Glorious Revolution | Wikipedia audio article

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The Glorious Revolution, also called the Revolution
of 1688, was the overthrow of King James II of England (James VII of Scotland) by a union
of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch stadtholder William III, Prince of Orange,
who was James’s nephew and son-in-law. William’s successful invasion of England with a Dutch
fleet and army led to his ascension to the throne as William III of England jointly with
his wife, Mary II, James’s daughter, after the Declaration of Right, leading to the Bill
of Rights 1689. King James’s policies of religious tolerance
after 1685 met with increasing opposition from members of leading political circles,
who were troubled by the King’s Catholicism and his close ties with France. The crisis
facing the King came to a head in 1688, with the birth of his son, James, on 10 June (Julian
calendar). This changed the existing line of succession by displacing the heir presumptive
(his 26-year-old daughter Mary, a Protestant and the wife of William of Orange) with young
James as heir apparent. The establishment of a Roman Catholic dynasty in the kingdoms
now seemed likely. Some Tory members of parliament worked with members of the opposition Whigs
in an attempt to resolve the crisis by secretly initiating dialogue with William of Orange
to come to England, outside the jurisdiction of the English Parliament. Stadtholder William,
the de facto head of state of the Dutch United Provinces, feared a Catholic Anglo–French
alliance and had already been planning a military intervention in England.
After consolidating political and financial support, William crossed the North Sea and
English Channel with a large invasion fleet in November 1688, landing at Torbay. After
only two minor clashes between the two opposing armies in England, and anti-Catholic riots
in several towns, James’s regime collapsed, largely because of a lack of resolve shown
by the king. This was followed, however, by the protracted Williamite War in Ireland and
Dundee’s rising in Scotland. In England’s distant American colonies, the revolution
led to the collapse of the Dominion of New England and the overthrow of the Province
of Maryland’s government. Following a defeat of his forces at the Battle of Reading on
9 December, James and his wife Mary fled England; James, however, returned to London for a two-week
period that culminated in his final departure for France on 23 December. By threatening
to withdraw his troops, William in February 1689 (New Style Julian calendar) convinced
a newly chosen Convention Parliament to make him and his wife joint monarchs.
The Revolution permanently ended any chance of Catholicism becoming re-established in
England. For British Catholics its effects were disastrous both socially and politically:
For over a century Catholics were denied the right to vote and sit in the Westminster Parliament;
they were also denied commissions in the army, and the monarch was forbidden to be Catholic
or to marry a Catholic, this latter prohibition remaining in force until 2015. The Revolution
led to limited tolerance for Nonconformist Protestants, although it would be some time
before they had full political rights. It has been argued, mainly by Whig historians,
that James’s overthrow began modern English parliamentary democracy: the Bill of Rights
1689 has become one of the most important documents in the political history of Britain
and never since has the monarch held absolute power.
Internationally, the Revolution was related to the War of the Grand Alliance on mainland
Europe. It has been seen as the last successful invasion of England. It ended all attempts
by England in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century to subdue the Dutch Republic
by military force. The resulting economic integration and military co-operation between
the English and Dutch navies, however, shifted the dominance in world trade from the Dutch
Republic to England and later to Great Britain. The expression “Glorious Revolution” was first
used by John Hampden in late 1689, and is an expression that is still used by the British
Parliament. The Glorious Revolution is also occasionally termed the Bloodless Revolution,
albeit inaccurately. The English Civil War (also known as the Great Rebellion) was still
within living memory for most of the major English participants in the events of 1688,
and for them, in comparison to that war (or even the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685) the deaths
in the conflict of 1688 were few.==Background==During his three-year reign, King James II
became directly involved in the political battles in England between Catholicism and
Protestantism, and between the concept of the divine right of kings and the political
rights of the Parliament of England. James’s greatest political problem was his Catholicism,
which left him alienated from both parties in England. The low church Whigs had failed
in their attempt to pass the Exclusion Bill to exclude James from the throne between 1679
and 1681, and James’s supporters were the high church Anglican Tories. In Scotland,
his supporters in the Parliament of Scotland stepped up attempts to force the Covenanters
to renounce their faith and accept episcopalian rule of the church by the monarch.
When James inherited the English throne in 1685, he had much support in the ‘Loyal Parliament’,
which was composed mostly of Tories. His Catholicism was of concern to many, but the fact that
he had no son, and his daughters, Mary and Anne, were Protestants, was a “saving grace”.
James’s attempt to relax the Penal Laws alienated his natural supporters, however, because the
Tories viewed this as tantamount to disestablishment of the Church of England. Abandoning the Tories,
James looked to form a ‘King’s party’ as a counterweight to the Anglican Tories, so in
1687 James supported the policy of religious toleration and issued the Declaration of Indulgence.
The majority of Irish people backed James II for this reason and also because of his
promise to the Irish Parliament of a greater future autonomy. By allying himself with the
Catholics, Dissenters, and Nonconformists, James hoped to build a coalition that would
advance Catholic emancipation. In May 1686, James decided to obtain from
the English courts of the common law a ruling that affirmed his power to dispense with Acts
of Parliament. He dismissed judges who disagreed with him on this matter as well as the Solicitor
General Heneage Finch. Eleven out of the twelve judges ruled in favour of dispensing power.
When Henry Compton, the Bishop of London, did not ban John Sharp from preaching after
he gave an anti-Catholic sermon, James ordered his removal.In April 1687, James ordered the
fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford to elect a Catholic, Anthony Farmer, as their president.
The fellows believed Farmer ineligible under the college’s statutes and so elected John
Hough instead. The college statutes required them to fill the vacancy within a certain
time and so could not wait for a further royal nomination. James refused to view Hough’s
election as valid and told the fellows to elect the Bishop of Oxford. James responded
by sending some ecclesiastical commissioners to hold a visitation and install him as president.
The fellows then agreed to the Bishop of Oxford as their president but James required that
they admit they had been in the wrong and ask for his pardon. When they refused most
of the fellows were ejected and replaced by Catholics.In 1687, James prepared to pack
Parliament with his supporters so that it would repeal the Test Act and the penal laws.
James was convinced by addresses from Dissenters that he had their support and so could dispense
with relying on Tories and Anglicans. James instituted a wholesale purge of those in offices
under the crown opposed to James’s plan. In August the lieutenancy was remodelled and
in September over one thousand members of the city livery companies were ejected. In
October James gave orders for the lords lieutenants in the provinces to provide three standard
questions to all members of the Commission of the peace: would they consent to the repeal
of the Test Act and the penal laws; would they assist candidates who would do so; and
they were requested to accept the Declaration of Indulgence. In December it was announced
that all the offices of deputy lieutenants and Justices of the Peace would be revised.
