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William Davidson (1786–1820) by R. Cooper, pubd 1820 (after Abraham Wivell) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Davidson, William (1786–1820), conspirator, was born in Jamaica, the second son of the attorney-general of Jamaica and an unnamed black woman. Educated there until age fourteen, William was sent to England, despite his mother's protests, to complete his education. Arriving in a country seething with revolutionary fervour, ...