The Radical War 1820 Rising
? Committee for Organising a
Provisional. Government, 28 men, elected by union?. Han to elect
officials and begin training. Under ex-soldier and weaver John Baird,
18th Mitchell (Glasgow Police) reports
on word from informers.
21st Committee meet Gallowgate. Present
- John King, Weaver, Anderston. King leaves early, others later
22nd Meeting in Anderston. Present -
King, John Craig, Duncan Turner, Robert (?) Lees. King reports rising
23rd Meeting in Rutherglen. Turner
reveals plans for Provisional Government. Support pledged.
Proclamatiori given to Anderson, printer.
28th Craig and Lees approach printer,
Fulton, of MacKenzie’s Saltmarket.
29th Mitchell (Glasgow Police) seeks
"some plan" to tempt reformers into open action. Informers
have infiltrated committee. Few know of arrests made on 21st March.
30th Lees pays Fulton £1.3/-
King and Turner encourage making of pikes.
1st Craig collects 1/2 copies of
Proclamation. Lees collects remainder at midnight.
2nd Proclamation distributed
3rd Strikes, drilling, weapon-making.
Craig attempts to organise march to Carron. Scattered before ambush.
Craig fined 5/- (25p). Fine paid by magistrates.
4th Turner organises meeting at
Germiston. 60 present. Andrew Hardie leaves with 30 men: carries
half card from Turner for Baird King visits Baird - gives half card.
Hussars leave Perth.
5th Dawn. Hardie at Condorrat. Baird +5
men join. March to Castlecary. King directs to Bonnymuir leaves to
alert supporters in Camelon. Battle of Borinymuir. Lees sends message to Wilson in
6th Strathaven force march to Cathkin.
Arrests of Radical organisers.
7th Arrest of Anderson, printer. Sent
to Government post in East Indies. Searches for weapons. Strathaven
prisoners to Hamilton.
8th Paisley prisoners taken to
Greenock - riots - Port Glasgow militia fire on crowd - at night
crowd free radical prisoners. 9th Army Units to Greenock.
13th Indictment of Bonnymuir radicals
begins in Stirling.
20th James Wilson put on trial for
treason in Glasgow.
24th Wilson sentenced to death in spite
of a plea by jury for mercy.
4th Baird, Hardie and Cleland
sentenced to death. Cleland’s sentence subsequently commuted to
life transportation. 18 other radical prisoners sentenced to
30th Wilson hung and beheaded at
Glasgow Green. 20,000 crowd sympathetic to Wilson.
8th Baird and Hardie hung and
beheaded in Stirling.
9th Last TreasOn Trial against the
Radicals in Ayr.
11th 19 Radicals taken aboard the
hulk Bellerophon at Sheerness to await transportation to New South
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