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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

No Popery Riots

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So called from the head of the movement, Lord George Gordon, they are also sometimes known as the No Popery Riots. They occurred in London, England from June 2, to June 9, 1780. The "Protestant Association" had prevented the introduction of a Catholic Relief Bill in Scotland, and were encouraged to work for the repeal of the Catholic Relief Bill in England and Canada. Lord George Gordon, president of both the English and the Scotch associations, procured a petition for the repeal of the Relief Bill, signed by more than 30,000 names, and carried it to the House of Commons, June 2, 1780, accompanied by a huge procession wearing blue cockades and carrying flags with the device "No Popery." Attacks were made on the property of Catholics, and as the riot spread the prisons were fired and many Protestants suffered. The crowd was finally dispersed by a military force. Lord George Gordon was acquitted. Probably he did not foresee the result of his actions. Some compensation was paid to the Catholics for their losses.

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Entry for 'No Popery Riots'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/n/no-popery-riots.html. 1910.

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