Newgate Calendar - JOHN GORDON, WILLIAM KERR AND JOHN DORRELL

JOHN GORDON, WILLIAM KERR AND JOHN DORRELL

Jacobites Executed for High Treason

            ALL the particulars we have been able to learn respecting these men are as follows. They had all of them served as officers in the army during the wars in the reign of Queen Anne, but they were zealous friends to the cause of the Pretender.

            Having learnt that the rebels had got as far as Lancashire, they appear to have been animated with the hope that success would attend the enterprise; whereupon they held meetings at a public house in Shoe Lane, London, where they agreed to set off for different parts of the country, to enlist some men to promote the undertaking; and they bound themselves to each other by the most solemn oaths to keep their transactions secret.

            But they defeated the effects of these oaths almost the moment they took them; for they met so often, and were so careless of what they said, that they were heard by persons who listened at the door of their room; in consequence of which information was given, and they were taken into custody, tried, and, being convicted on full evidence, were hanged and quartered at Tyburn, on the 7th of Dec. 1716.

            They were the first persons that suffered on account of the rebellion, professed themselves Roman Catholics, and died denying the justice of the sentence against them.

 

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