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William Osmond – Unsung Hero
Milborne Port has its very own agricultural revolutionary in the form of William Osmond, a local shepherd, who in 1873 was victimised by his employer, a wealthy Milborne Wick farmer called Charles Bugg, and sent to prison with six months hard labour for organising agricultural labourers in the area (inspired by George Mitchell, Somerset leader of the National Agricultural Labourers Union). On his release in January 1874, over 2,000 local people marched through Milborne Port in his support. We will be carrying out some further research and will publish our findings here soon.