Category Archives: William Murphy Protestant Martyr (1998)

JUNE 19TH 1867

“It is a notorious fact that, while the tone of the secular press has distinctly improved, while even fervent politicians have learnt to believe that their adversaries may be honest men- while in any case they disdain to attack the … Continue reading

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JUNE 18th 1867

A heavy peace settles on the city. The full extent of the damage done becomes clear at daybreak.The whole community is in a state of shock. However there is a strong consensus of opinion that the trouble was the work … Continue reading

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JUNE 17th 1867

10.00 A.M: A crowd gathers around the church site. However they are quiet and good natured . A rough minority has gathered in Freeman Street and Park Street and are being kept under police surveillance. 10.30 A.M: An emergency meeting … Continue reading

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JUNE 16TH 1867

Two letters appear in the Birmingham Gazzette. One from Thomas Aston drawing public attention to his plight. The other from the publican of the nearby “Coach and Horses” denying both the existence of a way to the church via his … Continue reading

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JUNE 15TH 1867

(N.B. The following has been taken almost verbatim from contemporary local newspaper accounts. However, as the earlier accounts give pretty detailed descriptions of what was said and done at these meetings, I have decided to try and recreate what happened … Continue reading

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William Murphy – Chronology (1823-1867)

(Details of Murphy’s early life are, at best, sketchy, and largely dependent on what he told his associates. The following chronology is based on the funeral oration given by the superintendent ( Mr. Edward Smith) of Wrottersly Street chapel on … Continue reading

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March 12th 1872 Sparkbrook Birmingham

Nearly a year has elapsed since Murphy’s attempt to lecture at Whitehaven ended with his being pushed down a flight of stairs and beaten and kicked violently by an angry mob. The violence and brutality of the assault has left … Continue reading

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