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This Sceptred Isle

End of the War and the Ebbing of King Billy
Mary died in 1694. William III continued with his war against France. Anne and William were reconciled, he had argued with Anne's husband, Prince George of Denmark and the Marlboroughs came to the fore.

Meanwhile William had won some sort of truce with France and signed the Treaty of Ryswick. William returned home and the army and the navy were greatly reduced.

Sidney Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin
Sidney Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin

  • Politician and confidant of Charles II
  • Secretary of State and then Lord High Treasurer
  • James II ejected him, although he was used for secret diplomatic missions, notably with Louis XIV
  • Sent to negotiate with William of Orange in 1688
  • Voted for William to be Regent rather than King
  • Given charge of the Treasury again
  • Had to resign when it was discovered that he had corresponded with James II
  • In 1700 returned to the Treasury under Anne (1702-1710), financing the War of Spanish Succession and working closely with Marlborough

did you know?
Sidney Godolphin served four monarchs. Charles II said of him he was never "in the way or out of the way"!

The Board of Greencloth

William, earl of Devonshire, Lord Steward, board wages
one thousand three hundred and sixty pounds
Francis, viscount Newport, Treasurer and Cofferer of the Household
one thousand and ninety two pounds, two shillings and sixpence
Thomas Wharton esquire, Comptroller
one thousand and ninety two pounds two shillings and sixpence
Thomas Felton esquire, Master of the Household
four hundred and thirty three pounds six shillings and eightpence
Sir William Forrester, knight, Clerk of the Greencloth
four hundred and fifty five pounds thirteen and fourpence
Lord Chamberlain, the Right honourable, Charles, earl of Dorset and Middlesex
one thousand one hundred pounds
Vice Chamberlain, Sir John Lowther, baronet
four hundred and ninety two pounds and fifteen shillings
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1677 Princess Mary marries William of Orange
1685 Charles II dies
James II becomes king of England
Monmouth Rebellion put down
1687James II dissolves Parliament
1688Seven bishops imprisoned
Birth of James's son
William of Orange lands in England
James flees abroad
1689 William III and Mary II become king and queen of England
1690Irish Jacobites defeated at Boyne
1691 Treaty of Limerick
1694Death of Mary II
1701Death of James II
Louis XIV of France recognizes the Old Pretender as king
1702 Anne becomes queen
1704Battle of Blenheim

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