By Celia Bloor - 14th June 2020 6:07am
This is number 11 in the series of short history "pieces" from members of the Audlem and District History Society
Mary Fildes (c1789-1876)
When I married, I changed my name from a more common (meaning popular!) one to Bloor, which to a non-Staffordshire person seemed more interesting. This led to an interest in genealogy. I joined family history societies and my husband formed the Blo(o)r(e) Society — the brackets mean alternative spellings included in a one-name study.
One of our members had an ancestor with middle name Fildes and surname Bloor. She told me that one of her elderly relatives had seen the scar made by a sabre slash on the arm of a lady. That lady is Mary Fildes who is shown standing on the tumbril, wearing a white dress, in the painting of the Peterloo Massacre of 16 August 1819. Mary Fildes was President of the Manchester Female Reform Movement that year and was lucky to survive the attack by the cavalry.
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