The Protestant Wind of I688: Myth and Reality

  title={The Protestant Wind of I688: Myth and Reality},
  author={Clyve Jones},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  pages={201 - 220}
  • Clyve Jones
  • Published 1 July 1973
  • History
  • European History Quarterly
a layer of legend or myth which begins to accrete while the revolution is happening and which remains evermore inseparable from the event. The English Revolution of i688 is no exception. The idea of a ’Protestant Wind’ which divinely guided to Torbay in Devonshire the invasion fleet of William of Orange, while at the same time confining the English fleet under Lord Dartmouth in the mouth of the Thames and thereby preventing its pursuit of the Dutch, has had a strong hold on the imaginations of… 
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The Orangist Conspiracy against James II

  • W. Speck
  • History
    The Historical Journal
  • 1987
The 'Glorious' Revolution of i688 had its seamy side. It was far from being a spontaneous uprising against an unpopular king. James II was not sent packing by the mass of his subjects. On the



note I7, I, ii, 625; HMC Report VII, Appendix, 226; BM Add

  • MS

agrees with Burnet that the fleet had overshot Torbay, but another report (op. cit. note I8, I, 203) states that Herbert's ship was four miles south-east of Torbay at 9

    Journal', I3; but cf

      note 28, III, 56. The flood tide was as important in preventing the fleet leaving the Gunfleet as the east wind. For an analysis of the actions of the English fleet after 3 November see op

        IX, 277; op. cit. note 50, 30-I; op. cit

          MS 33970, f. i; op. cit. note I8, I, 203. Cf. op. cit. note 26

            MS 33970, f. I, states that at II o'clock on the morning of 5 November the anonymous author saw the village of Talland. This must be a mistake as Talland is in Cornwall, west of Plymouth

              MS 33970, f. I; HMC Report VII, Appendix

                MS 33970, f. I; op. cit. note 50