Dorchester, July 18. 1685

On reaching Ilfracombe we run into a company of Militia, but after an exchange of shot and they quickly withdraw, giving us time to flee into the hills. Alas, this is covered in Militia parties and we are forced to hide during the day, so now we must travel at night. Our plan is to make our way to a place called Brendan, for it is here that John Gilton, one of the men from Minehead, has a ‘brother’ who can provide a safe place for us to hide. Then more misfortune strikes, for during the early hours of the second night, we are discovered by out-guards of Militia Horse. In the short firefight that follows we chased them off, but Col. Wade is hit in the back by a pistol shot. By the time we reach the brothers house, Col. Wade is unconscious so we lay him in the bed, for he is close the death. It is here we now agree that our only chance, is to spilt into smaller parties to make good our escapes. Young William Hewling does elect to stay with Col. Wade until the end. So, it is now with a heavy hearts that we say our farewells and each party leaves to find their own fate.

Richard Goodenough and I agree to head back toward the coast, rather than towards Crediton, for there are plenty of fisherman huts and cabins within which we can to hide. We find cover under an old boat and over the next day we spy many enemy patrols but none saw us. However, as we slept, a fisherman’s lad came upon us and raised the alarm. So, before we knew much of it, a strong Militia party had come for us and being so outnumbered, we put ourselves into their mercy. We are now taken as prisoners to Exeter for they can see we are officers. One man recognises Richard as a leading Rebel, so he is now set to go to Newgate, whilst I shall be taken to Dorchester the next morning. It is on this night that I learn the sad news of his Majesties death, and openly weep for I have now broken the promise I made to his mother those many years ago.

When I arrive in Dorchester Gaol, it is already full of other fugitives, some I know with a nod, others I do not and can’t trust, for I have given a false name. All the prisoners tell of how after the Battle they saw trees full of the dead. How the enemy treated every commoner, man or women, as ‘Guilty’, even if they could prove otherwise. How the penalty for being ‘out without just cause’ was to hang from the gibbet or be shot. This type of cruel justice has not been seen in England since the reign, of that most bloody of monarchs, Queen Mary. But this was how the Catholic Duke treated the Scotch before he took the crown and now it is our Kingdoms fate.  But it is only in Ireland, during the last war, that I saw such cruel and harsh treatment of the soldiers and common people alike, for today we have word that every man in Taunton is be made a martyr for the cause.

More poor souls are forced to join us and there must be near to 200 in this dark and damp place. The newcomers have been arrested for simply being ‘absent from their homes without due reason’ or ‘out and about’  or ‘aiding’ (or just those the sheriff’s or neighbours dislike). Even those that left us before the Philips Norton fight and can produce the ‘general pardon’, do find themselves with us once again. As we make space for each new prisoner, he pays by giving us fresh news and reports of our friends and of our enemies. This is how I learn that the blood-letting has only just started. For now, as if to emphases the righteousness of our cause, this Catholic King, has become the Tyrant King we knew him to be.  For our Judge is be the cruellest of the Tyrants creatures. One with his hands so covered in the blood of Whigs that his very skin is stained red. For I know this man, and I know that he will be a killing Judge, for his name is Jeffreys. With this sad knowledge, I know the type of justice we shall receive. For those that plea ‘Not Guilty’ shall die hard, those that plea ‘Guilty’ shall die easy, but those that beg for ‘mercy’ shall die the worst.

This morning and every morning we  awake knowing each new day, is one closer to us joining his Majesty. So, with hunger eating away at our bellies and dry tongues swelling in our mouths, we wait our lot in the Assizes. But although we know our destiny, as one man whispered to me, he summed up how most of us feel, for he said, ‘I seek no justice from this Tyrant, for I shall get none. I fought for my Liberty and so I shall die for my Liberty. I pray folk remember us, for we all shall die to secure their Liberty from a Tyrant.’  

