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Myths and Legends
Monument to the 1820 Radicals
Forgotten Heroes: The 1820 Radical War

On Wednesday 30th August 1820, a crowd of some 20,000 people gathered on a fine day in Glasgow to witness the execution of one James Wilson from Strathaven, tried and convicted as a radical and a traitor. Glasgow was awash with government soldiers, as it had been for much of the year, and the execution ground was well guarded by a group from the Rifle Brigade, the 33rd Regiment and also a party from the 3rd Dragoon Guards. More...

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1 John from Wishaw - 4 January 2004
"Those of us who are Scottish Nationalists have never forgotten the heroes who marched under the banner "Scotland Free or a Desert""

2 strakis from fortgeorge - 2 January 2004
"My father was Lithuanian and was brought up in Gorbals, Glasgow. He changed his name to strachan. His father was a furnaceman.His mother`s name was Magdalene Liaudinski."

3 Eilidh from Glasgow - 16 December 2003
"What about the forgotten heroines??? Why do ALL the characters featured on the Scottish section of your website happen to be men? Get a new historical advisor... "




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