Landing of William III at Carrickfergus, 14 June 1690

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This depicts an incident during the War of the English Succession, sparked off by the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when Catholic James II fled the country after William of Orange landed at Torbay. In 1690 the deposed King James II attempted to re-capture his throne with the aid of the French troops by way of Ireland, whose Catholic population, he believed, might support him. He soon captured most of Ireland, until King William’s army drove him out. It took some time for William to gain control in Ireland. He landed at Carrickfergus near Belfast on 14th June 1690, to take over command of the army which was to defeat James II and the Catholic hopes in that country. He was escorted by a squadron under Rear-Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell, together with 15,000 extra Danish, Dutch and English troops. This lifted morale and by 1st July he faced James II across the River Boyne outside Dublin. The ensuing victory for William led to James's withdrawal from Dublin. William’s reign marked the beginning of the transition from the Stuart’s personal control of government to the Parliamentary rule of the House of Hanover.

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Landing of William III at Carrickfergus, 14 June 1690




oil on canvas


H 61 x W 106.5 cm

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lower centre, on driftwood: C. Pocock IVV (?)


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