18th Century Living History

And we must go a marching to the beating of the drum!

In General News on May 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

It’s been a little while since we posted anything on the blog largely because we have been off eventing all over the U.K from Yorkshire in March, Befordshire in April and most recently Cumbria this weekend.

A recruiting party at the Cockermouth Georgian Fayre.

 

You can see pictures from these events by clicking the links below and browsing on our facebook page.

Coming out of Winter Quarters – Ryedale Folk Museum

Wrest Park – English Heritage St.Georges Day Festival

Cockermouth Recruiting Party – Cockermouth Georgian Fayre

We will be returning to Ryedale Folk Museum this weekend to keep the Kings Peace which has been disturbed by the local population who care not for the Militia Acts.

The Militia Acts having been enacted in 1757 as a way to bolster the home defence of the U.K and potentially free up regular units for campaign. Men in England were balloted to join the embodied militia; however those rich enough could buy their way out of the ballot. This can be seen as arguably a system of conscription by another name.

The act was universally unpopular, especially in the North of England. In 1758 at York Azzises four men were arrested for obstructing the ballot. They were eventually hung for treason. In 1761 at Hexham the North York Militia was ordered in to the town square at Hexham to support the Civil peace. Around 5000 individuals had gathered to protest against the Milita Ballot. Following building tensions the riot act was read, the crowd advanced on charged bayonets with clubs and staves. In the confusion two Militiamen were shot by their own weapons. The magistrates ordered a general fire, by the time the fire ended the 45 men were dead and over 300 were wounded.

The actual 68th was ordered to Durham to help keep the peace in 1761 although with less bloody consequences than what has become known as the Hexham Riots!

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