FROM AN UNKNOWN SOURCE
April 10, 1772, Page 1.
COUNTY OF DOWN
WE, the principal Inhabitants of the Parish of Ballyhalbert, alarmed by the many dreadful Acts of Felony, Outrage, and Cruelty, which have been committed lately in various Parts of the North, by a Number of deluded, unthinking People, who call themselves Hearts of Steel, think ourselves called upon, from Love of our King and Country, from Conscience and Humanity, to discourage and suppress that Spirit of L……(missing line)…. We condemn—we abhor their Proceedings, as the Effects of gross Infatuation, or determined Wickedness, and tending to the utter Subversion of Property, Peace, and good Order, and the speedy Destruction of those who are engaged in them. We observe, with Pleasure, that no Acts of Outrage have as yet been committed among us; but as a Spirit of Riot and Disorder is generally infectious, so prevent the ignorant of foolish from being seduced into illegal Practices, We do hereby declare that we will not only defend out Properties, at the Hazard of our Lives, against all Attacks of such lawless Insurgence, but will use our utmost Endeavours to discover, and prosecute to Conviction, any Persons or Persons who may be guilty of destroying our own Property, or that of our well-disposed Neighbours, or of writing or dispersing incendiary and threatening Letters among us.
Given under our Hands at Ballyhalbert, this first Day of April, 1772.
Wm. Steel Dickson,,Francis Dunbar, Charles Lemon, D. M., Michael Ramsay?, David McKee, David Boyd, James Blair, Henry Miller,Andrew Caffey, Henry Adair, Sam Boyd,Wm. Park, Hugh McCredy, John Orr,James Craig, Adam Palmer, James Gown,Hugh Laughlin, James Gray, Edward Calvert, senr.,Alex Laughlin, Wm. Reid, Thos. Kennedy,John Ballagh, Robt. Reid, James Kennedy,John Kirkpatrick, John Reid, John Kennedy,Benjamin Best, James Wallace, Andrew Kennedy, John Bell, Wm. Leman, James Milliken, Thos. Shaw, John Gaw, James Filson, Am?? Gaw, John McCredy, Geo. Findlay, David Reid, James Caldwell, Thos. Wilson, Wm. Curran, Henry McClement, Jeremiah Lyons, Andrew Kennedy, Hugh McClement, James Gibson, Henry Drysdale, John Hunter, Henry Brown, Sam McAdam, James Martin, John Moore, Sam Caughey, Wm. McDowell, Henry Moore, John Hanna, Wm. Caughey, James Park, Wm. Hanna, Daniel McDowell, John Park, (three lines of unreadable names), Patrick Moore, All?, Alex. McCullogh, Wm. Martin, John Clegg, John Cunning, Robt. Beggs, Sam Moore, John McCance, James Miller, Robt. Gaw, John Walsh, Thos. Mc Gifford, James McMullan, Thos. Maxwell, John Cathcart, Wm. Bailie, Hugh Waugh, James Wilson, Sam Galston, John Mc Cormick, Robt. Orr, Robt. Miller, John McKelvey, John Orr, Wm. Lemon, Wm. Waugh,
I can't understand this because Wm. Steel Dickson was one of the leading lights in the 1799 rebellion, so he must have changed his allegiances. http://www.ulsterhistory.co.uk/dixonwilliamsteel.htm
see this link for more information on the Hearts of Steel http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/ashorthistory/archive/intro129.shtml
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