Remembering when the rebels came through town

EVENT: The group gathered at the Market Cross to commemorate the 300th anniversary
EVENT: The group gathered at the Market Cross to commemorate the 300th anniversary
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The 300th anniversary of an almost forgotten episode in Garstang’s history was remembered with a ceremony at the town’s market cross on Saturday.

The event recalled the arrival in Garstang of more than 1,000 Scottish and English supporters of the exiled Stuart dynasty who wanted to see James Stuart as king instead of George I.

The Jacobites were en route to Preston where in mid-November 1715 the last battle on English soil took place, with the rebels being defeated by troops loyal to the government.

In the run-up to the battle, and during the Jacobites’ brief stay in Garstang, several local people joined the rebels, including Garstang’s then town clerk, Roger Muncaster, who was later executed.

To mark the 300th anniversary Garstang’s town crier Hilary McGrath proclaimed the victory of government troops and the capture of the rebellion’s Garstang supporters.

Among the 30-strong crowd were Garstang mayor and consort Couns Lynn and Gordon Harter, Wyre Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, former Preston North MP Sir Robert Atkins and Garstang Historical Society committee member Wendy Pain.

The event was organised by historical society vice-chairman Anthony Coppin who thanked the town crier for her public proclamation.

• Research is currently being carried out on the people from Garstang and district who joined the Jacobite cause in 1715, several of whom were hanged in the months following the battle. They included Joseph Wadsworth and Thomas Goose of Catterall and Thomas Cartmell of Claughton. Wadsworth, Goose and Cartmell were executed in February 1716 and buried at St Helen’s Church’s Churchtown.ts are being held in Preston to mark the centenary of the Battle of Preston. For more information visit www.prestonguildcity.co.uk/events/