Daylight Robbery

In the 1690s English monarch William III was short of money, which he attempted to rectify by the introduction of a Window Tax. As the name suggests, this was a tax levied on the windows of a property. The upper classes, having the largest houses, paid the most. Some wealthy individuals used their ability to […]

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Today in Irish History – 1st July:

1681 – Despite witnesses against him being discredited, Oliver Plunkett is hanged, drawn and quartered in London. 1690 – Battle of the Boyne: the Jacobite forces (Irish, French, Germans and Walloons) are defeated by the Williamites (Irish, English, Dutch, Germans and Danes). The Williamite victory, being seen as a defeat for Louis XIV, is welcomed […]

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Today in Irish History – 14th June:

1690 – William of Orange lands at Carrickfergus. 1699 – The second session of the second Irish parliament of William III is dissolved on this date. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Government reinforcements begin to march from Cork and the midlands; Rebels send small detachment to Mountpleasant, in Co Wicklow. In Ulster, the Rebels disperse. […]

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1689 – The Williamite War in Ireland begins (ends 3 October 1691).

William III, Prince of Orange, came from a Dutch family that had become champions of Protestantism in Europe. He invaded England in 1688 and released a manifesto calling for the liberation of the country from the rule of the Catholic King James II. Supporters of James II were called Jacobites, but they were in a […]

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