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People/Characters: Lord George Gordon

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Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
The Tower of London in the History of England by A. L. Rowse

Character description

Lord George Gordon (26 December 1751 – 12 November 1793) was a British politician best known for lending his name to the Gordon Riots of 1780.

A colourful personality, he was born into the Scottish nobility and became a member of parliament for Ludgershall. His life ended after a number of controversies, notably one surrounding his conversion to Judaism for which he was ostracised. He died in Newgate Prison, incarcerated for his role in the Gordon Riots.


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