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Editor says, what if the Second Jacobite Rising had restored the House of Stuart? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Religion thread.
In 1696,on this day at Turnham Green a gang of plotters armed with blunderbusses, musquetoons and well sharpened swords ambushed the King as he returned from a hunting party in Richmond.
Barclays Plot SucceedsThe absence of the main English fleet in the Mediterranean enabled Jacobite agents such as Sir George Barclay to push for an invasion of England by French troops. However the French demanded an English rising as the first step, and this precondition required the assassination of William.
The overthrow of the Williamite Regime led to the restoration of the House of Stuart. Only eight years old at the time, James Francis Edward (the former Prince of Wales) eventually succeeded as King James III after a period of regency. Ironically, it was his birth that had triggered the Glorious Revolution by removing William's wife Mary from the line of direct succession.
Editor says, in reality the plot was betrayed to the government, and nine members were executed, though Barclay escaped to France.. In authoring this article we have repurposed content from Wikipedia and the Global Security Web Site. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.