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The Radical Rising

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Publication Date
02 June 2016
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Birlinn Ltd

The Radical Rising

The Scottish Insurrection of 1820
by Peter Berresford Ellis & Seumas Mac a’ Ghobhainn - Find out more about the author


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Glasgow, April 1820. The last armed uprising on British soil, intent on severing the Union and establishing a radical Scottish republic, ended in executions, imprisonments, transportations and 85 trails for high treason. Yet despite its political and social importance, the story of this working-class revolution vanished from the historical record. This book restores the radical rising to its rightful place in history, offering an incisive analysis of the rising itself and the events which led up to it, vividly recapturing the extraordinary heroism of its leaders, John Baird and Andrew Hardie, and the savagery with which the movement was crushed by the forces of the British state.

Peter Berresford Ellis, an acknowledged expert on the Celtic world, is an historian, literary biographer and novelist. He is author of the bestselling Sister Fidelma historical mysteries (writing as Peter Tremayne).

Seumas Mac a’ Ghobainn was a Scottish author, essayist and propagandist who died in 1987. He was co-author (with Peter Berresford Ellis) of The Problem of Language Revival (1971).