13 - Bloody Assize of Ancaster
June 21, 1814 - at the Union Hotel, acting as a makeshift courthouse, fifteen men are convicted of High Treason and sentenced to a gruesome death. They were to be hanged, eviscerated, quartered and then beheaded. On July 20, 1814, the sentence was carried out at Burlington Heights, near Dundurn in Hamilton, Ontario. Discover more about the largest mass hanging in Canadian history.
- PDF copy of the death sentence from the Assize trial minutes - from the Archive of Ontario.
- Archive of Ontario summary of Loyalty and Treason in the War of 1812.
- In Time Perilous and Unusual - great Hamilton Spectator article by James Elliott
- Bloody Assize Revisited - Hamilton Spectator article by Mark McNeil
- Searching for the Forgotten War: 1812 Canada - Patrick Richard Carstens & Timothy L. Sanford
- War of 1812: The Year 1814 - publication of the Hamilton Historical Board
- Chief Justice Thomas Scott - The Lives of the Judges of Upper Canada and Ontario, From 1791 to the Present Time - David B. Read, Q.C., published 1888.
- Chief Justice Thomas Scott
- Senior Justice William Dummer Powell
- Junior Justice William Campbell
- John Beverly Robinson - Acting Attorney General
- General Sir Gordon Drummond - Lt. Governor of Upper Canada & British Army Commander
- James Crooks - Grand Jury Foreman
- Samuel Street - Grand Jury
- Robert Nelles - Grand Jury
- Robert Hamilton - Grand Jury
- Levi Lewis - Grand Jury
- David Secord - Grand Jury
- Laura Secord - Canadian Heroine
- James Secord - Laura Secord's husband who helped carry SIr Isaac Brock's body from Queenston Heights (see section War of 1812)