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I have been researching the Swing Riots of 1830-1831 for over 30 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.

I am now offering a Machine Breakers Search Service, which means if you are just interested in a particular person who was involved in the Swing Riots I can now provide a printout of all the information I have on that person. For more information on this service follow the News link on the Sitemap page.

Although I began researching the riots before 1980 it was not until 1990 that the first county volume, covering Hampshire was published. It was almost the size of a telephone directory and very heavy to post! The books published since then have been A5 in size but can still be rather heavy when it comes to posting them. So far I have published accounts of the riots and rioters for the following counties: -

Berkshire (still out of print I'm afraid), Buckingamshire, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, and Wiltshire.

Although not published yet I do have a lot of information for Huntingdon, and Oxfordshire, and quite a bit on the rioters from Sussex, Suffolk and Norfolk, and I hope to get round to publishing volumes covering all these couties eventually.

It was my research into the Swing Riots that led to an interest in the transportation of convicts to Australia, particularly juveniles. I started by transcribing the Hulk Register, held at The National Archives, for the Bellerophon and the Euryalus, where many of the boys were held prior to transportation. I have now completed this work and the results can now be found on  www.findmypast.co.uk.

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 disappointed when I discovered that many of the Swing Rioters who I knew had been held on board the York before being transported had been index on board the Hardy. I did report this mistake 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 now also be found on Findmypast. I have continued indexing the Prison Hulk Registers and the following were added recently: - The Bermuda Hulks (Antelope, Dromedary, Coromandel & Weymouth) in HO7/3, and Captivity & Discovery. I am now working on the Warrior.

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 in any way to one of the Swing Rioters, or someone whose property was attacked during the riots, or if one of the boys held on board the Bellerophon or Euryalus is among your ancestors, and look forward to hearing from you if I be of any help.

Not all of the pages available appear on the tabs above but if you click on the Sitemap tab this will list all the pages. You can also use the search box to find out if a particular name or place appears on any of the pages. Many of the pages are still under construction and I am in the process of updating others, so please call back again if you do not find what you are looking for on your fist visit.

Please check out my new website, I'd love to hear what you think of it. - http://www.black-sheep-search.co.uk

Website updated 2 July 2015