So, this is a Tyrants justice, one where innocent and guilty men alike are hung and quartered without a word, where women shall be burnt alive for feeding their husbands. We have lost this Rebellion, so his justice will turn the West of England into a shambles, full of rotting limbs and human carcases, of widows, hunger and empty streets. The smell of death will be across these four counties for generations, for this will be a Bloody Assizes.

‘Yours in the cause!’

[Editors Note: It is hard to date these last entries of the Monmouth Rebellion journals, but we know Richard Goodenough is captured on the 14th July, so I have put them together in this place]

Texel, May 30. 1685
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Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

The Channel, June 9. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

Seatown, June 10. 1685
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This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

Lyme, June 11. 1685
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Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Lyme, June 12. 1685
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Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Lyme, June 13. 1685
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Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Bridport, June 14. 1685
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Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Axminster, June 15. 1685
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This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

Chard, June 16. 1685
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Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Ilminster, June 17. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

Taunton, June 18. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Taunton, June 19. 1685
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Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Taunton, June 20. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

Bridgwater, June 21. 1685
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We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

Glastonbury, June 22. 1685
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There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

Shepton Mallet, June 23. 1685
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This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

Pensford, June 24. 1685
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This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

Keynsham, June 25. 1685
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This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

Philips Norton, June 26. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Philips Norton, June 27. 1685
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Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Frome, June 28. 1685
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This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

Frome, June 29. 1685
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The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

Shepton Mallet, June 30. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Wells, July 1. 1685
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This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

Sedgemoor, July 2. 1685
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This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

Bridgwater, July 3. 1683
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Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Bridgwater, July 4. 1685
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The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

Bridgwater, July 5. 1685
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This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

Castlefield, July 5. 1685
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By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

Longmoor, July 6. 1685
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This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

Sedgemoor, July 6. 1685
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The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

Ilfracombe, July 7. 1685
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With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

Tower Hill, July 15. 1685
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This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

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Exeter, July 15. 1685

Yesterday Richard Goodenough was brought hither, having been taken with other Rebels about Ilfracombe; he will be carried to London; and we doubt not but in a day or two Ferguson and Wade will be likewise taken.

[Editors Note: The papers now fall silent on the capture of the Rebels and so too does this Monmouth Rebellion timeline.]

The full on this day timeline:
Edinburgh, June 1. 1685
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News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

Edinburgh, June 6. 1685
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An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

Edinburgh, June 9. 1685
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Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Edinburgh, June 11. 1685
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News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

Whitehall, June 13. 1685
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The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

Westminster, June 16. 1685
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Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Whitehall, June 17. 1685
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News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

Edinburgh, June 18. 1685
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New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

Edinburgh, June 19. 1685
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The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

Edinburgh, June 21. 1685
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News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

Whitehall, June 21. 1865
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News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

London, June 22. 1685
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The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 23. 1685
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The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

Edinburgh, June 24. 1685
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The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

Southwark, June 25. 1685
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The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

Bristol, June 25. 1685
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The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

Edinburgh, June 26. 1685
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The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

Whitehall, June 27. 1685
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His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

Whitehall, June 28. 1685
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The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

Whitehall, June 29. 1685
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The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 30. 1685
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Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Westminster, July 1. 1685
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It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

Edinburgh, July 1. 1685
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The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

Whitehall, July 1. 1685
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The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

Paris, July 2. 1685
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Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Whitehall, July 4. 1685
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The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

Whitehall, July 8. 1685
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The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

Ringwod, July 8. 1685
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This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

London, July 8. 1685
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His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

Whitehall, July 11. 1685
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As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

Whitehall, July 12. 1685
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The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

Whitehall, July 13. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

Whitehall, July 15. 1685
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This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

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Texel, May 30. 1685
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Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

The Channel, June 9. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

Seatown, June 10. 1685
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This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

Lyme, June 11. 1685
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Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Lyme, June 12. 1685
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Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Lyme, June 13. 1685
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Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Bridport, June 14. 1685
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Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Axminster, June 15. 1685
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This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

Chard, June 16. 1685
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Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Ilminster, June 17. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

Taunton, June 18. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Taunton, June 19. 1685
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Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Taunton, June 20. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

Bridgwater, June 21. 1685
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We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

