Dr John Taylor, Chartist, Ayrshire Revolutionary, by W. Hamish Fraser
Published by the Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society in 2006, 112 pages. Paperback (N3457)
Dr John Taylor (1805-1842) was an important Scottish Chartist leader, and was heavily influenced by Feargus O’Connor......
He was born at Newark Castle, near Ayr, and initially served as a surgeon in the navy, becoming involved in politics in 1830 & unsuccessfully standing for parliament for Ayr Burghs at the first election after the Reform Act, in 1832. He stood again as a Radical in 1834, and was involved in Radical journalism as well as many organisations in the west of Scotland that campaigned for political reform
Taylor was often noted for the violent terms of his speeches, and he was arrested several times, including in July 1839 for inciting a riot in Birmingham. With the rise of Chartism in the late 1830's and 1840's he became a prominent leader of the movement in Scotland, and this book offers an excellent insight into radical politics in the early and mid 19th century. (Incidentaly, a statue was erected in Taylor's memory in Wallacetown Cemetery, Ayr, in 1850)
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