Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Wiki: Massacre of Tranent

The random Wiki of the day is the Massacre of Tranent.

In 1797 in Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, the Massacre took place over a disagreement of locals and the military. The locals objected to being forced to join the military. They drew up a proclamation and gave it to Major Wight, the commanding officer of the recruitment squad. When the proclamation was ignored, they confronted the troops in protest. The soldiers promptly killed several protesters. The fleeing protesters were routed across the countryside by Cinque Port Dragoons, who killed indiscriminately as they went along. 12-20 men, women, and children were killed as a result of the massacre, plus unaccounted wounded. It is said that the soldiers went on to rape and pillage the small town, no doubt adding to that number in the process.

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