Therefore, during the first three months of 1688, hundreds of those who gave hostile replies
to the three questions asked were dismissed. More far-reaching purges were applied to the
towns: in November a regulating committee was founded to operate the purges. Corporations
were purged by agents given wide discretionary powers in an attempt to create a permanent
royal electoral machine. Finally, on 24 August 1688, James ordered writs to be issued for
a general election. James also created a large standing army and
employed Catholics in positions of power within it. To his opponents in Parliament this seemed
like a prelude to arbitrary rule, so James prorogued Parliament without gaining their
consent. At this time, the English regiments of the army were encamped at Hounslow, near
the capital. It was feared that the location was intended to overawe the City. The army
in Ireland was purged of Protestants, who were replaced with Catholics, and by 1688
James had more than 34,000 men under arms. In April 1688, James re-issued the Declaration
of Indulgence and ordered all clergymen to read it in their churches. When the Archbishop
of Canterbury, William Sancroft, and six other bishops (the Seven Bishops) wrote to James
asking him to reconsider his policies, they were arrested on charges of seditious libel,
but at trial they were acquitted to the cheers of the London crowd.
Matters came to a head in June 1688, when the King had a son, James; until then, the
throne would have passed to his Protestant daughter, Mary. The prospect of a Catholic
dynasty in the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland was now likely.==Conspiracy==
Mary had a husband, her cousin William Henry of Orange. Both were Protestants and grandchildren
of Charles I of England. Before the birth of James’s son on 10 June, William had been
third in the line of succession. There was a strong faction, however, at the English
court, headed by Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland, proposing that Mary and William,
because of their anti-Catholic position, should be replaced by some Catholic French heir.William
was also stadtholder of the main provinces of the Dutch Republic, then in the preliminary
stages of joining the War of the Grand Alliance against France, in a context of international
tensions caused by the revocation by Louis XIV of the Edict of Nantes and the disputed
succession of Cologne and the Electorate of the Palatinate. William had already acquired
the reputation of being the main champion in Europe of the Protestant cause against
Catholicism and French absolutism; in the developing English crisis he saw an opportunity
to prevent an Anglo-French alliance and bring England to the anti-French side, by carrying
out a military intervention directed against James. This suited the desires of several
English politicians who intended to depose James. It is still a matter of debate whether
the initiative for the conspiracy was taken by the English or by the stadtholder and his
wife. William had been trying to influence English politics for well over a year, letting
Grand Pensionary Gaspar Fagel publish an open letter to the English people in November 1687
deploring the religious policy of James, which action had generally been interpreted as a
covert bid for kingship. Since he had become king the relationship
between James and his nephew and son-in-law had gradually deteriorated. Initially William
welcomed the promise of a less pro-French policy. In 1685 he sent the Scottish and English
mercenary regiments of his army to England to assist in putting down the Monmouth Rebellion.
Soon James’s policy of religious tolerance caused tensions to rise between them. William
assumed it was but the first step towards a total re-Catholicisation of England and
was unable to explain how James could hope to achieve this goal unless he had concluded
a secret alliance with France. James’s refusal to enter any anti-French coalition and his
efforts to reorganise the Royal Navy increased William’s suspicions. In the previous years
the French navy had grown significantly in strength and the Dutch Republic would no longer
be able to resist a combined Anglo-French attack. William feared that even English neutrality
would not suffice and that control over the Royal Navy was a prerequisite for a successful
naval campaign against France.In November 1686 James had wished to gain William’s support
for the repeal of the Test Acts, as this would have delivered a blow to the English opposition.
The Quaker William Penn was sent to The Hague but William opposed repeal. William’s envoy
Everhard van Weede Dijkvelt visited England between February and May 1687 (N.S.), instructed
to persuade James to help contain French aggression. William also instructed Dijkvelt to let it
be known that he would support the Church of England; that he was not a Presbyterian;
to persuade the Dissenters not to support James and to reassure moderate Catholics.
After having been assured by James that all rumours about a French alliance were malevolent
fabrications, Dijkvelt returned to the Republic, with letters of varying importance from leading
English statesmen. James tried again to gain William’s support but William responded by
advising James to keep to the law and not try to extend his prerogative powers. In August
1687 Count William Nassau de Zuylestein was sent to England, ostensibly to send condolences
due to the death of the queen’s mother. Zuylestein was sent in part to see how successful, or
amenable, James’s packed Parliament would be, and have discussions with English statesmen,
with Zuylestein sending letters from them back to William.The correspondence between
William and the English politicians was, at first, sent by ordinary post to genuine addresses
in either country and then distributed. Devices were used such as ending a postscript with
“etc.”, which meant spaces were actually written in white or invisible ink. As the conspiracy
neared completion in 1688, the English government sometimes disrupted this correspondence by
holding up the whole mail delivery system. In another method to keep this clandestine
correspondence flowing, letters were sent in merchant ships between London and Amsterdam
or Rotterdam, with outward bound letters often put on board below Gravesend, after the final
customs clearance. Also, couriers for the purpose were sometimes used, and all Dutch
diplomats travelling to and from either country carried the correspondence. Shortly before
the invasion, when rapid delivery and secrecy were essential, fast yachts and small vessels
were used for special courier services. The English government intercepted very few of
these means of communication.It has been suggested that the crisis caused by the prospect of
a new Catholic heir made William decide to invade the next summer as early as November
1687, but this is disputed. It is certain however that in April 1688, when France and
England concluded a naval agreement stipulating that the French would finance an English squadron
in The Channel, which seemed to be the beginning of a formal alliance, he seriously began to
prepare for a military intervention and seek political and financial support for such an
undertaking.===William seeks English commitment to an
invasion===William laid careful plans over a number of
months for an invasion, which he hoped to execute in September 1688. William would not
invade England without assurances of English support, and so in April, he asked for a formal
invitation to be issued by a group of leading English statesmen. Gilbert Burnet recorded
a conversation at the end of April between William and Admiral Edward Russell: So Russell put the Prince to explain himself
what he intended to do. The Prince answered, that, if he was invited by some men of the
best interest, and the most valued in the nation, who should both in their own name,
and in the name of others who trusted them, invite him to come and rescue the nation and
the religion, he believed he could be ready by the end of September to come over. In May, Russell told William that the English
opposition to James would not wait any longer for help and they would rise against James
in any event. William feared that if he did not now head the conspiracy the English would
set up a republic, even more inimical to the Dutch state. In June, William sent Count Zuylestein
to England, ostensibly to congratulate James on the birth of the Prince of Wales but in
reality to communicate with William’s associates.Only after the Prince of Wales had been born in
June, however, and many suspected he was supposititious, did the Immortal Seven (who consisted of one
bishop and six nobles) decide to comply, with the letter to William dated 18 June (Julian
calendar), reaching him in The Hague on 30 June, and dispatched by Rear Admiral Herbert,
disguised as a common sailor. The Seven consisted of Lord Shrewsbury, Lord Devonshire, Lord
Danby, Lord Lumley, Henry Compton, Edward Russell, and Henry Sydney. The invitation
declared: We have great reason to believe, we shall
be every day in a worse condition than we are, and less able to defend ourselves, and
therefore we do earnestly wish we might be so happy as to find a remedy before it be
too late for us to contribute to our own deliverance … the people are so generally dissatisfied
with the present conduct of the government, in relation to their religion, liberties and
properties (all which have been greatly invaded), and they are in such expectation of their
prospects being daily worse, that your Highness may be assured, there are nineteen parts of
twenty of the people throughout the kingdom, who are desirous of a change; and who, we
believe, would willingly contribute to it, if they had such a protection to countenance
their rising, as would secure them from being destroyed. The Seven went on to claim that “much the
greatest part of the nobility and gentry” were dissatisfied and would rally to William,
and that James’s army “would be very much divided among themselves; many of the officers
being so discontented that they continue in their service only for a subsistence … and
very many of the common soldiers do daily shew such an aversion to the Popish religion,
that there is the greatest probability imaginable of great numbers of deserters … and amongst
the seamen, it is almost certain, there is not one in ten who would do them any service
in such a war”. The Seven believed that the situation would be much worse before another
year due to James’s plans to remodel the army by the means of a packed Parliament or, should
the parliamentary route fail, through violent means which would “prevent all possible means
of relieving ourselves”. The Seven also promised to rally to William upon his landing in England
and would “do all that lies in our power to prepare others to be in as much readiness
as such an action is capable of”.Meanwhile, William’s confidante Willem Bentinck launched
a propaganda campaign in England. In the numerous pamphlets distributed, William was presented
in the best possible light; as a true Stuart yet blessedly free from the usual Stuart vices
of crypto-Catholicism, absolutism, and debauchery. Much of the later “spontaneous” support for
William had been carefully organised by Bentinck and his agents.
