Many Chartists including the leaders,
John Frost, Zephaniah Williams and William Jones, were arrested and put on trial in Shirehall, Monmouth, where they were tried for High Treason.
1839-40 The CHARTIST TRIALS held at The Monmouth Assizes: 19th November 1839
A Special Commission of Oyer and Terminer issued under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, to inquire of certain High Treasons and Misprisions of Treason, committed within the county of Monmouth; and a Special Commission of Gaol Delivery as to all persons who were or should be in custody for such offences on or before the 11th day of December following.
10th December, at 10 o’clock, the Special Commissions were opened in the Crown Court at Monmouth.
Those present in the court:
The Right honourable Lord Chief Justice Tindal
The Right honourable Mr. Baron Parke
The Honourable Mr. Justice Williams
The Lord Lieutenant Capel Hanbury Leigh Esq.
Sheriff Colthurst Bateman Esq. delivered in the panel, which was called over, and the following Gentlemen were sworn in:
Foreman: The Right honourable Granville Charles Henry Somerset
The Honourable William Rodney
Sir Benjamin Hall, Bart.
William Addams Williams, Esq.
Reginald James Blewitt, Esq.
Richard Amphlett, Esq.
Joseph Bailey, Esq.
Richard Blakemore, Esq.
Francis Chambre, Esq.
William Curre, Esq.
Philip John Ducare, Esq.
Joseph Davies, Esq.
John Gisborne, Esq.
Samuel Homfray, Esq.
John Francis Vaughan, Esq.
John Jenkins, Esq.
Thomas Lewis, Esq.
Charles Octavius Swinnerton Morgan, Esq.
Charles Marrlott, Esq.
Francis M’Donnell, Esq.
William Needham, Esq.
Charles Harrison Powell, Esq.
John Etherington Welsh Rolls, Esq.
Counsel for the Crown:
Mr Serjeant Ludlow
Mr Serjeant Talfourd
The Honourable JC Talbot
Solicitor: George Maule, Esq., Solicitor for the Affairs of Her Majesty’s Treasury
Counsel for the Prisoners: Sir Frederick Pollock, Mr. Kelly
Assistant Counsel: Mr. Thomas
Solicitor: Mr. WF Geach