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Request a Monarch's pardon for Dic Penderyn.

Submitted by Phyl Griffiths on Wednesday 19th August 2020

Published on Thursday 3rd September 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Signatures: 1,545

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Crime ~ Government ~ Innocent ~ Merthyr ~ Pardon ~ pardons ~ The Government ~ Witness

Petition Action

Request a Monarch's pardon for Dic Penderyn.

Petition Details

In 1831, an innocent young man was convicted and hanged, despite overwhelming doubt surrounding the case against him. We call upon the government to put right a wrong that has existed for 189 years.

Additional Information

"O Arglwydd, dyma gamwedd." (O Lord, this is injustice.) Were the final words of Dic Penderyn, before being executed for a crime he didn't commit, the stabbing and wounding a soldier in the skirmishes between the starving workers of Merthyr Tudful and armed soldiers sent in to quell the Merthyr Rising of 1831. A key witness later admitted to lying under oath then the real assailant confessed to the crime on his death bed. 189 yrs on, the original injustice is perpetuated by the lack of a pardon.

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