Monthly Archives: September 2013

Late Regency Happening: Tithe War in Ireland

The Tithe War (Irish: Cogadh na nDeachúna) was a campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience, punctuated by sporadic violent episodes, in Ireland between 1830 and 1836 in reaction to the enforcement of tithes on subsistence farmers and others for the upkeep … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: John Bellingham, Assassin

John Bellingham (c. 1769 – 18 May 1812) was the assassin of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval. This murder is the only successful assassination of a British Prime Minister. Early Life Bellingham’s early life is largely unknown, and most post-assassination … Continue reading

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1835~Last English Execution for Buggery: James Pratt and John Smith

Recently, English law was changed to support the marriage of those of the same sex. Therefore, I thought I would point out a situation when buggery was still considered a crime. James Pratt (1805–1835) also known as John Pratt, and … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Gregor MacGregor, Purveyor of Fictional Poyais Land Schemes

Gregor MacGregor (24 December 1786 – 4 December 1845) was a Scottish soldier, adventurer, land speculator, and colonizer who fought in the South American struggle for independence. Upon his return to England in 1820, he claimed to be cacique of … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: William Cobbett and The Political Register

William Cobbett (9 March 1763 – 18 June 1835) was an English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist, who was born in Farnham, Surrey. He believed that reforming Parliament and abolishing the rotten boroughs would help to end the poverty of farm … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: The Swing Riots

The Swing Riots were a widespread uprising by agricultural workers; it began with the destruction of threshing machines in the Elham Valley area of East Kent in the summer of 1830, and by early December had spread throughout the whole … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: Felling Mining Disasters, 1812, 1813, 1821, and 1847

The Felling Colliery (also known as Brandling Main) in Britain, suffered four disasters: 1812, 1813, 1821 and 1847. By far the worst of the four was the 1812 disaster, which claimed 92 lives on 25 May 1812. The loss of … Continue reading

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