Glastonbury, June 22. 1685
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There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

Shepton Mallet, June 23. 1685
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This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

Pensford, June 24. 1685
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This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

Keynsham, June 25. 1685
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This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

Philips Norton, June 26. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Philips Norton, June 27. 1685
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Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Frome, June 28. 1685
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This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

Frome, June 29. 1685
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The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

Shepton Mallet, June 30. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Wells, July 1. 1685
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This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

Sedgemoor, July 2. 1685
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This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

Bridgwater, July 3. 1683
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Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Bridgwater, July 4. 1685
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The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

Bridgwater, July 5. 1685
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This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

Castlefield, July 5. 1685
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By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

Longmoor, July 6. 1685
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This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

Sedgemoor, July 6. 1685
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The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

Ilfracombe, July 7. 1685
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With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

Tower Hill, July 15. 1685
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This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

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Tower Hill, July 15. 1685

An Eyewitness Account of the Execution of his Majesty James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill, July 15. 1685

St Martins in the Fields, October 1686

My dear Uncle,

In your last you asked for my account of what I witnessed on July 15, ’85. That day was so shocking that it remains fresh in my mind even today. So much so, that when remembering those saddening events on Tower Hill my heart fills with darkness and my eyes swell with tears. For that day, was the last that my brother James stood before the world, then taken from us.

My husband and I, had travelled early by the river to Tower Hill, which was exceedingly crowded, so that we found ourselves someway back from the scaffold erected for his killing.  James was brought hither from the Tower in the Governors coach to the scaffold at around 10 of the clock and was guarded all around by thick ranks Redcoats all armed with Pike and Musket.  The commoners were so keen to see his Majesty for the last time, that the coach passed slowly through the vast mass of people. Any that garnered bad feelings towards him or swore, found themselves quickly put down by those that supported his cause. Then his Majesty did with solemn grace and dignity remove himself from the coach, although he was clearly shaken, whilst walking toward the scaffold, he saluted the soldiers with a smile, then he mounted the steps with a firm tread.

Now his Majesty looked out towards me, for I’m sure he acknowledged me with a small nod of his head. I can’t be sure as if this was for my pleasure, as the crowd was so large with every point taken by apprentices and all other loyal Monmouth men. Therefore, if it were not for the great number of soldiers, we would have taken his Majesty into our arms and been away with him. Now the crowd fell into a sombre stillness and silence, which was only broken by the noise of our weeping, for he was still beloved by his people.

Then he spoke, a little faint but I believe these are his words, ‘I shall say little,’ he began. ‘I come here, not to speak, but to die. I die a Protestant of the Church of England.’ Upon which the crowd shifted and our weeping grow louder, now the Bishops interjected, and said some words to his Majesty, to which he then spoke of his love for his Lady Henrietta. But once again this bishop interrupted and spoke softly, which the crowd could not hear, but upon us becoming restless, his Majesty spoke out ‘I do own that. I am sorry that it ever happened.’ It was now that the great body called out; ‘No!’, or ‘One King!’, or ‘for Liberty!’. With which the soldiers and officials began to look for the culprits, but those around the scaffold closed ranks and pushed toward his Majesty.

Then his Majesty did kneel in prayer, and ‘Sir,’ said one of the Bishops, ‘do you not pray for the King with us?’.

Upon which his Majesty, paused for some time, and after an internal struggle, exclaimed ‘Amen!’.

Then they implored him to speak to the crowd and soldiers, with some word of obedience to the Catholic Duke, but none were spoken by his Majesty, who exclaimed ‘I will make no speeches’, and turning away, called his servant, and put into the man’s hand a toothpick case, the last token of ill-starred love. ‘Give it,’ he said, ‘to that person.’.

Next his Majesty turned to Mr Ketch, and said so all could hear, ‘Here are six guineas for you.’, then feeling the edge of the Axe, he continued, ‘Do not hack me as you did my Lord Russell. I have heard that you struck him three or four times. My servant will give you some more gold if you do the work well.’

With which Ketch said to the crowd, ‘my lord this Axe is sharp enough, and heavy enough.’

