The Execution of William Davidson


This is part of the register recording the sentence and subsequent execution of William Davidson in 1820. Davidson had been convicted of high treason, following his part in the Cato Street conspiracy, and was executed, along with four fellow conspirators on 1 May, less than a week after sentencing.

This register illustrates one of the main difficulties faced when trying to trace Black and Asian people in historical records. We know from other sources that Davidson was Black - but don’t know how many of the other people listed in the register were Black or Asian.

HO 26/26, f. 46 (1820)

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