James II of England Timeline

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  • 1633
    James, son of Charles I of England and future James II of England, is born.
  • 1643
    James Stuart (future James II) is made Duke of York.
  • 1648
    James Sutart, Duke of York (future James II) flees England for the Netherlands and then France.
  • 1660
    James Stuart, Duke of York (future James II) is made Lord High Admiral.
  • 3 Sep 1660
    James Stuart, Duke of York (future James II) marries Anne Hyde.
  • 1662
    Mary, daughter of James II of England and future queen is born.
  • 30 Apr 1662
    Future Mary II of England is born at St. James’ Palace.
  • 1665
    James Stuart, Duke of York (future James II) commands a great naval victory over the Dutch off the coast of Lowestoft.
  • 1665
    Anne, daughter of James II of England and future queen is born.
  • 30 Sep 1673
    James Stuart, Duke of York (future James II) marries his second wife, Mary of Modena.
  • 1680 - 1682
    James Stuart, Duke of York (future James II) represents King Charles II in Scotland.
  • 1685 - 1688
    Reign of James II of England.
  • 23 Apr 1685
    James Stuart is crowned James II of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • May 1685
    The Presbyterian Earl of Argyll leads a failed uprsing against James II of England.
  • Jun 1685 - Jul 1685
    The Monmouth Rebellion, where James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and illegitimate son of Charles II of England, leads a failed coup to take the throne of James II of England.
  • 6 Jul 1685
    A ramshackle army led by the Duke of Monmouth is defeated by a Royalist force at Sedgemoor in Somerset.
  • 15 Jul 1685
    The Duke of Monmouth, pretender to the throne, is executed in London.
  • Aug 1685
    The 'Bloody Assizes’ where hundreds of rebels involved in the Monmouth Rebellion are executed or deported to the Caribbean for a life of hard labour.
  • Nov 1685
    James II of England dismisses Parliament.
  • Apr 1687
    James II of England issues the Declaration of Indulgence which provides religious toleration for all faiths.
  • 1688
    James II of England reissues his Declaration of Indulgence.
  • 10 Jun 1688
    James Francis Edward, only legitimate son of James II of England, is born.
  • Nov 1688
    The Glorious Revolution, which sees James II of England peacefully replaced by William of Orange and Queen Mary Stuart.
  • 5 Nov 1688
    William of Orange lands an invading army in southern England.
  • 23 Dec 1688
    James II of England flees Britian and is considered to have abidcated by Parliament.
  • 23 Dec 1688
    Parliament declares James II of England's abdication date as this day when he left English shores.
  • 12 Mar 1689
    In an attempt to regain his throne, the deposed James II of England lands in County Cork in Ireland with a French army.
  • 16 Dec 1689
    Parliament issues a Bill of Rights, which establishes a constituional monarchy in England, Scotland, and Ireland.
  • Jul 1690
    The Battle of the Boyne in Ireland where William III of England defeats an army led by the deposed James II of England.
  • 1 Jul 1690
    William III establishes his rule over Ireland with victory against James II at the battle of Boyne.
  • Feb 1692
    The maasacre of the MacDonalds in Scotland, effectively ending any chance of a return of King James II of England to his throne.
  • Sep 1701
    James II of England dies in exile in St. Germain-en-Laye, France.
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