Then taking off his coat, his Majesty, lay down, placing his head upon the block. Then the Axe struck a hard blow, yet with a gasp from the crowd, his Majesty arose a little and looked scornfully at Mr Ketch, before putting his neck once more on the block. The axe then fell, again, and again. Still his Majesties body still lived. Now great yells of rage and horror rose from us, and then the wretched Ketch flung down his axe with a curse exclaiming ‘I cannot do it, for my heart fails me.’

Now the sheriff called out, ‘Take up the axe, man!’

All the time the angry mob called out, ‘Fling him over the rails, we will save him’

Shamefully, his Majesty, was still live upon that scaffold, for his body still twitched and his Royal blood was flowing out onto the boards. Finally, Ketch picked up the Axe once more, then twice, then thrice it came down. Still his Majesties head remain at one with his body. So, the crowd turned viciously on the soldiers and pushed closer toward the body. With the blood flowing from his martyred body, the despicable Ketch, was finally given a knife by the sheriff. It was with this, that he finally cut the head free from its immortal being. The mob now called out ‘One King, King Monmouth, kill his butcher!’ and the crowd surged towards his Majesties corpse. Now the soldiers had to push their way through the angry crowd, and all-a-while the common men pushed, punched, or spat at the Ketch, so that he never received his bounty. At the end, I had the honour to dip my neckerchief into my brothers blood, as he is a martyr to our lost Liberties and the Protestant Religion, more so than our grandfather. Finally, his Majesties body and severed head were lain together in a coffin covered with black velvet and then buried under the communion table of St. Peter’s Chapel in the Tower.

This is how my brother was handed into the embrace of the Lord of Hosts. This my true account of that bloody day in London.

Your loving niece for the cause of liberty and justice,

Mrs Fanshawe

Texel, May 30. 1685
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Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

The Channel, June 9. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

Seatown, June 10. 1685
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This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

Lyme, June 11. 1685
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Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Lyme, June 12. 1685
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Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Lyme, June 13. 1685
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Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Bridport, June 14. 1685
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Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Axminster, June 15. 1685
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This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

Chard, June 16. 1685
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Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Ilminster, June 17. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

Taunton, June 18. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Taunton, June 19. 1685
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Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Taunton, June 20. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

Bridgwater, June 21. 1685
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We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

Glastonbury, June 22. 1685
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There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

Shepton Mallet, June 23. 1685
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This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

Pensford, June 24. 1685
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This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

Keynsham, June 25. 1685
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This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

Philips Norton, June 26. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Philips Norton, June 27. 1685
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Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Frome, June 28. 1685
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This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

Frome, June 29. 1685
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The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

Shepton Mallet, June 30. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Wells, July 1. 1685
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This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

Sedgemoor, July 2. 1685
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This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

Bridgwater, July 3. 1683
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Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Bridgwater, July 4. 1685
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The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

Bridgwater, July 5. 1685
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This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

Castlefield, July 5. 1685
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By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

Longmoor, July 6. 1685
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This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

Sedgemoor, July 6. 1685
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The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

Ilfracombe, July 7. 1685
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With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

Tower Hill, July 15. 1685
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This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

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Whitehall, July 15. 1685

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

Click here to read an Eyewitness Account of the Bloody Execution. 

Edinburgh, June 1. 1685
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News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

Edinburgh, June 6. 1685
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An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

Edinburgh, June 9. 1685
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Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Edinburgh, June 11. 1685
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News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

Whitehall, June 13. 1685
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The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

Westminster, June 16. 1685
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Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Whitehall, June 17. 1685
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News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

Edinburgh, June 18. 1685
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New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

Edinburgh, June 19. 1685
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The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

Edinburgh, June 21. 1685
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News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

Whitehall, June 21. 1865
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News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

London, June 22. 1685
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The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 23. 1685
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The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

Edinburgh, June 24. 1685
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The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

Southwark, June 25. 1685
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The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

Bristol, June 25. 1685
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The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

Edinburgh, June 26. 1685
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The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

Whitehall, June 27. 1685
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His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

