Monthly Archives: August 2013

Regency Celebrity: John Gale Jones, Radical Orator

John Gale Jones (1769–1838) was an English radical orator. He was several times imprisoned for provocative agitation against the government. Early Life He was admitted to Merchant Taylors’ School in 1783 and was then described as born on 16 October … Continue reading

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Late Regency Happening: The Peterloo Massacre

On August 16, 1819, the Peterloo Massacre occurred at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester. A crowd of 60,000-80,000 had gathered to protest the lack of parliamentary representation for the heavily populated industrialized areas. With the end of the Napoleonic Wars … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Sir Francis Burdett, Reformist Politician Known as “Old Glory”

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet (25 January 1770 – 23 January 1844) was an English reformist politician, the son of Francis Burdett and his wife Eleanor, daughter of William Jones of Ramsbury manor, Wiltshire, and grandson of Sir Robert Burdett, … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Benjamin Bathurst, Disappearing Diplomat

Benjamin Bathurst (18 March 1784 – 1809?) was a British diplomatic envoy who disappeared in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars. He was the third son of Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich. Bathurst disappeared on or about 25 November 1809, sparking … Continue reading

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Regency Hoax: The Berners Street Hoax

The Berners Street Hoax was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster, London, in 1810. Hook had made a bet with his friend, Samuel Beazley, that he could transform any house in London into the most talked-about address … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Henry Crabb Robinson, First Special War Reporter for The Times

Henry Crabb Robinson (1775–1867) was an English lawyer, known as a diarist. Life He was born in Bury St. Edmunds, England. He was articled to an attorney in Colchester. Between 1800 and 1805, Robinson studied at various places in Germany, … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Charles Manners-Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury

Charles Manners-Sutton (17 February 1755 – 21 July 1828) was a priest in the Church of England who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1805 to 1828. Life Manners-Sutton was the fourth son of Lord George Manners-Sutton, third son of … Continue reading

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Built in 1805: The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the Longest and Highest Aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage Site

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔntkəˈsəɬtɛ], full name in Welsh: Traphont Ddŵr Pontcysyllte) is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wrexham County Borough in north east Wales. Completed in 1805, … Continue reading

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Georgian Celebrity: William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, the First Home Secretary and Later Prime Minister

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, KG, PC (2 May 1737 – 7 May 1805), known as The Earl of Shelburne between 1761 and 1784, by which title he is generally known to history, was an Irish-born British Whig statesman … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrities: Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood – British Admiral and Mentor to Horatio Nelson

Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood (Butleigh, 12 December 1724 – London, 27 January 1816) was a British Admiral known particularly for his service in the American War of Independence and French Revolutionary Wars. He acted as a mentor to Horatio … Continue reading

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