Tuesday, 12 June 2012

12th June 1812: More raids for arms in the area of Hyde, Cheshire

On the evening of Friday 12th June, a group of up to 30 Luddites again conducted raids for arms in the area of Hyde, Cheshire.

At Newton Hall the owner, Schofield Roylance, had 2 guns taken, with a promise to return them in a fortnight.

Later, the group were apparently gathered at the home of George Hyde Clarke - Hyde Hall - when they were dispersed by a group of Scotch Greys on patrol in the area.

The information about these raids is from: a letter from Lewis Lees to General Acland of the 13th June 1812 at HO 40/2/2 and a letter sent to George Hyde Clarke by his son (it's not clear which one) on 16th June 1812, which can be found at HO 40/1/1.

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