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The Birthday Riots occurred in Edinburgh - On this day in history

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The most serious outbreak of the King's Birthday riots began on 4 June 1792, lasting three days and nights in Edinburgh, and coinciding with the birthday of King George III (pictured). The riots were organised outbreaks of disorder which were pre-planned and often highly organised, with pamphlets distributed beforehand.

In this particular riot, at least one person was killed and an effigy of the Lord Advocate, Dundas, burned on the streets of Edinburgh, in protest against the 1791 Corn Laws which had led to a rise in food prices.

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