In August, it became clear that William had surprisingly strong support within the English
army, a situation brought about by James himself. In January 1688 he had forbidden any of his
subjects to serve the Dutch and had demanded that the Republic dissolve its six mercenary
Scottish and English regiments. When this was refused, he asked that at least those
willing would be released from their martial oath to be free to return to Britain. To this
William consented as it would purify his army of Jacobite elements. In total 104 officers
and 44 soldiers returned. The officers were enlisted within the British armies and so
favoured that the established officer corps began to fear for its position. On 14 August
Lord Churchill wrote to William: “I owe it to God and my country to put my honour into
the hands of Your Highness”. Nothing comparable happened within the Royal Navy, however; claims
after the event by certain captains that they had somehow prevented the English fleet from
engaging seem to have been little more than attempts at self-aggrandisement.===
Military and financial support===For William the English problem was inextricably
intertwined with the situation in Germany. Only if the attention of Louis XIV was directed
to the east could William hope to intervene in England without French interference. For
this it was essential that Austria continued opposing the French demands regarding Cologne
and the Palatinate. In May, William sent an envoy, Johann von Görtz, privy councillor
of Hesse-Cassel, to Vienna to ensure secretly the support of the Holy Roman Emperor, Leopold
I. Learning that William promised not to persecute the Catholics in England, the emperor approved
of the expedition, promising in turn to try making peace with the Ottoman Empire to free
his forces for a campaign in the West; on 4 September 1688 he would join an alliance
with the Republic against France. The Duke of Hanover, Ernest Augustus, and the Elector
of Saxony, John George III, assured William that they would remain neutral, though it
had been feared they would take the French side. The next concern was to assemble a powerful
invasion force – contrary to the wishes of the English conspirators, who predicted
that a token force would be sufficient. For this William needed funding by the city of
Amsterdam, then the world’s main financial centre. In earlier years Amsterdam had been
strongly pro-French, often forcing William to moderate his policies, but a tariff war
waged by Louis from 1687 against the Republic and French import limitations on herring,
a major Dutch export, had outraged the wealthy merchants. Nevertheless, only after secret
and difficult negotiations by Bentinck with the hesitant Amsterdam burgomasters during
June could 260 transports be hired. Additionally, the burghers were uneasy about the prospect
of denuding their homeland of its defences by sending the field army – roughly half
of the total peace-time strength of the Dutch States Army of about 30,000 – overseas.
Bentinck, who had already been sent in May to Brandenburg to recruit, but without much
result, therefore negotiated contracts from 20 July (Gregorian calendar) for 13,616 German
mercenaries from Brandenburg, Württemberg, Hesse-Cassel, and Celle to man Dutch border
fortresses in order to free an equal number of Dutch elite mercenary troops for use against
England. As the Dutch would typically double or triple their total army strength in wartime,
the numbers were low enough to be explained as a limited precaution against French aggression.
Shortly afterwards, Marshal Frederick Schomberg was instructed by William to prepare for a
Western campaign.Further financial support was obtained from the most disparate sources:
the Jewish banker Francisco Lopes Suasso lent two million guilders; when asked what security
he desired, Suasso answered: “If you are victorious, you will surely repay me; if not, the loss
is mine.” Even Pope Innocent XI, an inveterate enemy of Louis XIV of France, provided a loan
to William, though a relation with the invasion has been denied. Total costs were seven million
guilders, four million of which would ultimately be paid for by a state loan. In the summer
the Dutch navy was expanded to 9000 sailors on the pretext of fighting the Dunkirkers.
The standard summer equipment of twenty warships was secretly doubled. On 13 July 1688 (Gregorian
calendar) it was decided to build 21 new warships.===The final decision to invade is taken
===Despite all the preparations, William had
great trouble convincing the Dutch class of city and provincial rulers, the regents, that
such an expensive expedition was really necessary. Also, he personally feared that the French
might attack the Republic through Flanders when its army was tied up in England. One
of the “Seven”, Lord Danby, suggested postponing the invasion until the following year. By
early September, William was on the brink of cancelling the entire expedition when French
policy played into his hand. In Germany, matters had come to a head. The
Pope had refused to confirm Louis’s favourite candidate for the bishopric of Cologne, William
Egon of Fürstenberg. Enraged, the French king decided to execute a lightning campaign
into Germany before the emperor could shift his troops to the West. Louis also hoped to
keep his Turkish ally in the war this way. For the immediate future James had to hold
his own, something Louis expected him to be quite capable of, especially if the Dutch
were intimidated. On 9 September (Gregorian calendar) the French envoy Jean Antoine de
Mesmes, the Comte d’Avaux, handed two letters from the French king, who had known of the
invasion plans since May, to the States General of the Netherlands. In the first they were
warned not to attack James. In the second they were advised not to interfere with the
French policy in Germany. James hurriedly distanced himself from the first message,
trying to convince the States General that there was no secret Anglo-French alliance
against them. This had precisely the opposite effect: many members became extremely suspicious.
The second message proved that the main French effort was directed to the east, not the north,
so there was no immediate danger of a French invasion for the Republic itself.
