Monday, 16 January 2012

16th January 1812: The first Yorkshire Luddite is committed for trial

The day after he was arrested at the bridge near Sheepscar in Leeds, James Shaw was charged under the Black Act with "disguising his person, and having in his possession several offensive weapons" and committed to York Castle, being escorted there by a part of Scotch Greys. He was to stand trial at the York lent Assizes in March.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 18th January 1812.

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