General Ned Ludd

                More commonly known as “King Ludd”, or “Captain Ludd,” this fictional leader of the Luddites supposedly has origins in a real man from around the late 1700’s. One story claims that a dull-witted man in Anstey, Leicestershire was the inspiration. The tourism site for Leicester even mentions the tale on their welcome page. The story goes that the simple man smashed a pair of knitting frames, either as retribution for a whipping or after being taunted by locals. Since it was such a stupid act, whenever a machine was smashed people would jokingly say that Ned Ludd did it. When the Luddites began to smash machines in protest they adopted this figure as their mythical leader.

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