Glasgow malt tax riots, 1725

The unpopularity of excise duties was brought home by the disturbances in Glasgow in 1725, provoked by the imposition of a tax on malt, commonly used in brewing. The poor conduct of the magistrates of the city is clear from this letter from Major General Wade, whose troops had previously been summoned to assist in keeping order. A vivid account of what happened appeared in the Glasgow newspaper the Daily Courant (also reproduced here).
Catalogue reference: SP 54/15, p. 204 (9 July 1725)
Catalogue reference: SP 54/15, p. 216 (13 July 1725)




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