From 22 September, Louis XIV seized all Dutch ships present in French ports, totalling about
a hundred vessels, apparently proving that real war with France was imminent, though
Louis had meant it to be a mere warning. On 26 September the powerful city council of
Amsterdam decided to officially support the invasion. On 27 September Louis crossed the
Rhine into Germany to attack Philippsburg and William began to move the Dutch field
army from the eastern borders, where it had trained on the Mookerheide, to the coast,
even though most of the new mercenaries had not yet arrived.
On 29 September the States of Holland, the government of the most important Dutch province,
fearing a French-English alliance, gathered in secret session and approved the operation,
agreeing to make the English “King and Nation live in a good relation, and useful to their
friends and allies, and especially to this State”. They accepted William’s argument that
a preventive strike was necessary to avoid a repeat of the events of 1672, when England
and France had jointly attacked the Republic, “an attempt to bring this state to its ultimate
ruin and subjugation, as soon as they find the occasion”. William denied any intention
“to remove the King from the throne or become master of England”. The States ordered a Dutch
fleet of 53 warships to escort the troop transports. This fleet was in fact commanded by Lieutenant-Admiral
Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest on the Cortgene and Vice-Admiral Philips van Almonde on the
Provincie Utrecht but in consideration of English sensitivities placed, on 6 October,
under the nominal command of Rear-Admiral Herbert, who for the occasion was appointed
Lieutenant-Admiral-General, i.e. acting supreme commander, of the Dutch navy. He sailed on
the Leyden, accompanied by Lieutenant-Admiral Willem Bastiaensz Schepers, the Rotterdam
shipping magnate who had organised the transport fleet. Though William was himself Admiral-General
of the Republic, he, as was usual, abstained from operational command, sailing conspicuously
on the new frigate Den Briel. The States General allowed the core regiments of the Dutch field
army to participate under command of Marshall Schomberg. Despite being assisted in it by
the regular Dutch fleet and field army, his attempt to change the situation in England
was, as the States General made explicit, officially a private family affair of William,
merely acting in his capacity of concerned nephew and son-in-law to James, not an undertaking
of the Dutch Republic as such.==Invasion=====Embarkation of the army and the Declaration
of The Hague===The Dutch preparations, though carried out
with great speed, could not remain secret. The English envoy Ignatius White, the Marquess
d’Albeville, warned his country: “an absolute conquest is intended under the specious and
ordinary pretences of religion, liberty, property and a free Parliament …”. Louis XIV threatened
the Dutch with an immediate declaration of war, should they carry out their plans. Embarkations,
started on 22 September (Gregorian calendar), had been completed on 8 October, and the expedition
was that day openly approved by the States of Holland; the same day James issued a proclamation
to the English nation that it should prepare for a Dutch invasion to ward off conquest.
On 30 September/10 October (Julian/Gregorian calendars) William issued the Declaration
of The Hague (actually written by Fagel), of which 60,000 copies of the English translation
by Gilbert Burnet were distributed after the landing in England, in which he assured that
his only aim was to maintain the Protestant religion, install a free parliament and investigate
the legitimacy of the Prince of Wales. He would respect the position of James. William
declared: It is both certain and evident to all men,
that the public peace and happiness of any state or kingdom cannot be preserved, where
the Laws, Liberties, and Customs, established by the lawful authority in it, are openly
transgressed and annulled; more especially where the alteration of Religion is endeavoured,
and that a religion, which is contrary to law, is endeavoured to be introduced; upon
which those who are most immediately concerned in it are indispensably bound to endeavour
to preserve and maintain the established Laws, Liberties and customs, and, above all, the
Religion and Worship of God, that is established among them; and to take such an effectual
care, that the inhabitants of the said state or kingdom may neither be deprived of their
Religion, nor of their Civil Rights. William went on to condemn James’s advisers
for overturning the religion, laws, and liberties of England, Scotland, and Ireland by the use
of the suspending and dispensing power; the establishment of the “manifestly illegal”
commission for ecclesiastical causes and its use to suspend the Bishop of London and to
remove the Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford. William also condemned James’s attempt to
repeal the Test Acts and the penal laws through pressuring individuals and waging an assault
on parliamentary boroughs, as well as his purging of the judiciary. James’s attempt
to pack Parliament was in danger of removing “the last and great remedy for all those evils”.
“Therefore”, William continued, “we have thought fit to go over to England, and to carry over
with us a force sufficient, by the blessing of God, to defend us from the violence of
those evil Counsellors … this our Expedition is intended for no other design, but to have,
a free and lawful Parliament assembled as soon as is possible”.On 4/14 October William
responded to the allegations by James in a second declaration, denying any intention
to become king or conquer England. Whether he had any at that moment is still controversial.The
swiftness of the embarkations surprised all foreign observers. Louis had in fact delayed
his threats against the Dutch until early September because he assumed it then would
be too late in the season to set the expedition in motion anyway, if their reaction proved
negative; typically such an enterprise would take at least some months. Being ready after
the last week of September / first week of October would normally have meant that the
Dutch could have profited from the last spell of good weather, as the autumn storms tend
to begin in the third week of that month. This year they came early however. For three
weeks the invasion fleet was prevented by adverse south-westerly gales from departing
from the naval port of Hellevoetsluis and Catholics all over the Netherlands and the
British kingdoms held prayer sessions that this “popish wind” might endure. However,
on 14/24 October it became the famous “Protestant Wind” by turning to the east.===English naval strategy===
James only in late August seriously began to consider the possibility of a Dutch invasion
and then overestimated the size of the naval force the Dutch would bring against him. He
assumed they would equip their full battle fleet, which he himself would be unable to
match for financial reasons: in October about thirty English ships-of-the-line had been
assembled, all third rates or fourth rates, while heavier vessels remained laid up. Fearing
a surprise attack, he declined to position this fleet at The Downs, for striking into
the southern North Sea or the Channel the most convenient location, but also a very
vulnerable one. When Admiral George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth decided to place his fleet
at the Gunfleet near the Medway, in a rather withdrawn location, James therefore merely
suggested to bring the fleet farther out, though he well understood it otherwise risked
becoming locked up in the Thames estuary by the same easterly wind that would allow the
Dutch to cross. This was influenced by his belief the Dutch might well attack France
instead and his expectation that they would first seek a naval victory before daring to
invade – and that it thus would be advantageous to refuse battle. Indeed, it had originally
been the Dutch intention to defeat the English first to free the way for the transport fleet
– though they too, to lower the cost of the invasion, had not activated any heavier
ships – but because it was now so late in the season and conditions on board deteriorated
rapidly, they decided to sail in convoy and, if possible, avoid battle.===Crossing and landing===On 16/26 October William boarded his ship,
the Den Briel (Brill in English). His standard was hoisted, displaying the arms of Nassau
quartered with those of England. The words Pro Religione et Libertate (“For Liberty and
[the Protestant] Religion”), the slogan of William’s ancestor William the Silent while
leading the Dutch Revolt against Catholic Spain, were shown next to the House of Orange’s
motto, Je maintiendrai (“I will maintain”). William’s fleet, which with about 40,000 men
aboard was roughly twice the size of the Spanish Armada – and assembled in a tenth of the
time – consisted of 463 ships. Among these were 49 warships of more than twenty cannon
(eight could count as third rates of 60–68 cannon, nine were frigates), 28 galliots,
nine fireships, 76 fluyts to carry the soldiers, 120 small transports to carry five thousand
horses, about seventy supply vessels and sixty fishing vessels serving as landing craft.
