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One Week in April

The Scottish Radical Rising of 1820

Maggie Craig

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A new and vivid re-telling of one of the most extraordinary moments in Scottish and British history. Published to mark the 200th anniversary of the last armed uprising in Scotland.
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One Week in April: The Scottish Radical Rising of 1820 A01 By (author) N Maggie Craig 240 160 25 579 BB Hardback 272 Birlinn Ltd Birlinn General Edinburgh United Kingdom WQH Local history HBJD1 British & Irish history HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 1DBKS Scotland 3JH c 1800 to c 1900 1.3 WQH NHD Local history European history 1DDU-GB-S 3MNB Scotland Early 19th century c 1800 to c 1850 A new and vivid re-telling of one of the most extraordinary moments in Scottish and British history. Published to mark the 200th anniversary of the last armed uprising in Scotland. In April 1820, a series of dramatic events exploded around Glasgow, central Scotland and Ayrshire. Demanding political reform and better living and working conditions, 60,000 weavers and other workers went on strike. Revolution was in the air. It was the culmination of several years of unrest, which had seen huge mass meetings in Glasgow and Paisley. In Manchester in 1819, in what became known as Peterloo, drunken yeomanry with their sabres drawn infamously rode into a peaceful crowd calling for reform, killing fifteen people and wounding hundreds more. In 1820, some Scottish Radicals marched under a flag emblazoned with the words 'Scotland Free, or Scotland a Desart' [sic]. Others armed themselves and set off for the Carron Ironworks, seeking cannons. Intercepted by Government soldiers, a bloody skirmish took place at Bonnymuir near Falkirk. A curfew was imposed on Glasgow and Paisley. Aiming to free Radical prisoners, a crowd in Greenock was attacked by the Port Glasgow militia. Among the dead and wounded were a 65-year-old woman and a young boy. In the recriminations that followed, three men were hanged and nineteen were transported to Australia from Scotland. In this book Maggie Craig sets the rising into the wider social and political context of the time and paints an intense portrait of the people who were caught up in these momentous events. 'It was seven days that shook Scotland, a week when the country's impoverished, exploited workers said enough was enough' * Sunday Post * 'Despite the swell of support from workers, the Scottish Radical war of 1820 would not only be quashed, it would also be virtually airbrushed out of history ... Maggie Craig's research unpicks events which saw communities around Scotland unite to end their oppression' -- Sandra Dick * Herald Magazine * 'This is Maggie Craig at her best' * Bookseller * 'This is an excellent book, the best and fairest account of the Radical Rising I have read' -- Allan Massie * Scotsman * Maggie Craig is the acclaimed writer of the ground-breaking Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45, and its companion volume Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the '45. She is also the author of six family saga novels set in her native Glasgow and Clydebank. She is a popular speaker in libraries and book festivals and has served two terms as a committee member of the Society of Authors in Scotland. 02042020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 20.00 0.00 20.00 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available BERT BKSPD GARD Y

In April 1820, a series of dramatic events exploded around Glasgow, central Scotland and Ayrshire. Demanding political reform and better living and working conditions, 60,000 weavers and other workers went on strike. Revolution was in the air.

It was the culmination of several years of unrest, which had seen huge mass meetings in Glasgow and Paisley. In Manchester in 1819, in what became known as Peterloo, drunken yeomanry with their sabres drawn infamously rode into a peaceful crowd calling for reform, killing fifteen people and wounding hundreds more.

In 1820, some Scottish Radicals marched under a flag emblazoned with the words 'Scotland Free, or Scotland a Desart' [sic]. Others armed themselves and set off for the Carron Ironworks, seeking cannons. Intercepted by Government soldiers, a bloody skirmish took place at Bonnymuir near Falkirk. A curfew was imposed on Glasgow and Paisley. Aiming to free Radical prisoners, a crowd in Greenock was attacked by the Port Glasgow militia. Among the dead and wounded were a 65-year-old woman and a young boy. In the recriminations that followed, three men were hanged and nineteen were transported to Australia from Scotland.

In this book Maggie Craig sets the rising into the wider social and political context of the time and paints an intense portrait of the people who were caught up in these momentous events.

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Book publisherBirlinn General
Publication date2 Apr 2020
FormatHardback
Pages272
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