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)