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George the arsonist (allegedly)

 
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Delboy



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: George the arsonist (allegedly)  Reply with quote

Been thinking more about George Lloyd (1748-1819) and Bland's account of the tragic tale of him being wrongly accused of arson etc.
Is there anyone who is familiar with this story? If so, is there any other evidence to suggest that it is true/contains some truth rather than just a legend? Any court or gaol records, military records etc.
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Dotty
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: I say... Reply with quote

Hi Delboy,

What research have you done so far to gather more information about George?

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Delboy



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: George Reply with quote

I have basic stuff - dob, marriage, death (maybe the death of his wife, Susannah, but 1776 seems a bit too early for the 'legend') - then this intriguing quote.
I know the Royal Manchester Volunteers were involved with the last siege of Gibraltar, but whether George was there or even a member of this regiment .......?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: Doh.... Reply with quote

Hi,

Where does the military come into it and what happened in Gibralter?

It doesn't take much to confuse me, sorry!!

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Delboy



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the story in Bland, George was in Preston gaol accused of arson (1776) then convicted at the next sessions in Wigan. Rather than prison, he was offered the choice of joining the Manchester Militia. He took this option and, allegedly went out to Gibralter. 'but his conviction caused the death of his wife who knew he was innocent'!

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