Wednesday, 7 September 2016

7th September 1736 ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY

Porteous riots in Edinburgh, 1736

The 23rd was in Edinburgh when, on 15 April, Captain Porteous, commander of the City Guard, ordered his men to fire on a mob, killing or wounding 17 persons. He was found guilty of murder but reprieved by the Queen. On 7 September a mob seized Porteous from prison and hanged him. The city magistrates called for assistance from the 23rd, which was deployed throughout the city.

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