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Monmouth Rebellion
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On June 11th, 1685, four months after King Charles's death, Monmouth landed his forces on the Beach near the Cobb at Lyme Regis. Marching inland his army was swelled by many local recruits.

The Kings forces were led by John Churchill, (later 1st duke of Marlborough), the son of Winston Churchill, squire of Minterne Magna.

The two forces finally met on July 6th at Sedgemoor in Somerset. In what was to be known as the last English battle to be fought with pitchforks, the rebels were soundly defeated.

Many of the townsfolk of Wareham had supported Monmouth in his Protestant cause. Six of them, after being tried by Judge Jeffries who was famous for his severity, were executed (hung, drawn & quartered) at the Northwest angle of Wareham Walls, still known as Bloody Bank.

Monmouth fled from the battlefield, later dressed in the clothes of a shepherd he was discovered shivering in a ditch. He was promptly taken to London and executed for treason on Tower Hill, and so ended the Rebellion.

Although the Monmouth Rebellion had failed it was only three years later in December 1688 that the Catholic King James was forced to flee the country to be replaced by William and Mary. George Jeffreys was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London where he later died.
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Duke of Monmouth John Churchill
James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch John Churchill leader of the Kings forces
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