A Pistol of the Cinque Port Fencible Cavalry Light Dragoons. With browned round barrel stamped "CPFCLD” along the top and stamped with Ordnance proofs, plain tang with military inspection mark at tail, lock stamped toward the pan ‘BN’ full-stocked in walnut (area missing at the rear of the lock grip cracked through), regulation brass mounts comprising butt cap, trigger guard and ramrod pipes, with original steel ramrod.
The Massacre of Tranent:
The Massacre of Tranent took place on 29 August 1797 in the town of Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland.
On 28 August a proclamation was drawn up by local people to object to the conscription of Scots into the British Militia, to be used either for controlling their own people or for deployment elsewhere. The proclamation comprised four clauses:-
This measure may have been encouraged or incited by the United Scotsmen, a secret society spread throughout Scotland who were believed to be intent on insurgence and the setting up of a Scottish government under Muir of Huntershill. It is believed they had been involved in similar protests elsewhere over the 1797 Militia Act.
The following day, 29 August, the proclamation was handed to Major Wight, the commanding officer of the recruitment squad; it was initially ignored. Later, when a contingent from the local colliery communities, led by 'Jackie' (Joan) Crookston confronted the troops, their response was swift and bloody. Several of the protesters, including Crookston, were shot dead out of hand.
The protesters fled from the centre of the small town into the countryside, pursued by the Cinque Port Light Dragoons, who are reported to have cut down people indiscriminately, caring little whether they were involved in the protest or not. Casualty estimates range from around a dozen to twenty or more men, women and children dead, with more injured.
After the slaughter the troopers are alleged to have carried out rapes and pillage in the small town.
The Light Dragoons' overall commanding officer was then Colonel Viscount Hawkesbury, (later 2nd Earl of Liverpool, a future British Prime Minister) who was not present. It was reported that "His lordship was blamed for remaining at Haddington, as his presence might have prevented the outrages of the soldiery."
A statue by sculptor David Annand, of Jackie Crookston and one of the children, was unveiled in Tranent centre in 1995.
Barrel Length: 9 Inches (22.86 cm)
Overall Length: 15.5 Inches (39.37 cm)