Most of the warships had been provided by the Admiralty of Amsterdam. On 19/29 October
William’s fleet departed from Hellevoetsluis. The fleet was approximately halfway between
the Republic and England when the wind changed to the northwest and a gale scattered the
fleet, with the Brill returning to Hellevoetsluis on 21/31 October. Despite suffering from sea-sickness
William refused to go ashore and the fleet reassembled, having lost only one ship that
grounded, though about a thousand crippled horses had been thrown into the sea. Press
reports were released that deliberately exaggerated the damage and claimed the expedition would
be postponed till the spring. English naval command now considered to try blockading Hellevoetsluis
but decided against it because it was feared that the English fleet would founder on the
Dutch coast, a dangerous lee shore for a blocking force, by the stormy weather.Taking advantage
of a wind again turned to the east, resupplied and re-equipped with new horses, the invasion
fleet departed again on 1/11 November and sailed north in the direction of Harwich where
Bentinck had a landing site prepared. The fleet changed course to the south however
when the wind turned more to the north; it has been suggested that the initial move to
the north was a feint and indeed James diverted some of his forces in that direction. Thus
they passed twice in sight of the English fleet, which was unable to intercept because
of the adverse wind and an unfavourable tide. On 3/13 November the invasion fleet entered
the English Channel through the Strait of Dover in an enormous square formation, 25
ships deep, the right and left of the fleet saluting Dover and Calais simultaneously,
to show off its size. The troops were lined up on deck, firing musket volleys, with full
colours flying and the military bands playing. Rapin de Thoyras, who was on board one of
the ships, described it as the most magnificent and affecting spectacle that was ever seen
by human eyes. William intended to land at Torbay but due to fog the fleet sailed past
it by mistake. The wind made a return impossible and Plymouth was unsuitable as it had a garrison.
At this point, with the English fleet in pursuit, Russell told Burnet: “You may go to prayers,
Doctor. All is over”. At that moment however the wind changed and the fog lifted, enabling
the fleet to sail into Torbay, near Brixham, Devon. William came ashore on 5/15 November.
When Burnet was ashore he hastened to William and eagerly enquired what William now intended
to do. William regarded the interference in military matters by non-military personnel
with disgust but he was in good humour at this moment and responded with a delicate
reproof: “Well, Doctor, what do you think of predestination now?” The English squadron
under Lord Dartmouth was forced by the same change in wind to shelter in Portsmouth harbour.
During the next two days William’s army disembarked in calm weather.William brought over 11,212
horse and foot. William’s cavalry and dragoons amounted to 3,660. His artillery train contained
21 24-pounder cannon. Including the supply train, his force consisted of about 15,000
men, compared to James’s total forces of about 30,000. He also brought 20,000 stand of arms
to equip his English supporters. The Dutch army was composed mostly of foreign mercenaries;
there were Dutch, Scots, English, German, Swiss, and Swedish regiments, even Laplanders
as well as “200 Blacks brought from the Plantations of the Netherlands in America”, thus from
the colony of Surinam. Many of the mercenaries were Catholic. William had his personal guard
regiment with him, the Dutch Blue Guards. In response to the threat James had raised
five new regiments of foot and five of horse, as well as bringing in Scottish and Irish
soldiers. Louis XIV also sent James 300,000 livres.The French fleet remained at the time
concentrated in the Mediterranean, to assist a possible attack on the Papal State. Louis
delayed his declaration of war until 16/26 November hoping at first that their involvement
in a protracted English civil war would keep the Dutch from interfering with his German
campaign. The same day a second attempt by Legge to attack the landing site again failed
by an adverse southwestern gale. The Dutch call their fleet action the Glorieuze Overtocht,
the “Glorious Crossing”.===William consolidates his position===
William considered his veteran army to be sufficient in size to defeat any forces (all
rather inexperienced) that James could throw against him, but it had been decided to avoid
the hazards of battle and maintain a defensive attitude in the hope James’s position might
collapse by itself. Thus he landed far away from James’s army, expecting that his English
allies would take the initiative in acting against James while he ensured his own protection
against potential attacks. William was prepared to wait; he had paid his troops in advance
for a three-month campaign. A slow advance, apart from being necessitated by heavy rainfall
anyway, had the added benefit of not over-extending the supply lines; the Dutch troops were under
strict orders not even to forage, for fear that this would degenerate into plundering,
which would alienate the population. On 9 November (Julian calendar) William took
Exeter after the magistrates had fled the city, entering on a white palfrey, with the
two hundred black men forming a guard of honour, dressed in white, with turbans and feathers.
In the South support from the local gentry was disappointingly limited, but from 12 November,
in the North, many nobles began to declare for William, as they had promised, often by
a public reading of the Declaration. In Yorkshire, printer John White started to print the same
document for a more widespread distribution. However, in the first weeks most people carefully
avoided taking sides; as a whole the nation neither rallied behind its king, nor welcomed
William, but passively awaited the outcome of events. In general, the mood was one of
confusion, mutual distrust and depression.==The collapse of James’s rule==
James refused a French offer to send an expeditionary force, fearing that it would cost him domestic
support. He tried to bring the Tories to his side by making concessions but failed because
he still refused to endorse the Test Act. His forward forces had gathered at Salisbury,
and James went to join them on 19 November with his main force, having a total strength
of about 19,000. Amid anti-Catholic rioting in London, it rapidly became apparent that
the troops were not eager to fight, and the loyalty of many of James’ commanders was doubtful;
he had been informed of the conspiracy within the army as early as September, but for unknown
reasons had refused to arrest the officers involved. Some have argued, however, that
if James had been more resolute, the army would have fought and fought well.The first
blood was shed at about this time in a skirmish at Wincanton, Somerset, where Royalist troops
under Patrick Sarsfield retreated after defeating a small party of scouts; the total body count
on both sides came to about fifteen. In Salisbury, after hearing that some officers had deserted,
among them Lord Cornbury, a worried James was overcome by a serious nose-bleed that
he interpreted as an evil omen indicating that he should order his army to retreat,
which the supreme army commander, the Earl of Feversham, also advised on 23 November.
The next day, Lord Churchill, one of James’ chief commanders, deserted to William. On
26 November, James’s younger daughter, Anne, who doubted the authenticity of her new brother,
and who was greatly influenced by Churchill’s wife Sarah Churchill, did the same. Both were
serious losses. James returned to London that same day. On 27 November he met with all the
Lords Spiritual and Temporal who were then in London.Meanwhile, on 18 November Plymouth
had surrendered to William, and on 21 November he began to advance. By 24 November, William’s
forces were at Sherborne and on 1 December at Hindon. On 4 December he was at Amesbury,
and was received by the mayor of Salisbury; three days later they had reached Hungerford,
where the following day they met with the King’s Commissioners to negotiate. James offered
free elections and a general amnesty for the rebels. In reality, by that point James was
simply playing for time, having already decided to flee the country. He feared that his English
enemies would insist on his execution and that William would give in to their demands.
