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The Porteous Riots took place - On this day in history

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Captain John Porteous was lynched by a mob in Edinburgh following an incident known as the Porteous Riots, on 7 September 1736. Porteous was attacked for his actions during the riots, when he had ordered troops to fire on a crowd of rioting Edinburgh citizens, who were protesting at the execution of smuggler Andrew Wilson.

Porteous was sentenced to death for causing death and injury to around thirty people but following an appeal, was reprieved. A furious crowd stormed the Edinburgh jail where Porteous was held and dragged him to the Grassmarket, where he was hanged.

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