The Info List - Ned Ludd

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NED LUDD, possibly born EDWARD LUDLAM, is the person from whom, it is popularly claimed, the Luddites took their name.

In 1779, Ludd is supposed to have broken two stocking frames in a fit of rage. After this incident, attacks on the frames were jokingly blamed on Ludd. When the "Luddites" emerged in the 1810s, his identity was appropriated to become the folkloric character of Captain Ludd, also known as King Ludd or General Ludd, the Luddites' alleged leader and founder.


* 1 History

* 2 In popular culture

* 2.1 Music * 2.2 Literature * 2.3 Television * 2.4 Games

* 3 See also * 4 Notes


Supposedly, Ludd was a weaver from Anstey , near Leicester
, England . In 1779, either after being whipped for idleness, or after being taunted by local youths, he smashed two knitting frames in what was described as a "fit of passion". This story is traceable to an article in The Nottingham Review on 20 December 1811, but there is no independent evidence of its truth. John Blackner's book History of Nottingham, also published in 1811, provides a variant tale, of a lad called "Ludnam" who was told by his father, a framework-knitter, to "square his needles". Ludnam took a hammer and "beat them into a heap". News of the incident spread, and whenever frames were sabotaged, people would jokingly say " Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
did it".

By 1812, organised frame-breakers became known as Luddites, using the name King Ludd or Captain Ludd for their mythical leader. Letters and proclamations were signed by "Ned Ludd".



* The character of Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
is commemorated in the folk ballad "General Ludd's Triumph." Chumbawamba
recorded a version of this song on their 2003 release, English Rebel Songs 1381–1984
English Rebel Songs 1381–1984
. * Robert Calvert wrote and recorded another song "Ned Ludd," which appeared on his 1985 album Freq; which includes the lyrics:

They said Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
was an idiot boy That all he could do was wreck and destroy, and He turned to his workmates and said: Death to Machines They tread on our future and they stamp on our dreams.

* Steeleye Span
Steeleye Span
's 2006 album Bloody Men
Bloody Men
has a five-part section on the subject of Ned Ludd. * The Heaven Shall Burn
Heaven Shall Burn
song "The Final March" has a direct reference to Captain Ludd. * Alt-country
band The Gourds
The Gourds
affectionately refer to Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
as "Uncle Ned" in the song " Luddite
Juice" off their 2009 release, Haymaker. * The Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts sings of Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
in his song "Ned Ludd's Rant (For World Rebarbarised)" on his 2009 album, Spoils. * San Diego punk band The Night Marchers included a song called "Ned Lud" on their 2013 release "Allez, Allez." * "King Ludd" is the 10th track on the 2013 release entitled "Till The Days Return" from Lafayette, Indiana's "Traveling, Broke and Out of Gas." * The opening track on the album "All Hands that are Ready" by Seize The Day is Nedd Ludd. * There is a symbolic reference in the lyrics of "The Final March " by Heaven shall Burn to Captain Ludd


* Edmund Cooper 's alternative-history The Cloud Walker is set in a world where the Luddite
ethos has given rise to a religious hierarchy which dominates English society and sets carefully prescribed limits on technology. A hammer – the tool supposedly used by Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
– is a religious symbol, and Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
is seen as a divine, messianic figure. * The novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), by Edward Abbey
Edward Abbey
, is dedicated to Ned Ludd. * Anne Finger wrote a collection of short stories titled Call Me Ahab about famous disabled historical and literary figures, which included the story "Our Ned" about Ned Ludd. * Ecodefense: A Field Guide To Monkeywrenching was published by Ned Ludd Books. Much of the content came from the "Dear Ned Ludd" column in the newsletter of the group Earth First! . * In the comic book series Superman Unchained , a terrorist group called Ascension that opposes modern technology uses the image of Ludd in their broadcasts. * The Luddites were the inspiration for the play The Machine Breakers (Die Maschinenstürmer) by the German playwright Ernst Toller (1893-1939).


* In NBC's The Blacklist , episode 8 of season 1 , an activist network that plans an attack on the US financial system is led by a man who calls himself General Ludd.


* In Sarah Northway's Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville one of the factions is a group called The Luddies led by a man dubbed King Ludd Owen. The group is described as "part hippie, part luddite" and is an obvious reference to Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
and his luddites.


* Captain Swing * Rebecca Riots


* ^ Palmer, Roy (1998) The Sound of History: Songs and Social Comment, Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
, ISBN 978-0-19-215890-1 , p. 103 * ^ Chambers, Robert (2004) Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Part 1, Kessinger, ISBN 978-0-7661-8338-4 , p. 357 * ^ Hammond, J.L.; Hammond, Barbara (1919), The Skilled Labourer 1760-1832 (pdf), London: Longmans, Green and co., p. 259 * ^ Chase, Alston (2001) In a Dark Wood, Transaction Publishers, ISBN 978-0-7658-0752-6 , p. 41 * ^ A B C Alsen, Eberhard (2000) New Romanticism: American Fiction, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-8153-3548-1 , p. 43 * ^ A B George Gordon Lord Byron (2002) The Works of Lord Byron. Letters and Journals, Adamant Media Corporation, ISBN 978-1-4021-7225-0 , p. 97 * ^ Traill, Henry Duff & Mann, James Saumarez (1902) Social England, Cassell