Tuesday, 3 September 2013

CORN RIOTS IN WALES 1793 - 1801 and the Execution of Samuel Hill and Aaron Williams for Participation in the Merthyr Corn Riot 1801 (Research Continues).

Before Rebecca Wales Corn Riots: 



Social Disorder in Britain 1750-1850: The Power of the Gentry, ... - Page 256 - Google Books Result

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08/05/1801Samuel HillGlamorganCardiff Heath
"Aaron Williams""

Records state both were convicted of Highway Robbery.

22 April 1801
At Cardiff Assizes, which ended on Friday last, and occupied the whole of
 the week, three of the rioters at Merthyr, who had committed felonies, were capitally convicted, and received sentence of death, viz. Samuel Hill, 
James Luke, and Aaron Williams; as were Thomas John, and Gwenllin 
Watkin, for sheep stealing. Judgement is suspended on three others of 
the rioters who were found guilty of felonies.

The execution of two rioters

by Anonymous

Location: Marion Löffler, Welsh Responses to the French Revolution: Press and Public Discourse (2012), doc 3.21 On Friday se’nnight were executed on Cardiff Heath, pursuant to their sentence, Samuel Hill and Aaron Williams, two of the Merthyr rioters, who had been capitally convicted at the late Great Sessions of the County of Glamorgan. – They both behaved with the greatest penitence, and seemed fully confident, through the merits of their Redeemer, of having had pardon and forgiveness. – Aaron Williams, during the course of his prayers, before they were turned off, observed “that they were going to suffer for hundreds,” Samuel Hill replied, “yes, for thousands, but I never knew so happy a day as this in the course of my life.”

Shrewsbury Chronicle, 29 May 1801.