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Friends of the people

8th December 2015
Friends of the people

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This obelisk on Calton Hill honours the 5 ‘Friends of the People’ who campaigned for universal franchise and who, in the late 18th century, were brought before the courts and banished from Britain. The monument was erected in 1844. Thomas Muir, one of the 5, said at his trial: “I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause – it shall ultimately prevail – it shall finally triumph”.

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