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The 1820 Rising
The Radical War
Greenock casualties


On Saturday 8th April the Port Glasgow Militia after escorting five Radical prisoners from Paisley to the Greenock Jail fired indiscriminately into the Greenock crowd, resulting in eight deaths and ten wounded. In spite of the enormity of the Militiaís deed no disciplinary action was taken. At night the citizens of Greenock rescued the Paisley Radicals, only one of whom was subsequently re-arrested.

The Greenock dead and wounded ranged from eight year old James MacGilp to sixty-five year old John MacWhinnie.

Adam Clephane (48 years) dead
James Kerr (17 years) dead
William Lindsay (15 years) dead
James MacGilp (8 years) dead
Archibald Drummond (20 years) dead
John Mac Whinnie (65 years) dead
John Boyce (33 years) dead
Archibald McKinnon (17 years) dead
(Died of his wounds on 5th May 1820)

Mrs Catherine Turner (65 years) leg amputated
Hugh Paterson (14 Years) leg amputated
Peter Cameron (14 years) flesh wound
John Gunn (24 years) flesh wound
John Turner (22 years) flesh wound
Gilbert MacArthur (18 years) slight wound
Robert Spence (11 years) slight wound
David MacBride (14 years) slight wound
John Patrick (30 years) slight wound
George Tillery (25 years) slight wound


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