Research and Innovation Development Office
Category: Research success
17 November 2013
Dr John Gardner, from ARU's Department of English and Media, has made new findings regarding rebellions that led to the execution of eight men for High Treason in front of thousands of people in 1820.
John's article, 'Preventing Revolution: Cato Street, Bonnymuir, and Cathkin', has just appeared in the journal Studies in Scottish Literature.
Through examining a range of documentary evidence from archives including previously unexamined transcripts of trials, poetry, and contemporary woodcuts, John finds that the rebellions were British government traps, instigated through agents provocateurs, designed to dissuade the public from revolution.
He also finds that the rebellions in Scotland were not concerned with promoting the notion of an independent Scotland, as Scottish nationalist critics have argued, but instead that they were intimately related to insurrections in England and should be seen in a British context rather than a Scottish one. John's findings are published in the latest issue of Studies in Scottish Literature.