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The Cato Street Conspiracy: Plotting, Counter-Intelligence and the Revolutionary Tradition in Britain and Ireland

Jason McElligott and Martin Conboy

Abstract

On 23 February 1820 a group of radicals were arrested in Cato Street off the Edgware Road in London. They were within 60 minutes of setting out to assassinate the British cabinet. Five of the conspirators were subsequently executed and another five were transported for life to Australia. The plotters were a mixture of English, Scottish and Irish tradesmen, and one was a black Jamaican. They were motivated by a desire to avenge the ‘Peterloo’ massacre and intended to declare a republic, which they believed would encourage popular risings in London and across Britain. This volume of essays uses ... More

Keywords: Black History, plotting, informers, revolution, insurrection, London, radicalism, Peterloo, slavery, Ireland, Spence, Thomas, Thistlewood, Arthur

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526144980
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526144997

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason McElligott, editor
Marsh's Library

Martin Conboy, editor
University of Sheffield