Transcribers’ Discovery – A Sad Obituary

There are many transcription projects taking place for the Society of Genealogists.  As part of the transcription of the ‘Mitcham Surrey Pedigrees’, a transcript of an obituary from ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’ was found that proved to be rather interesting yet sad.

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Hell Upon Water: The Infamous Prison Ships of England 1793-1815 - A One-hour lecture on 29 June

Paul Chamberlain will talk about the British use of prison ships during the Napoleonic Wars. Over 200,000 prisoners of war of many nationalities were held at Dartmoor, Norman Cross and in prison ships, or hulks, during the Napoleonic Wars. British prison ships had an ominous reputation and French prisoners dreaded being sent to one. Why did the British blame Napoleon for the increasing use of prison hulks?

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