Trial of William Taylor, page 1 of 2. William Taylor from Great Valley was one of 60 people in Hanover tried by Court Martial for sedition in late January and early February 1832 following Sam Sharpe's War. They all pled not-guilty. 58 were found guilty, 2 were acquitted. Of those found guilty, 36 were sentenced to death (6 of these later had their sentences commuted to 50 or more lashes). William Taylor himself was sentenced to 300 lashes, 2 months hard labour and a further 200 lashes before his release. Most of the trials were very short and there were no witnesses recorded as giving evidence in defence of the accused except for the 2 people who were acquitted. CO137/185 part 3. © Images reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, Tel: 020 8392 5225 Fax: 020 8392 5266.