I'm sorry, that is a transcript of the article and no further information is
forthcoming anywhere that I have.
Supporting James, Duke of Monmouth was always going to be a long shot. He
was just one of many illegitimate sons of Charles II. He was never likely to
attract the money men of London. He was just a chancer who saw his chance
when Charles II died without a son and knowing that James was Charles'
brother and a catholic and likely to be unpopular. His major mistake was to
be three years early and also to have come up against the best ever English
General in Marlborough (or John Churchill as he was then). As I was taught
it, against any other general of the time the insurgents would probably have
won the battle of Sedgemoor. There was a flash of genius involved in turning
the guns of the army 90 degrees in the fog and blasting the rebels. I don't
know why I should be happy about that as my lot were amongst the slaughtered
on the field! [That's my mother's lot-my father's lot had been done in in
the late Civil War-didn't we do well!!]
As for murdering revenue men-well he got all he deserved there! Everyone
else was buying them off very profitably at the time so why should your
ancestor mess up a very happy arrangement that suited everyone!
Barnstaple On-Line Parish Clerk
Web site at www.barnstapleopc.co.uk
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ruth Bartlett" <Ruth.Bartlett(a)tesco.net>
To: "Jonathan Frayne" <jon.frayne(a)btinternet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: [DEV] The Bloody Assize at Exeter
Is there anything further on John Gosling - whether he had any
or was hung before he could?
Subject: [DEV] The Bloody Assize at Exeter
> Christopher Cooper
> John Gosling
> John Gosling, at Axminster.<
only a Daniel Gosling was hung at Heavitree in 1787 for the murder of a
They didn't get any better, did they?
Picked the wrong side again!