'A man of colour'


These are two of the many witness statements gathered by the Crown in support of its case against William Davidson, one of the Cato Street conspirators. Both statements tell us that Davidson was ‘a man of colour’.

From his statement, it appears that John Firth knew Davidson at least by sight. John Davey’s statement talks about a Black man calling himself Davidson and describing himself as a cabinet-maker, who was trying to rent rooms. It appears from the trial report that neither of these witnesses was called to give evidence.

TS 11/205, no. 876/38 (c. 1820)
TS 11/205, no. 876/46a (c. 1820)

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