Convinced that his army was unreliable, he sent orders to disband it. On 9 December,
the two sides fought a second engagement with the Battle of Reading, a defeat for the King’s
men. In December, there was anti-Catholic rioting
in Bristol, Bury St. Edmunds, Hereford, York, Cambridge, and Shropshire. On 9 December a
Protestant mob stormed Dover Castle, where the Catholic Sir Edward Hales was governor,
and seized it. On 8 December William met at last with James’s representatives; he agreed
to James’s proposals but also demanded that all Catholics be immediately dismissed from
state functions and that England pay for the Dutch military expenses. He received no reply,
however.===Departure of King and Queen===
In the night of 9/10 December, the Queen and the Prince of Wales fled for France. The next
day saw James’s attempt to escape, the King dropping the Great Seal in the Thames along
the way, as no lawful Parliament could be summoned without it. However, he was captured
on 11 December by fishermen in Faversham opposite Sheerness, the town on the Isle of Sheppey.
On the same day, 27 Lords Spiritual and Temporal, forming a provisional government, decided
to ask William to restore order but at the same time asked the king to return to London
to reach an agreement with his son-in-law. It was presided over initially by William
Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury and, after it was learned that James was still in England,
by George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax. On the night of 11 December there were riots
and lootings of the houses of Catholics and several foreign embassies of Catholic countries
in London. The following night a mass panic gripped London during what was later termed
the Irish night. False rumours of an impending Irish army attack on London circulated in
the capital, and a mob of over 100,000 assembled ready to defend the city.
Upon returning to London on 16 December, James was welcomed by cheering crowds. He took heart
at this and attempted to recommence government, even presiding over a meeting of the Privy
Council. He sent the Earl of Feversham to William to arrange for a personal meeting
to continue negotiations. Now it became evident that William had no longer any desire to keep
James in power in England. He was extremely dismayed by the arrival of Lord Feversham.
He refused the suggestion that he simply arrest James because this would violate his own declarations
and burden his relationship with his wife. In the end it was decided that he should exploit
James’s fears; the three original commissioners were sent back to James with the message that
William felt he could no longer guarantee the king’s well-being and that James for his
own safety had better leave London for Ham. William at the same time ordered all English
troops to depart from the capital, while his forces entered on 17 December; no local forces
were allowed within a twenty-mile radius until the spring of 1690. Already the English navy
had declared for William. James, by his own choice, went under Dutch protective guard
to Rochester in Kent on 18 December, just as William entered London, cheered by crowds
dressed in orange ribbons or waving, lavishly distributed, oranges. The Dutch officers had
been ordered that “if he [James] wanted to leave, they should not prevent him, but allow
him to gently slip through”. James then left for France on 23 December after having received
a request from his wife to join her, even though his followers urged him to stay. The
lax guard on James and the decision to allow him so near the coast indicate that William
may have hoped that a successful flight would avoid the difficulty of deciding what to do
with him, especially with the memory of the execution of Charles I still strong. By fleeing,
James ultimately helped resolve the awkward question of whether he was still the legal
king or not, having created according to many a situation of interregnum.==William and Mary made joint monarchs==On 28 December, William took over the provisional
government by appointment of the peers of the realm, as was the legal right of the latter
in circumstances when the king was incapacitated, and, on the advice of his Whig allies, summoned
an assembly of all the surviving members of parliament of Charles II’s reign, thus sidelining
the Tories of the Loyal Parliament of 1685. This assembly called for a chosen English
Convention Parliament, elected on 5 January 1689 NS, which convened on 22 January. William
did not intervene in the election that followed. This elected body consisted of 513 members,
341 of whom had been elected before, 238 having been members of at least one Exclusion Bill
Parliament, but only 193 having been elected in 1685. The name “Convention” was chosen
because only the king could call a Parliament, although as William had been appointed de
facto regent by the peers the Convention could be argued to be, strictly speaking, a lawful
Parliament. Although James had fled the country, he still
had many followers, and William feared that the king might return, relegating William
to the role of a mere regent, an outcome which was unacceptable to him. On 30 December, William,
speaking to the Marquess of Halifax, threatened to leave England “if King James came again”
and determined to go back to the Netherlands “if they went about to make him Regent”.The
English Convention Parliament was very divided on the issue. The radical Whigs in the Lower
House proposed to elect William as a king (meaning that his power would be derived from
the people); the moderates wanted an acclamation of William and Mary together; the Tories wanted
to make him regent or only acclaim Mary as queen. On 28 January a committee of the whole
House of Commons promptly decided by acclamation that James had broken “the original contract”;
had “abdicated the government”; and had left the throne “vacant”. The House of Lords wished
to amend this, however, as many were still loyal to James and believed in the Anglican
doctrine of non-resistance. The Lords rejected the proposal for a regency in James’s name
by 51 to 48 on 2 February. The Lords also substituted the word “abdicated” for “deserted”
and removed the “vacancy” clause. The Lords voted against proclaiming William and Mary
monarchs by 52 to 47. On 4 February the Lords reaffirmed their amendments to the Commons’s
resolution by 55 to 51 and 54 to 53. On 5 February the Commons voted 282 to 151 for
maintaining the original wording of the resolution. The next day, the two Houses entered into
a conference but failed to resolve the matter. William in private conversation (with Halifax,
Danby, Shrewsbury, Lord Winchester and Lord Mordaunt) made it clear that they could either
accept him as king or deal with the Whigs without his military presence, for then he
would leave for the Republic. But he let it be known that he was happy for Mary to be
nominal monarch and preference in the succession given to Anne’s children over his by a subsequent
marriage. Anne declared that she would temporarily waive her right to the crown should Mary die
before William, and Mary refused to be made queen without William as king. The Lords on
6 February now accepted the words “abdication” and “vacancy” and Lord Winchester’s motion
to appoint William and Mary monarchs. Generally there was a great fear that the situation
might deteriorate into a civil war.===The Bill of Rights===The proposal to draw up a statement of rights
and liberties and James’s invasion of them was first made on 29 January in the Commons,
with members arguing that the House “can not answer it to the nation or Prince of Orange
till we declare what are the rights invaded” and that William “cannot take it ill if we
make conditions to secure ourselves for the future” to “do justice to those who sent us
hither”. On 2 February a committee specially convened reported to the Commons 23 Heads
of Grievances, which the Commons approved and added some of their own. However, on 4
February the Commons decided to instruct the committee to differentiate between “such of
the general heads, as are introductory of new laws, from those that are declaratory
of ancient rights”. On 7 February the Commons approved this revised Declaration of Right,
and on 8 February instructed the committee to put into a single text the Declaration
(with the heads which were “introductory of new laws” removed), the resolution of 28 January
and the Lords’ proposal for a revised oath of allegiance. It passed the Commons without
division.The Declaration of Right was in December 1689 enacted in an Act of Parliament, the
Bill of Rights 1689. It listed twelve of James’s policies by which James designed to “endeavour
to subvert and extirpate the protestant religion, and the laws and liberties of this kingdom”.
