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Royal Refugees: The Doan Gang of Bucks County

Posted by MercerandFonthill

At the time of the American Revolution, the Doan Gang was a group of British loyalists in Bucks County, PA. The gang was composed of around 30 members, the most notorious being five brothers and one cousin from the Doan family of Plumstead, Bucks County. Among these members were accused murderers, traitors, horse thieves, and those who ferried prisoners of war across British lines. The Doan Gang was also guilty of robbing tax collectors, their most famous crime being the theft of the Bucks County Treasury on October 22, 1781.

Just in time for the 240th Anniversary of the Bucks County Treasury robbery, the Doan Gang program series focuses on separating historical fact from fiction and dispelling the many myths surrounding this infamous group. The research for this Bucks County Historical Society (BCHS) series is founded on archival records, including court documents, eyewitness accounts, newspaper appearances, maps, and depositions, many of which come from BCHS archives. This research was also supplemented by records from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library and Archives of Canada, and the Newtown Historic Association.

These programs are designed to be enjoyed as a complete series, as they tell the story of the Doan Gang chronologically, although guests can register for just one or all. Tickets for each presentation are sold separately.

Advance registration is required for all. Once you purchase your admission, you will receive a personalized link to these Zoom virtual programs from our museum team. Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Event Dates
Wednesday and Friday from Wednesday, October 20, 2021 through Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Event time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost / donation
Programs priced individually
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