Busby's stoop chair

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The chair in Thirsk Museum

The Busby's stoop chair or the Dead Man's Chair is an allegedly haunted oak chair that was cursed by the murderer Thomas Busby before his execution by hanging in 1702 in North Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.

Crime and curse[edit]

Busby was arrested, tried and condemned to death after he murdered his father-in-law Daniel Auty in 1702. The execution's site was said to be haunted by Busby's ghost.[1]


Busby was gibbeted at Sandhutton crossroads,[2] beside an inn.


In the 1970s some fatal accidents were linked with the chair.[1] In 1972 the chair was ultimately hung from the ceiling of Thirsk Museum[1] to prevent occupancy, even by maintenance.

Cultural references[edit]

Busby's chair, as depicted in Hetalia: Axis Powers

In Episode 26 of Hetalia: Axis Powers, England monologues to himself that he will get revenge on America using "Busby's Chair". However, Russia sits in the chair instead, causing it to explode in a red aura.[3] This is also mentioned in one of the character song from Russia named "Pechka, Light My Heart" that "even the Busby's chair gets blown into bits". Also in the same show, a character song from England named "Pub and Go" reminds that if you sit there (in Busby's chair) you will die and you will be "dragged straight down to hell".


  1. ^ a b c "The infamous Busby Stoop Chair". Thirsk Museum. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Peach, Howard (2003). Curious Tales of Old North Yorkshire. Sigma Leisure. p. 98. ISBN 1850587930. 
  3. ^ Hetalia: Axis Powers - Episode 26 (SUB) (DVD) (in Japanese and English). 9 June 2010. Event occurs at 1:08. Retrieved 7 August 2015.