Texel, May 30. 1685

We left the United Provence’s, with some relief, for the Prince of Orange was threatening to impound our small fleet before we sailed for England.  My Duke of Monmouth was accompanied by Nathaniel Wade, Sir Thomas Dare, Lord Grey and seventy-nine other souls including some mercenaries from the Army of Brandenburg.  On-board we carry a cargo of over one thousand muskets, five hundred pikes, cuirassiers plus four field artillery pieces which will give our army of life and liberty its real teeth. We have foot colours and drums for four regiments. Whilst, Argyll has supplied us with three hundred Redcoats faced Purple that he had purchase for his own Scottish exposition.   In case the invasion flotilla encounters the English fleet, it we have hired a fifth-rate ‘Dutch’ frigate, called the ‘Heldevenberg’ and she has become our flagship together with our two sloops carrying the arms.

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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Edinburgh, June 1. 1685

The Earl of Argyll, did on the 26th of last month, march from Campbeltown in Kintyre with two troops of horse and 700 foot to Tarbert, and was met here by 300 of his supporters, whilst 200 more are expected daily. Here they are all to muster on the 28th May. Whilst his three ships came from Campbeltown on Tuesday and the next day went into Tarbert. The greatest is carrying 30 guns, the other 12 and the third six. He has another smaller vessel with him which was taken along the coast with corn. On the 29th he left from Tarbert and came into the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Where he took a night’s provision for himself and his men.

On the 30th he sailed round the Island with his three ships and 20 smaller boats and came again to Rothesay and fired seven guns at his landing. We are informed, that he has in all 2500 men. From here he endeavours to persuade and encourage the people to rise with him, by assuring them that there are already great risings in England, as you will see by a letter written and signed by himself;

Campbeltown, May 22. 1685

It has pleased God to bring me safe to this place, where several of both Nations do appear with me for defence of the Protestant Religion, our lives and liberties, against Popery and Arbitrary Government. Where of the particulars are in two Declarations emitted by those Noblemen, Gentlemen and others, and by me for myself. I beseech you not to neglect your duty to God and nor country. For as the Duke of York is a Papist, cannot be a Righteous King. Then to know that all England is in Arms and that the Duke of Monmouth appears at the same time upon the same grounds we do, few places in Scotland will soon will join us. Now I beseech you make no delay to separate from those than abuse you and are carrying on a Popish design. And come with all the men of your command to enlist in the cause of Religion where you shall be most welcome,

ARGYLL

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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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