Welcome to my website.
I have been researching the Swing Riots of 1830-1831, for over 25 years. I am interested in the riots and the people involved, both the rioters and those whose machine were broken, and whose corn and hay ricks were burnt. During this time I have collected a lot of information, and I have been lucky enough to make contact with a number of people who are related to those involved, and they have been kind enough to share their research with me. As far as I am aware I do not have a Swing Rioter among my ancestors, the nearest I can come are ancestors who lived in Bibury, Gloucestershire, when machines were broken there.
It was my research into the Swing Riots that led to an interest in the transportation of convicts, particularly of juveniles. I started by transcribing Hulk Registers for the Belleraphon and Euryalus, where many of the boys were held, prior to transportation. I have now completed this work and the results were published on www.findmypast.co.uk earlier this month. Although the folio and page number for each entry does not appear on Findmypast I am able to supply them to help you locate the person you are interested in.
The Convict Hulk Registers have been available on www.ancestry.co.uk for some time now and as a subscriber to Ancestry I was delighted to see this addition to their collection but dissapointed when I discovered that many of the Swing Rioters who were held on board the York before being transported had been indexed on board the Hardy. I did report this as soon as I noticed it but to date it has not been corrected. It is because of this that I transcribed the Hulk Registers for the Hardy, which can also be found on Findmypast and I am in the process of doing the same for the York, and this will be added when complete.
I hope you are able to find something useful in the pages that follow, I would love to hear from you if you are connected to a rioter or someone whose property was attacked, or one of the boys held on board the Bellerophon or Euryalus, and look forward to hearing from you if I can be of any help.
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