Keynsham Army Council, June 25 1685
After gathering up all the available intelligence the options for Monmouth’s Council of War were: attack Bristol, break out north, or London.
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.
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.
As the Battle of Sedgemoor unfolds, Jones’ squadron of Whig horse attempts to break into the encampment while the Government artillery starts into deadly fire into the Whig infantry. In the centre the fire-fight continues as the battle line extends to the east.