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Account of Oxford during the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion

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Account of Oxford during the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion

Author
Anthony Wood
Date
1685
Medium
Manuscript

On 11 June 1685 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and illegitimate son of Charles II, landed at Lyme Regis, Dorset, in rebellion against the government of his Catholic uncle James II. As Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, the task of securing the county defences fell to James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon. This contemporary account by Anthony Wood records the defensive preparations and drilling of volunteer militia in Oxford. The Oxfordshire defences were never tested for on 6 July Monmouth was routed at Sedgemoor in Somerset. A celebratory dinner was held for the University troop at Rycote on 20 July. Wood recorded that "they came home well fuz'd."

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