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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Old Virginia Customs: Fate of the Irish

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The fateful Battle of the Boyne was fought in 1690 between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones. That is to say, the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William (who had deposed King James in 1688).  The site was on the River Boyne near Dogheda to the east of Ireland.  This battle marked the turning point in James' long unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne. The result was that the protestants ruled Ireland. So it was that many of the Irishmen who were captured at the Battle of the Boyne were imported into Virginia as agricultural servants.

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