At the Dorchester Assize 74 men are sentenced to death, of these 13 are hung, drawn and quartered on 7 September 1685
July 15, 1685 at about 10 o’clock Monmouth is taken to Tower Hill. Here after 5 strikes of the Axe, the executioner finally uses a knife to sever the head from the bloody corpse. The Duke is dead, but the fight for Liberty continues.
The common misconception is the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought between a vast host of misguided peasant and a thin line of unnumbered Redcoats. That it was a forgone conclusion, but new research uncovered in my book Fighting for Liberty, has uncovered an engagement between two well matched Armies, in the early hours of July 6, 1685. It was in the balance for nearly two hours.
On June 27, 1685 Feversham attacks Monmouth’s Army at the Battle of Norton St Philip. The fighting starts in the bloody lane as Grafton & his 1st Foot Guard Grenadiers attack the Whig barricade.
The Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 was fought by Scottish and English Whigs looking to overthrow the bloody, arbitrary & tyrannical rule of James, Duke of York. This new book, based purely on eyewitness accounts, rewrites the story you thought your knew.
In May 1685, the Earl of Argyll invaded Scotland as part of a co-ordinated invasion to restore the Liberty and Religion of the British Isles. The campaign was not bloodless with two now forgotten Battles taking place and many more skirmishes. The Battle of Ardkinglas was fought on June 12, and the Battle of Muirdyke on June 18. The results will make you rethink your view on this campaign.