Saturday, February 15, 2014

New York's 1787 Buggery Statute

New York's 1787 buggery statute, vol. 1, p. 336 here.

Slightly revised in 1788 at vol. 2, p. 73 to exclude benefit of clergy:


  1. "...every person thereof convicted... shall be hanged by the neck until he or she shall be dead."

    How can a woman commit buggery?

  2. Any non-vaginal sexual intercourse, or vaginal intercourse with an animal, constitutes buggery under the statute passed by Parliament during Henry VIII's reign. I would be curious to know if there is a connection to Anne Boleyn and the tricks that she used to "bewitch" him.