Ruth Blay

Ruth Blay (June 10, 1737 – December 30, 1768) [1] was executed by hanging after being convicted of concealment of a stillborn illegitimate child, which was later found on the floor of the barn next to the house in which she was staying. She was not convicted of killing the baby. She was granted 3 reprieves before the execution. Blay was the last female executed by the state (then a colony) of New Hampshire.

Ruth Blay
Born(1737-06-10)June 10, 1737
DiedDecember 30, 1768(1768-12-30) (aged 31)
Criminal statusDeceased
Criminal penaltyDeath by hanging

Blay split her time between teaching in nearby towns and being a seamstress.

Ruth Blay's story is covered in an episode of the podcast Lore.


  • Pamela Keene; Melanie Keene; Kevin Auger. "The Tragic Story of Ruth Blay". Archived from the original on 2013-02-02.

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