These were: by assuming and exercising a power of dispensing
with and suspending of laws; by prosecuting the Seven Bishops;
by establishing of the court of commissioners for ecclesiastical causes;
by levying money for the crown by pretence of prerogative than the same was granted by
Parliament; by raising and maintaining a standing army
in peacetime without the consent of Parliament; by disarming Protestants and arming Catholics
contrary to law; by violating the election of members to serve
in Parliament; by prosecuting in the King’s Bench for matters
cognisable only in Parliament and “divers other arbitrary and illegal courses”;
by employing unqualified persons to serve on juries;
by requiring an excessive bail for persons committed in criminal cases;
by imposing excessive fines and “illegal and cruel punishments inflicted”;
by making “several grants and promises made of fines and forfeitures before any conviction
or judgment against the person, upon whom the same were to be levied”.The Bill of Rights
also vindicated and asserted the nation’s “ancient rights and liberties” by declaring: the pretended power to dispense with or suspend
Acts of Parliament is illegal; the commission for ecclesiastical causes is
illegal; levying money without the consent of Parliament
is illegal; it is the right of the subject to petition
the king and prosecutions for petitioning are illegal;
maintaining a standing army in peacetime without the consent of Parliament is illegal;
Protestant subjects “may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions, and
allowed by law”; the election of members of Parliament ought
to be free; that freedom of speech and debates in Parliament
“ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament”;
excessive bail and fines not required and “cruel and unusual punishments” not to be
inflicted; jurors in high treason trials ought to be
freeholders; that promises of fines and forfeitures before
conviction are illegal; that Parliament ought to be held frequently.On
13 February the clerk of the House of Lords read the Declaration of Right, and Halifax,
in the name of all the estates of the realm, asked William and Mary to accept the throne.
William replied for his wife and himself: “We thankfully accept what you have offered
us”. They then went in procession to the great gate at Whitehall. The Garter King at Arms
proclaimed them King and Queen of England, France and Ireland, whereupon they adjourned
to the Chapel Royal, with Compton preaching the sermon. They were crowned on 11 April,
swearing an oath to uphold the laws made by Parliament. The Coronation Oath Act 1688 had
provided a new coronation oath, whereby the monarchs were to “solemnly promise and swear
to govern the people of this kingdom of England, and the dominions thereunto belonging, according
to the statutes in parliament agreed on, and the laws and customs of the same”. They were
also to maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the Gospel, and the Protestant
Reformed faith established by law.===The other kingdoms===Although their succession to the English throne
was relatively peaceful, much blood would be shed before William’s authority was accepted
in Ireland and Scotland. In Scotland there had been no serious support for the rebellion;
but, when James fled for France, most members of the Scottish Privy Council went to London
to offer their services to William. On 7 January they asked William to take over the responsibilities
of government. On 14 March a Scottish Convention convened in Edinburgh, dominated by the Presbyterians
because the Episcopalians continued to support James. There was nevertheless a Jacobite faction,
but a letter by James received on 16 March, in which he threatened to punish all who rebelled
against him, resulted in his followers leaving the Convention, which then on 4 April decided
that the throne of Scotland was vacant. The Convention formulated the Claim of Right and
the Articles of Grievances. On 11 May William and Mary accepted the Crown of Scotland; after
their acceptance, the Claim and the Articles were read aloud, leading to an immediate debate
over whether or not an endorsement of these documents was implicit in that acceptance.
In Ireland there was no equivalent of the English or Scottish Convention and William
had to conquer Ireland by force. The English Convention presumed to legislate for Ireland
as well, and the Declaration of Right deemed William to be King of Ireland as well as of
England.==Jacobite uprisings==James had cultivated support on the fringes
of his Three Kingdoms – in Catholic Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. Supporters
of James, known as Jacobites, were prepared to resist what they saw as an illegal coup
by force of arms. The first Jacobite rebellion, an uprising in support of James in Scotland,
took place in 1689. It was led by John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee, also known as Graham
of Claverhouse or Bonnie Dundee, who raised an army from Highland clans. In Ireland, Richard
Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell led local Catholics, who had been discriminated against by previous
English monarchs, in the conquest of all the fortified places in the kingdom except Derry,
and so held the Kingdom for James. James himself landed in Ireland with 6,000 French troops
to try to regain the throne in the Williamite War in Ireland. The war raged from 1689 to
1691. James fled Ireland following his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, but Jacobite
resistance was not ended until after the battle of Aughrim in 1691, when over half of their
army was killed or taken prisoner. The Irish Jacobites surrendered under the conditions
of the Treaty of Limerick on 3 October 1691. England stayed relatively calm throughout,
although some English Jacobites fought on James’s side in Ireland. Despite the Jacobite
victory at the Battle of Killiecrankie, the uprising in the Scottish Highlands was quelled
due to the death of its leader, Dundee, and Williamite victories at Dunkeld and Cromdale,
as well as the Glencoe massacre in early 1692. Many, particularly in Ireland and Scotland,
continued to see the Stuarts as the legitimate monarchs of the Three Kingdoms, and there
were further Jacobite rebellions in Scotland during the years 1715, 1719 and 1745.==Anglo-Dutch alliance==
Though he had carefully avoided making it public, William’s main motive in organising
the expedition had been the opportunity to bring England into an alliance against France.
On 9 December 1688 he had already asked the States General to send a delegation of three
to negotiate the conditions. On 18 February (Julian calendar) he asked the Convention
to support the Republic in its war against France; but it refused, only consenting to
pay £600,000 for the continued presence of the Dutch army in England. On 9 March (Gregorian
calendar) the States General responded to Louis’s earlier declaration of war by declaring
war on France in return. On 19 April (Julian calendar) the Dutch delegation signed a naval
treaty with England. It stipulated that the combined Anglo-Dutch fleet would always be
commanded by an Englishman, even when of lower rank; also it specified that the two parties
would contribute in the ratio of five English vessels against three Dutch vessels, meaning
in practice that the Dutch navy in the future would be smaller than the English. The Navigation
Acts were not repealed. On 18 May the new Parliament allowed William to declare war
on France. On 9 September 1689 (Gregorian calendar), William as King of England joined
the League of Augsburg against France.===The decline of the Dutch Republic===
Having England as an ally meant that the military situation of the Republic was strongly improved,
but this very fact induced William to be uncompromising in his position towards France. This policy
led to a large number of very expensive campaigns which were largely paid for with Dutch funds.
