Chartist Trials

Many Chartists including the leaders,

John Frost in Monmouth Gaol

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:

Grand Jurors:

The Welsh Chartist Martyrs

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.

A lawyer at the Chartist trial

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:

The Attorney-General

The Solicitor-General                                                                                                          

Mr Serjeant Ludlow

Mr Serjeant Talfourd

Mr Wightman

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


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