Anti-Catholic backlash

The path towards toleration of Catholics proved long and rocky. The Catholic Relief Act of 1778 provoked vociferous opposition - not least from Scottish Presbyterian ministers, and more threateningly from the 'mob'. Crowd violence in Edinburgh in February 1779 targeted Catholics' houses and chapels. As was feared, this proved to be a 'flame' that spread through the kingdom, leading to incidents such as the Gordon Riots in London in 1780.
Catalogue reference: SP 54/47, p. 203 (16 October 1778)
Catalogue reference: SP 54/47, p. 212 (3 February 1779)

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