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You are in: Guernsey > History > Timeline > 17th Century

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English Civil War drawing by Brian Byron

17th Century

Castle Cornet became a part of national history at the end of the English Civil war. A century that begins with religious argument and civil war ends with Guernsey privateering becoming a major island industry.


King James I tries to force Anglicism into the Bailiwick.


English Civil War starts. Guernsey's Royal Court is dissolved by Parliament. Guernsey backs Parliamentarians but Royalist forces hold out in Castle Cornet.


'Arcano del Mare' was produced, the first English seas atlas that included the islands.


The last Royal Standard is taken down at Castle Cornet on 19th December 1651 as the Royalist forces commanded by Sir Peter Osbourne surrender.


With the restoration of the monarchy the rights and privileges of the islands are reinstated. HMS Basing, a 22 gun fifth rate was renamed HMS Guernsey during a refit.


Sir John Lambert, one of Cromwell's deputies, imprisoned in Castle Cornet by Charles II.


Anglicism comes to Guernsey.


Title of Lord of Alderney is given to Sir George Carteret, a friend of Samuel Pepys.


Castle Cornet's Donjon (Keep) explodes, killing the Governor's wife.


Report from Colonel Legge accounts for all ordinance in the islands and proposes a bridge be built across the Braye Du Valle.


Military Engineer Thomas Philips made maps and plans of the bays which now reside in the British Museum.


The age of privateering began as William III suspended the islands' privilege of neutrality and forbad trade with France.


First ship launched as the HMS Guernsey is the second ship to carry the name.

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