The Death Of Self-styled Sir William Courtenay Also Known As John Nichols Thom W ...
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Description: The death of self-styled Sir William Courtenay also known as John Nichols Thom whose preaching found support amongst the rural poor who were protesting against the New Poor Law of 1834. On 29 May Courtenay shot a parish constable who attempted to arrest him during a demonstration. Two days later a small skirmish ’the Battle of Bossenden Wood’ near Hernhill occurred in which eight labourers were killed or wounded. Courtenany himself was shot after killing Lieutenant Henry Bennett.
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