Bannister Truelock

Bannister Truelock conspired to assassinate George III of the United Kingdom in 1800 along with James Hadfield.[1]

Truelock was a shoemaker and a religious fanatic who prophesied the second coming of Jesus Christ. He also insisted in the belief that the Messiah would be born from his mouth.[2][3] In December 1800, he was admitted to Bethlem Royal Hospital for allegedly persuading James Hadfield that by shooting George III, Hadfield would bring peace to the world.[4]


  1. ^ Eigen, Joel Peter. "Hadfield, James". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/41013. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Dickens, Charles. "All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal". 17. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Poole, Steve (2000). The Politics of Regicide in England, 1760-1850: Troublesome Subjects. Manchester University Press. p. 124. ISBN 0719050359.
  4. ^ Andrews, Jonathan (1997). The History of Bethlem. Psychology Press, 1997. p. 390. ISBN 0415017734.