Friday, 2 March 2012

Newport Chartist John Frost

John Frost is one of the best known figures in Chartism. His fame comes from his ill-fated leadership of the Newport rebellion in December 1839, his subsequent transportation to Australia, and the campaign that led eventually to his return.
The second in our series of profiles and sketch portraits taken from William Lovett’s newspaper, The Charter, is of John Frost, who was at that time serving as delegate from his home town to the General Convention of the Industrious Classes.
In addition to The Charter’s somewhat unflattering physical description of Frost, there is plenty of related material on Chartist Ancestors, including:
* Lovett’s later account of the Convention and a list of delegates
* the story of the Newport rebellion and
* A list of contributors to the Frost Defence Fund