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Thomas Cochrane, “The Sea Wolf”

I was flicking through Wikipedia, looking for collected links on the half-mad British naval captain Thomas Cochrane, when I discovered this lovely tidbit of writing:

In 1810, Sir Francis Burdett, a Member of Parliament and political ally, had barricaded himself into his home at Piccadilly, London, resisting arrest by the House of Commons. Cochrane went to assist Burdett’s defence of the house.

His approach to this, however, was essentially similar to the approach he had taken in defending forts against enemy attack and would have led to numerous deaths amongst the arresting officers and at least partial destruction of Burdett’s house, along with much of Piccadilly.

On realising what Cochrane planned, Burdett and his allies took steps to end the siege.

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