Armitage, William
d. 1863-11-24
William Armitage, originally from Liverpool, murdered Thomas Clegg in the Williams Lake area. Authorities arrested Armitage but never caught his accomplice (although a body was discovered in the Thompson River and based on the tattoos on the body authorities supposed it to be the accomplice).1 At a meeting of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Lillooet on 15 October 1863, Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie sentenced Armitage to death.2 On 24 November 1863, Armitage was hanged from the infamous “Hangman's Tree.”3 Some sources claim that William Armitage was an alias for a man named George Storm.4
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