Whitehall, June 28. 1685
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The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

Whitehall, June 29. 1685
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The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 30. 1685
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Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Westminster, July 1. 1685
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It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

Edinburgh, July 1. 1685
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The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

Whitehall, July 1. 1685
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The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

Paris, July 2. 1685
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Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Whitehall, July 4. 1685
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The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

Whitehall, July 8. 1685
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The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

Ringwod, July 8. 1685
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This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

London, July 8. 1685
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His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

Whitehall, July 11. 1685
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As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

Whitehall, July 12. 1685
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The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

Whitehall, July 13. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

Whitehall, July 15. 1685
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This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

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Whitehall, July 13. 1685

This afternoon the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey, with the German, were brought hither by Water from Foxhall. At about eight in the evening they were carried to the Tower in the Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

Edinburgh, June 1. 1685
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News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

Edinburgh, June 6. 1685
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An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

Edinburgh, June 9. 1685
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Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Edinburgh, June 11. 1685
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News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

News of Argyll's move to engage with the Kings force reaches London

Whitehall, June 13. 1685
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The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

The King gets the news, that Monmouth has landed at Lyme.

Westminster, June 16. 1685
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Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Today the Act of Attainder against James, Duke of Monmouth for High Treason gets royal assent.

Whitehall, June 17. 1685
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News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

News reaches London of the Bridport fight, at which the Rebels are defeated.

Edinburgh, June 18. 1685
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New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

New reaches London of the capture of the Rebel ships, yet the Scotch Rebels still move towards Glasgow

Edinburgh, June 19. 1685
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The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

The Kings forces have forced the Rebels to cross the Clyde in some disorder and we expect word of Argyll's capture daily.

Edinburgh, June 21. 1685
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News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

News of the capture of the Rebel Earl of Argyll reaches London

Whitehall, June 21. 1865
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News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

News of the fight at Ashill reaches London together with the Rebel progress

London, June 22. 1685
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The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

The gossip in the London is that the Somerset Militia have killed Earl of Albemarle and joined with the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 23. 1685
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The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

The Rebels ship are taken at Lyme and there is an encounter at Longport

Edinburgh, June 24. 1685
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The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

The Scotch Rebels continue to be made prisoner but many others where killed the day Rumbold and Ayloff where taken.

Southwark, June 25. 1685
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The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

The printer William Disnie is found guilty of treason for publishing pro-Monmouth papers.

Bristol, June 25. 1685
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The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

The Earl of Feversham learns of Monmouth strength and plans from a spy

Edinburgh, June 26. 1685
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The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

The Rebel Rumbold is hung and quartered for high Treason on this day

Whitehall, June 27. 1685
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His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

His majesty has been pleased to the reward be distributed amongst the five soldiers of the Earl of Aran’s Militia, who took Rumbold in Scotland.

Whitehall, June 28. 1685
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The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

The news in London is that there has been a fight at Keynsham and Rebels gathering at Frome are dispersed.

Whitehall, June 29. 1685
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The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

The News in London is about the Battle of Philips Norton between the King forces and those of the Rebels.

Whitehall, June 30. 1685
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Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Three Scotch Regiments arrive this morning at Gravesend, whilst three English Regiments also in the Service of the United Provinces are due to arrive soon.

Westminster, July 1. 1685
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It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

It is now High Treason to assert that the Duke of Monmouth that in anyway legitimate

Edinburgh, July 1. 1685
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The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

The News in London is that the Earl of Argyll was executed yesterday and that Sir John Cochran is now captured.

Whitehall, July 1. 1685
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The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

The News is that the Rebels retired to Shepton Mallet, whilst the Kings forces are now at Frome

Paris, July 2. 1685
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Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Louis XIV remarks that as the Duke of Monmouth has lost his vessels and has no city to retire to, he will soon meet with the same fate as the Earl of Argyll

Whitehall, July 4. 1685
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The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

The Rebels sack and pillage Wells and are now in Bridgwater and 3 Scotch Regiments have marched from London.

