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Lecture – Royal Refugees, the Doan Gang of Bucks County

May 7 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

On Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 PM, Washington Crossing Historic Park welcomes curators Annie Halliday and Clint Flack from the Mercer Museum to discuss the notorious Doan gang, their background, and activities early in the revolution. The Doan gang was a group of British loyalists, the most notorious members being five brothers and one cousin from the Doan family of Plumstead. The gang was composed of around 30 members who were accused murderers, attainted traitors, horse thieves, and ferried British prisoners of war to British lines. They were also guilty of robbing tax collectors, their most famous crime being the theft of the Bucks County treasury in 1781.

This lecture will focus on separating fact from fiction. Based entirely on contemporary records including court documents, eyewitness accounts, newspaper appearances, maps, and depositions. It will tell the story of the Doan gang chronologically. Part 1 (1702-1781) will focus on the formation of the gang including early biographical information on the Doan family of Plumstead and other integral members of the gang.

This event will be held in-person in the Visitor Center. Registration is required on the DCNR website. Click here to register.


May 7
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
(215) 493-4076