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Order from James II and his Privy Council dismissing thirty-one members of the Oxford City Council

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Order from James II and his Privy Council dismissing thirty-one members of the Oxford City Council

Author
James II and Privy Council
Date
20 January 1688
Medium
Manuscript

James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon's support for the Crown was eroded by James II's pro-Catholic policies. Having refused to support the repeal of the penal laws, he was dismissed from the lord lieutenancy of Oxfordshire in November 1687 (HMC, Lindsey Mss., pp. 270-2; CSP Dom. June 1687-Feb. 1689, p. 106). The Earl, however, still retained substantial influence in the county and on 16 September 1687 was elected High Steward of Oxfordshire (MS. Top. Oxon. c. 325, fol. 68). Seeking to gain control of the Oxford Council, the King and his Privy Council, exercising a power reserved to the monarch in the city charter, issued this order for the removal of thirty-one councillors. Many of those removed were supporters of the Earl of Abingdon (VCH Oxon., vol. 4, p. 125). This copy of the order is preserved among the Earl's papers in the Bodleian.

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