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Diary entry by Anthony Wood on James and Henry Bertie's defections to William of Orange

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Diary entry by Anthony Wood on James and Henry Bertie's defections to William of Orange

Author
Anthony Wood
Date
11-23 November 1688
Medium
Manuscript

His loyalty to the Crown undermined by James II's efforts to secure religious toleration for his Catholic subjects, the Earl of Abingdon deserted the King. He joined William, Prince of Orange, at Exeter on 14 November 1688 (Beddard, Kingdom Without a King, p. 21). According to this entry in the diary of Anthony Wood, the Earl set out to join William from his Lavington estate, in Wiltshire, on Sunday 11 November. Wood also recorded the defection of Abingdon's younger brother Henry Bertie. He is said to have left Oxford on 25 November with "about 40 or more men" who "went out over high bridge, some waving their hats over their heads; & lodged at Witney that night to wait for more company." Abingdon is said to have contributed £30,000 in support of the Prince of Orange (Cokayne, Peerage, vol. 1, pp. 45-6).

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