Last month we drew your attention to some recent events around the Bicentenary of the 1820 Rebellion. after which three men were executed and many more deported to Australia for treason. One of them was James ‘Purlie’ Wilson :
Since then one of our members Mary McCabe has written and featured in an excellent video about the events of 1820 for Glasgow Open Doors Digital Festival. That video then became the basis of a zoom discussion led by Mary for around the thirty of us who tuned in. One person who zoomed in was a descendant of one of the rebels who was deported to Australia!
Mary McCabe, co-convenor of our P4Indy National Group writes:
Many of you will have heard of the Radical Wars which swept across West Central Scotland in the early 19th century and which culminated in the 1820 Scottish Uprising. This is a little-known episode of Scottish history, with the reports of what happened suppressed at the time and to some extent suppressed ever since.
Because 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bonnymuir and the trials, executions and transportations which followed, there had been lots of plans this year to stage commemorative events in local communities. These have mostly fallen foul of Covid-19 and the lockdown.
The aims of the Radicals were political as well as economic and included better wages for weavers, the universal male franchise and independence for Scotland. The play is performed (there are folk-songs as well as drama) by senior citizens.