacher who lived and taught here in White Horse Yard. He was an exceptional linguist, and studied in particular Celtic dialects. he has been the subject of many books, plays, poems and a film. Eugene Aram became notorious for his supposed involvement in the murder of another resident here, Daniel Clarke. He was convicted on very dubious evidence, and executed at York on 6th August 1759.

Aram, famous for his supposed murder of Daniel Clarke, wrote a suicide note referring to himself as the victim of the legal system. His gaolers found him just in time with slashed wrists. He was, however, convicted and hanged in York in 1759 and later hung on the gibbet in Knaresborough just above Low Bridge.