The Gordon Riots took their name from Lord George Gordon, third
son of the third Duke of Gordon and leader of anti-Catholic
elements in England and Scotland, who touched off the riots by
leading a demonstration to demand that Parliament repeal the
Catholic Relief Act (18 George III, c. 60) of 1778. This act had
repealed some of the constraints on Catholics – such as their
ability to hold public office – which had been in place since the
seventeenth century (see the Clarendon Code). Gordon was the
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Clark, Robert. "Gordon Riots". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 December 2007
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