300th Anniversary of the Jacobites connection wtih Garstang

The first two weeks of November 2015 mark the 300th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous events in the history of this part of Lancashire.
In early November 1715, around 4,000 Scottish and English Jacobites (supporters of the ousted Stuart dynasty) made their way through Garstang and on to Preston.
Their aim was to see the Old Pretender, James Stuart, proclaimed King of England and Scotland, ousting the Hanoverian King George 1.
At Preston they were soundly defeated by government troops, loyal to King George.
The battle was the last battle on English soil…and, with Garstang being in close proximity to Preston, there were several Garstang links.
Among the tiny numbers who had joined the rebels in Garstang were Roger Muncaster, then town clerk of Garstang. Other rebels were Joseph Wadsworth of Catterall, Thomas Goose also from Catterall and Thomas Cartmell of Claughton.
Within weeks of the rebels being defeated in Preston in mid-November all of them, including the Garstang rebels, were tried – and punished. Muncaster was executed at Preston. Wadsworth, Goose and Cartmell were put on gallows in the Garstang area.
To mark this anniversary various events are being held, mainly in Preston, during November 2015.
However two events are planned in Garstang on
* Wednesday, November 11 at 7.30 pm at Garstang United Reformed Church. Garstang Historical Society has organised a lecture on the Battle of Preston, by Dr Bill Shannon of Fulwood. For more information visit http://www.garstanghistoricalsociety.org.uk and click on “Programme.”
On Saturday, November 14th at 11 am on the cobbled area in front of the Market Cross, next to the Royal Oak Hotel, Garstang, town crier Hilary McGrath will present a brief “news cry” detailing the activities of invaders and their local supporters, and tell of their doomed cause…
For more information contact Anthony Coppin on 01995 605824.

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