aikenhead, thomas defined in 1939 yearaikenhead, thomas - Aikenhead, thomas (c. 1678-97);
aikenhead, thomas - Scotsman hanged for blasphemy. Born in Edinburgh, the son of an apothecary, he was accused of expressing contempt for the Scriptures and theology generally. He recanted, but being tried under a statute declaring blaspheming of any Person of the Trinity punishable by death, was hanged at Edinburgh, Jan. 8, 1697, after declaring full adherence to the Christian faith. Consult State Trials, XIII.
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