Patrick McCawley: “To Preserve us from Utter Ruine”: The Revolution of 1719

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Patrick McCawley: “To Preserve us from Utter Ruine”: The Revolution of 1719

April 30 @ 1:00 pm


The Horry County Museum and the AVX Foundation present a program by Patrick McCawley on The Revolution of 1719 in South Carolina on Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 PM.

This lecture will explore the largely forgotten bloodless Revolution of 1719 in Charles Town and its lasting impact on South Carolina history. In 1719, the elected representatives of the Province of Carolina requested the protection of the British Crown.  Over the first fifty years of the colony’s existence, the Lords Proprietors, the owners of the colony, had struggled with the colonists over economic and political control of the settlement.  Internal squabbles and external dangers that threatened the colony led the settlers to rebel against the proprietors and ask the King to take over control of Carolina.  This step would set the province on a new path towards self-determination and the idea that political power is derived from the people.

Patrick McCawley has been with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History since 1986.  Patrick spent the first 21 years with the department as archivist with Reference Services branch, where he handled research queries dealing with the Civil War and other SC military related events.   In 2007, he became the Accessions Archivist and supervisor of the Archival Processing Unit.  In 2018, he was also given responsibility for the agency’s Records Management Unit and State Record Center which holds long term non-current, non-archival records.

Patrick has authored several publications for the department including a Guide to Civil War Records: A Guide to the Records in the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and The Many Faces of Slavery, a documentary reader on slave life in South Carolina.  He has curated several exhibits for the agency including “’To preserve us from utter ruine’: The Revolution of 1719.”  Born and raised in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, Patrick received his BA degree in American History from the University of Maryland and attended the Applied History program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  He lives in Chapin, SC.

The program will begin at 1:00 pm in the McCown Auditorium located at 805 Main Street, Conway S.C. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-915-5320 or email To view a full list of programs, visit our website at


April 30
1:00 pm


Horry County Museum
805 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526 United States
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