Whitehall, July 8. 1685
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The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

Ringwod, July 8. 1685
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This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

This very morning the King received an account that the Lord Grey was taken yesterday in at Ringwood being secured by my Lord Lumley.

London, July 8. 1685
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His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

His Majesty has just now received an account that the Duke of Monmouth was taken in Dorestshire, and is in the hands of my Lord Lumley.

Whitehall, July 11. 1685
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As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

As the Rebels are completely broken, dispersed or taken, the Kings forces go into quarters and Militia dismissed. The Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey will be this night at Farnham

Whitehall, July 12. 1685
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The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

The King proclaims that all subjects MUST attend services of solemn thanksgiving on the 26 July 1685 to celebrate His Victory over the Rebels.

Whitehall, July 13. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

This evening the Duke of Monmouth and Lord Grey were carried to the Tower in Kings Barges, guarded by several other Barges with Soldiers.

Whitehall, July 15. 1685
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This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

This day the late Duke of Monmouth being attainted of High Treason by Act of Parliament, was Beheaded on a Scaffold for that purpose erected on Tower Hill.

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Whitehall, July 12. 1685

His Majesty has been pleased to cause His Royal Proclamation to be Published for a Solemn and Public Thanksgiving throughout the Kingdom for His Majesties late Victories over the Rebels.

Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God in the beginning of Our Reign to manifest His great Goodness towards Us and Our Kingdom, in giving Us so absolute and single Victories over the Late Rebels, who in contempt of the Laws of God and these Kingdoms rose up against Us in open Rebellion, threatening the subversion of the Peace and Tranquillity of Our Kingdoms; whereby it hath pleased Him in His infinite Marcy not only to restore to us and our Kingdoms a perfect Peace, by an utter Dissipation of all those Rebels, but likewise to deliver into Our hands the chief heads of that Horrid Traitorous Conspiracy in order to their condign punishment, that thereby nothing might remain to interrupt Our peaceable Government for the future. Upon the due consideration whereof, we do with all Humility Admire and Adore the late Mercy and Goodness of God in giving Victory to our Arms and delivering Us and Our Kingdoms from the Miseries and Calamities that might, and constantly do ensue an Intestine and Unnatural Rebellion. And considering that such signal and public mercies are invitations from Heaven to us and all our subjects to render the most public and cheerful Expressions of thankfulness to the Divine Goodness. We are willing that the first tribute of praise and thanksgiving to our  great sovereign the KING of Heaven and Earth, be solemnly returned by Us and all our people for this His late Mercy. And to the end some solemn time may be appointed for the public  performance of this Duty, that all Our Subjects in England and Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweet, who equally share in the blessing and joys of this Deliverance, may be united in the Devotions which are offered for it; We do hereby publish and declare that Sunday the Twenty Sixth Day of this instant July be observed as a Day of Public Thanksgiving to Almighty God throughout Our Kingdom of England, dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed, for this His great Mercy. And we do direct and appoint that this our proclamation be publicly read in all Churches and Chapels on Sunday precedent thereto, to the end that notice be taken thereof, and due Thanks and Praise may upon the said Twenty Sixth Day of July be offered up unto Almighty God by Us and all Our People with one Heart; And that humble supplications be made before Him for His continual assistance and improvement of this and all His Mercies, to the Honour of His great Name, and the Safety, Peace and benefit of all our Kingdoms and Dominions: We willing and strictly commanding all person within these Our Dominions with all sobriety, Reverence and Thankfulness to perform this Duty on that day, and to observe the same as becomes so solemn an occasion.

Given at Our Court at Whitehall the 11th day of July 1685. In the first year of our Reign.

Edinburgh, June 1. 1685
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News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

News of the Earl of Argyle and his march from movements from Campbeltown with now over 2500 supporters.

Edinburgh, June 6. 1685
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An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

An account of the skirmishes at Glendarroch and Greenock between the forces of King and the rebels.

Edinburgh, June 9. 1685
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Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Earl of Argyll withdraws to Loch Fyne, whilst Scotch troops leave Holland.

Edinburgh, June 11. 1685
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