Riots in 1780, headed by Lord George Gordon, to compel the
House of Commons to repeal the bill passed in 1778 for the relief of
Roman Catholics. Gordon was undoubtedly of unsound mind, and he died in
1793, a proselyte to Judaism. Dickens has given a very vivid
description of the Gordon riots in Barnaby Rudge.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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