The Mad Assassin who killed the wrong man.

Daniel McNAughten, Insane Murderer (In Illustrated London News, Wellcome Collection)

Sir Robert Peel, who was twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Tory party in parliament, was targeted for assassination by one Daniel McNaughten.

At least, that’s what people thought.

Daniel grew up in Glasgow and worked for his father before setting up his own business as a woodturner. It was a successful business and he, a frugal…



Phil Anthony PhD; Researcher, writer, home baker.

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