Groves, John

Submitted by edpope on Sat, 09/07/2022 - 16:59

John Groves of Crown Court, Russel Street, Covent Garden gent was a witness at the trial of Thomas Hardy for treason in November 1794. He said he had been a conveyancer for 22 years and that he first attended the LCS in order to spy on it on 20.1.1794. His first preserved letter as a spy was dated 13.2.1794; in it he said he had introduced himself to Daniel Jones, whitesmith, who was Clerk to a presbyterian meeting in Crown Court and a member of the LCS, in order to be invited to Div 2.

Galloway, Alexander

Submitted by edpope on Wed, 06/07/2022 - 18:29

Thomas Galloway bach = (by banns) All Hallows London Wall 26.6.1775 Ann Watson sp. wits John & Margaret Witherspoon. Their children Alexander born 18.3.1776 bapt 14.4.1776 St Edmund Lombard St, Janet born 24.10.1777 bapt 18.11.1777 St Edmund Lombard St, John bapt 13.5.1779 All Hallows London Wall, Thomas bapt 9.1.1785 All Hallows London Wall.

Dawson, James

Submitted by edpope on Wed, 06/07/2022 - 12:25

LCS General Committee 21.3.1793 (report from spy Lynam) Dawson Covent garden has one (a roll to get signatures for petition to Parliament.); General Committee 10.10.1793 Dawson has 2 skins for signatures for petition to the King (see Thale). No other evidence Dawson was LCS member.

(James Dawson of Jacksons Alley voted Fox 1780, ratebooks there 1799 to 1819, maybe different person).

Davidson, James

Submitted by edpope on Tue, 05/07/2022 - 19:59

James Davidson printer Clare Court, Strand voted Tooke 1790. St Clement Danes rates 1789 to 1794 James Davidson, Clare Court, Strand value £30. Thale is the source for otherwise unreferenced items below. On 11.4.1793 he printed handbills for LCS; a Davidson was in committee of correspondence 21.11.1793; a Davison was delegate of Div 5 on 2.1.1794. In the examination of spy Nodder by the Privy Council 22.5.1794 (Nat Arch TS 11/963) James Davidson of (Rickett?) Court, Covent Garden was claimed to have been sometimes printer for Lambeth Loyal Association.

Draper, William

Submitted by edpope on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 16:16

TS 11/963 examination 22.5.1794 of Frederick Polydore Nodder, for whose spy reports on LCS in April & May 1794 see Thale. Mentioned William Draper who lived somewhere in Clerkenwell and was preacher at London Wall, Draper also mentioned in Hayward's examination 27.5.1794. No other evidence that Draper was sympathetic to reform or the LCS.

Evans, Thomas

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 23:49

Thomas Evans and his wife Janet are well covered by Ian McCalman in his excellent book Radical Underworld. Evans first appeared in LCS records in 1795, first as a delegate from Div 40 and elected to the Exec Cttee 10.9.1795. Alexander Galloway was described as his brother in law (probably by Francis Place but I haven't searched for the exact source yet). Galloway had a sister Janet born 24.10.1777 but I could find no record of her marriage.

Davis, shoemaker

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 18:02

From meeting of Div 23 on 11.12.1793 in Brown Bear, Moorfields the spy George Lynam reported that Davis went to a Serjt at the Tower and made a convert of him & several Soldiers. On 20.12.1793 Home Secretary Evan Nepean wrote to Major General Leake that a shoemaker named Davis of 15 Cannon Street had been spreading sedition to soldiers at the Tower. (Thale p.34). He may have been the same as Peter Davey or Davie who testified at the LCS trial of Lynam 13.6.1793 that he had enquired about Lynam's character from a Mr Crab and then proposed him as a member.

Bayley, printer

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 16:53

Nat Arch TS 11/963 examination of Thomas Hardy, who mentioned Bayley a printer with 5 or 6 journeymen. Hardy answered questions freely but perhaps not honestly, to protect comrades. This could have been Thomas Bayley printer of Petticoat Lane, but no evidence he was sympathetic to LCS, and he was dead 3 years before Hardy's exam.


Submitted by edpope on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 01:34

29.12.1810 seek Towgood

Probably one of the brothers William, John and Matthew Towgood see my entries for them in the Society for Constitutional Information dataset on this website


Submitted by edpope on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 01:23

29.12.1810 write to Malone / 1.1.1811 call on Malone / 17.1.1811 write to Malone

Quite possibly Edmond Malone DNB 1741-1812 Shakespearian scholar