The Gordon Riots, 1780
Catalogue reference: KB 33/5/12
Catalogue reference: SP 37/20, Part 2, f. 128a


B - - - not guilty

Middlesex. - The Jurors for our Lord the King upon their Oath present that George Gordon late of the parish of Saint Mary le Bone otherwise Marybone in the County of Middlesex Esquire commonly called Lord George Gordon being a Subject of our said Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith etc... not having the Fear of God before his Eyes nor weighing the duty of his Allegiance but being moved and seduced by the Instigation of the Devil and entirely withdrawing the Love and true and due Obedience which every subject of our said Sovereign Lord the King should and of right ought to bear towards our said present Sovereign Lord the King and wickedly devising and intending to disturb the peace and public Tranquility of this Kingdom on the second day of June in the Twentieth Year of the Reign of our said Sovereign Lord the now King at the Parish of Saint Margaret within the Liberty of Westminster in the said County of Middlesex unlawfully maliciously and traiterously did compass imagine and intend to raise and levy War Insurrection and Rebellion against our said Lord the King within this Kingdom of Great Britain and to fulfil and bring to Effect the said traiterous compassings Imaginations and Intentions of him the said George Gordon He the said George Gordon afterwards that is to say on the said second day of June in the twentieth Year aforesaid with Force and Arms etc at the said Parish of Saint Margaret within the Liberty of Westminster in the said County of Middlesex with a great Multitude of Persons whose names are at present unknown to the Jurors aforesaid to a great Number to wit to the Number of Five hundred persons and upwards armed and arrayed in a warlike manner that is to say with Colours flying and with Swords Clubs Bludgeons Staves and other Weapons as well offensive as defensive being then and there unlawfully maliciously and traiterously assembled and gathered together against our said present Sovereign Lord the King most wickedly maliciously and traiterously did ordain prepare and levy public War against our said Lord the King his supreme and undoubted Lord contrary to the Duty of his Allegiance against the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity and also against the form of the Statute in such Case made and provided And the Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath aforesaid further present that the said George Gordon being a subject of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith etc not having the fear of God before his eyes but being moved and seduced by the Instigation of the Devil and entirely withdrawing the Love and true and due Obedience which every subject of our said Sovereign Lord the King should and of right ought to bear towards our said present Sovereign Lord the King and wickedly devising and intending to disturb the peace and public Tranquility of this Kingdom afterwards to wit on the said second day of June in the Twentieth Year of the Reign of our said Sovereign Lord the now King and on divers other days and times between that day and the tenth day of the same Month of June at the said Parish of Saint Margaret within the Liberty of Westminster in the said County of Middlesex unlawfully maliciously and traiterously did compass Imagine and intend to raise and levy War Insurrection and Rebellion against our said Lord the King within this Kingdom of Great Britain and to fulfil and bring to Effect the said last mentioned traiterous Compassings Imaginations and Intentions of him the said George Gordon He the said George Gordon on the said second day of June in the twentieth Year aforesaid and on divers other days and times between that day and the tenth day of the same month of June with force and Arms etc at the said Parish of Saint Margaret within the Liberty of Westminster in the said County of Middlesex with a great Multitude of Persons whose Names are at present unknown to the Jurors aforesaid to a great Number to wit to the Number of Five hundred persons and upwards armed and arrayed in a warlike manner that is with Colours flying and with Swords Clubs Bludgeons Staves and other Weapons as well offensive as defensive being then and there unlawfully maliciously and traiterously assembled and gathered together against our said present Sovereign Lord the King most wickedly maliciously and traiterously did ordain prepare and levy public War against our said Lord the King his supreme and undoubted Lord contrary to the Duty of his Allegiance against the Peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity and also against the form of the Statute in such Case made and provided.




ENGLAND in BLOOD.
On Thursday Morning the 8th Inst. at Nine o'Clock will be published in ONE SHEET and HALF, Folio, price ONLY Three-Pence, by C. THOMPSON, No. 159, Fleet-Street,
The THUNDERER:
ADDRESSED to Lord George Gordon, and the glorious PROTESTANT ASSOCIATION; shewing the Necessity of their persevering and being united as ONE Man, against the infernal Designs of the Ministry, to overturn the religious and civil Liberties of this Country in Order to introduce POPERY and SLAVERY. - In this Paper will be given a full Account of the bloody Tyrannies, Persecutions, Plots, and inhuman Butcheries exercised on the Professors of the Protestant Religion in England by the See of Rome, together with the Names of the Martyrs, and their sufferings; highly necessary to be read at this important Moment by every Englishman, who loves his GOD and his COUNTRY. - To which will be added, some Reasons why the few misguided People now in CONFINEMENT for destroying the ROMISH CHAPELS should not suffer, and the dreadful Consequences of an attempt to bring to Punishment.

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