06 July 2016
The last battle of the Monmouth Rebellion - the Battle of Sedgemoor - was fought on 6 July 1685
On this day in history, 1685: The last battle of the Monmouth Rebellion is fought – the Battle of Sedgemoor in Somerset. Monmouth was James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth and illegitimate son of Charles II, and he hoped to overthrow his uncle King James II. The battle was won by the royalists, however; many of Monmouth’s supporters were captured and tried in the Blood Assizes, and 320 were sentenced to death and 800 transported. Monmouth himself was later executed too. Which side would your ancestors have been on?
Pictured: A wounded Monmouth supporter taking refuge in a hay barn after the Battle of Sedgemoor.