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Hillsborough in Orange County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Regulators Hanged

 
 
Regulators Hanged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
1. Regulators Hanged Marker
In 1771, a group of backcountry farmers referred to as “Regulators”, fed up with high taxes, dishonest sheriffs and illegal fees imposed by the British Crown, rebelled against royal governor William Tryon. Tyronís militia defeated the Regulators in what was called the Battle of Alamance and sentenced six of them to death.
Inscription.
After the Regulators
were defeated at Ala-
mance, May 16, 1771,
six of their number
were hanged, ľ mile
east, June 19, 1771.

 
Erected 2001 by NC Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number G 23.)
 
Location. 36° 4.499′ N, 79° 5.957′ W. Marker is in Hillsborough, North Carolina, in Orange County. Marker is on S Churton Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Hillsborough Historic District on S Churton Street, between King Street and Margaret Lane. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsborough NC 27278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edmund Fanning (a few steps from this marker); Orange County Courthouse, 1845-1957 (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Burke (within shouting distance of this marker); Boone Expedition for Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); William Churton (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati (within shouting distance of this marker); Billy Strayhorn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Hogg (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsborough.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Events
 
Marker on S Churton Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
2. Marker on S Churton Street
Markers in Hillsborough Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
3. Markers in Hillsborough Historic District
There are many markers in the Hillsborough Historic District. The Regulators Hanged Marker is the center one in this photo.
Relief from Battle of Alamance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
4. Relief from Battle of Alamance
This plaque, from a monument on the Alamance Battlefield, shows one of the Regulators about to be executed. Of the twelve Regulators condemned, the following six were executed by the British Governor: James Pugh, Robert Matear, Benjamin Merrill, Captain Messer, and two others, whose names are now unknown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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