Webster 1913 Edition
Jack, the proper name + Prov. E.
ketcha hangman, fr.
catchto seize; but see the citations below.]
A public executioner, or hangman.
The manor of Tyburn was formerly held by Richard
Jaquett, where felons for a long time were executed; from whence we have
Lloyd’s MS., British Museum.
[Monmouth] then accosted
John Ketch, the executioner, a wretch who had butchered many brave and noble victims, and whose name has, during a century and a half, been vulgarly given to all who have succeeded him in his odious office.