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United Scotsmen

United Scotsmen. This small radical and revolutionary organization, closely modelled on the larger United Irishmen, started in 1793 and was suppressed in 1799. The first group, in Glasgow, was formed shortly after the prosecutions of the leaders of the Friends of the People made many radicals despair of peaceful agitation. The society's object was an independent republican regime. An attempted rising in Perthshire in 1797 led to an Act in July to suppress it and in January 1798 George Mealmaker was sentenced to fourteen years transportation. A second Act in 1799 completed the suppression of the movement.

J. A. Cannon

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