Battle of the Boyne  1690

On 1 July 1690, two armies faced each other across the River Boyne, just to the north of Dublin in Ireland.

The commander on the north side was William of Orange, a Dutch Protestant, who had recently been crowned King of England, Scotland and Ireland.

The commander on the south side was James II, the deposed Catholic king, who had lost his throne to William only the year before.

The two men were linked by blood and family ties. James II was both the uncle of William of Orange and his father-in-law.

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William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne, painted by Jan Wyck (National Trust Images)



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