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Charles McKean, Bob Harris, and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860165

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.001.0001

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How Radical a Town? Dundee and the French Revolution

How Radical a Town? Dundee and the French Revolution

(p.186) Chapter 8 How Radical a Town? Dundee and the French Revolution

Bob Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the rise and subsequent trajectories of both loyalist and radical politics in Dundee during the 1790s. The period saw Dundee gain a lasting reputation for political disaffection and disorder. The Tree of Liberty riots of November 1792 were cited by ministers and their supporters in late 1792 as evidence of insurrectionary ambitions amongst the radical movement inspired by the French Revolution. But while Dundee had its radicals and informers in the early 1790s, loyalism dominated thereafter. Indeed it is curious to observe just how tame, relatively speaking, had been the riot over the Tree of Liberty, attended by possibly no more than a few hundred; and just how little impact such a notorious radical such as George Mealmaker — weaver in the Seagate, transported for sedition in 1798 — had upon the broad swathe of the populace in the burgh.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, radicals, loyalism, radical weavers, Tree of Liberty riots, George Mealmaker

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