In 1712 the Republic was financially exhausted; it withdrew from international politics and
was forced to let its fleet deteriorate, making what was by then the Kingdom of Great Britain
the dominant maritime power of the world. The Dutch economy, already burdened by the
high national debt and concomitant high taxation, suffered from the other European states’ protectionist
policies, which its weakened fleet was no longer able to resist. To make matters worse,
the main Dutch trading and banking houses moved much of their activity from Amsterdam
to London after 1688. Between 1688 and 1720, world trade dominance shifted from the Republic
to Britain.==”Dutch invasion” hypothesis==
After being revisited by historians in 1988—the third centennial of the event—several researchers
have argued that the “revolution” was actually a successful Dutch invasion of Britain. The
events were unusual because the establishment of a constitutional monarchy (a de facto republic,
see Coronation Oath Act 1688) and Bill of Rights meant that the apparently invading
monarchs, legitimate heirs to the throne, were prepared to govern with the English Parliament.
It is difficult to classify the entire proceedings of 1687–89 but it can be seen that the events
occurred in three phases: conspiracy, invasion by Dutch forces and “Glorious Revolution”.
It has been argued that the invasion aspect had been downplayed as a result of a combination
of British pride and successful Dutch propaganda, trying to depict the course of events as a
largely internal English affair.As the invitation was initiated by figures who had little influence
themselves, the legacy of the Glorious Revolution has been described as a successful propaganda
act by William to cover up and justify his successful invasion. The claim that William
was fighting for the Protestant cause in England was used to great effect to disguise the military,
cultural and political impact that the Dutch regime had on England at the time.==Impact==
The overthrow of James was hailed at the time and ever since as the “Glorious Revolution”.
Edmund Burke set the tone for over two centuries of historiographical analysis when he proclaimed
that: The Revolution was made to preserve our ancient
indisputable laws and liberties, and that ancient constitution of government which is
our only security for law and liberty.Many historians have endorsed Burke’s view, including
Macaulay (1848) and more recently John Morrill, who captured the consensus of contemporary
historiography well when he declared that “the Sensible Revolution of 1688–89 was
a conservative Revolution”. On the other hand, Steven Pincus (2009) argues that it was momentous
especially when looking at the alternative that James was trying to enact – a powerful
centralised autocratic state, using French-style “state-building”. England’s role in Europe
and the country’s political economy in the 17th century refutes the view of many late-20th-century
historians that nothing revolutionary occurred during the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89.
Pincus says it was not a placid turn of events. In diplomacy and economics William III transformed
the English state’s ideology and policies. This occurred not because William III was
an outsider who inflicted foreign notions on England but because foreign affairs and
political economy were at the core of the English revolutionaries’ agenda. The revolution
of 1688–89 cannot be fathomed in isolation. It would have been inconceivable without the
changes resulting from the events of the 1640s and 1650s. Indeed, the ideas accompanying
the Glorious Revolution were rooted in the mid-century upheavals. Thus, the 17th century
was a century of revolution in England, deserving of the same scholarly attention that ‘modern’
revolutions attract.James II tried building a powerful militarised state on the mercantilist
assumption that the world’s wealth was necessarily finite and empires were created by taking
land from other states. The East India Company was thus an ideal tool to create a vast new
English imperial dominion by warring with the Dutch and the Mogul Empire in India. After
1689 came an alternative understanding of economics, which saw Britain as a commercial
rather than an agrarian society. The proponents of this view, most famously Adam Smith in
1776, argued that wealth was created by human endeavour and was thus potentially infinite.==Legacy==
The Glorious Revolution of 1688 is considered by some as being one of the most important
events in the long evolution of the respective powers of Parliament and the Crown in England.
With the passage of the Bill of Rights, it stamped out once and for all any possibility
of a Catholic monarchy, and ended moves towards absolute monarchy in the British kingdoms
by circumscribing the monarch’s powers. These powers were greatly restricted; he or she
could no longer suspend laws, levy taxes, make royal appointments, or maintain a standing
army during peacetime without Parliament’s permission – to this day the Army is known
as the “British Army” not the “Royal Army” as it is, in some sense, Parliament’s Army
and not that of the King. (This is, however, a complex issue, as the Crown remains the
source of all executive authority in the British army, with legal implications for unlawful
orders etc.). Since 1689, government under a system of constitutional monarchy in England,
and later the United Kingdom, has been uninterrupted. Since then, Parliament’s power has steadily
increased while the Crown’s has steadily declined. Unlike in the English civil war of the mid-seventeenth
century, the “Glorious Revolution” did not involve the masses of ordinary people in England
(the majority of the bloodshed occurred in Ireland). This fact has led many historians,
including Stephen Webb, to suggest that, in England at least, the events more closely
resemble a coup d’état than a social revolution. This view of events does not contradict what
was originally meant by “revolution”: the coming round of an old system of values in
a circular motion, back to its original position, as Britain’s constitution was reasserted,
rather than formed anew.Prior to his arrival in England, the new king William III of England
was not Anglican, but rather was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Consequently,
as a Calvinist and Presbyterian he was now in the unenviable position of being the head
of the Church of England, while technically being a Nonconformist. This was, however,
not his main motive for promoting religious toleration. More important in that respect
was the need to keep happy his Catholic allies in the coming struggle with Louis XIV. Though
he had promised legal toleration for Catholics in his Declaration of October 1688, he was
ultimately unsuccessful in this respect, due to opposition by the Tories in the new Parliament.
The Revolution led to the Act of Toleration of 1689, which granted toleration to Nonconformist
Protestants, but not to Catholics. Catholic emancipation would be delayed for 140 years.
The Williamite War in Ireland can be seen as the source of later conflict, including
The Troubles of recent times. The Williamite victory in Ireland is still commemorated by
the Orange Order for preserving British and Protestant dominance in the country.
In North America, the Glorious Revolution precipitated the 1689 Boston revolt in which
a well-organised “mob” of provincial militia and citizens successfully deposed the hated
governor Edmund Andros, which has been seen as a precedent for the American War of Independence
a century later. In New York, Leisler’s Rebellion caused the colonial administrator, Francis
Nicholson, to flee to England. A third event, Maryland’s Protestant Rebellion was directed
against the proprietary government, seen as Catholic-dominated.
Lord Macaulay’s account of the Revolution in The History of England from the Accession
of James the Second exemplifies its semi-mystical significance to later generations.==See also==
Civil liberties in the United Kingdom Financial Revolution
History of liberalism Quo warranto
List of deserters from James II to William of Orange
London, Quo Warranto Judgment Reversed Act 1689==Notes====References==
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A scholarly history of the era. Glassey, Lionel K. J., ed. (1997). The Reigns
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Harris, Tim (2006). Revolution: The Great Crisis of the British Monarchy, 1685–1720.
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Vallance, Edward (2006). The Glorious Revolution: 1688 – Britain’s Fight for Liberty. Brown
Little. ISBN 1-933648-24-4.==External links==
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