Saturday, 22 September 2018

Blood's Revolution (Holcroft Blood 2) Angus Donald

Newly returned from years of secret work in Paris, Lieutenant Holcroft Blood, a brilliant but unusual gunnery officer in His Majesty's Ordnance, must now face King James II's enemies on the gore-drenched battlefields of the British Isles.

But after the victory at Sedgemoor -and its cruel aftermath, the Bloody Assizes, in which the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion was ruthlessly crushed - many powerful men have grown tired of Catholic James's brutal, autocratic rule and seek to invite William, the Protestant Prince of Orange, to seize the thrones of the Three Kingdoms.

While revolution brews in the gentlemen's clubs of London, Holcroft discovers that a sinister French agent, known only by his code name Narrey, has followed him across the Channel and intends to murder him. Worse, Holcroft must decide whether to join the conspirators, including his old friend Jack Churchill, now Lord Marlborough, and support Dutch William's invasion - or remain loyal to his unpopular king.


War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-1720)

Tercentenary this year - a rare instance when the British and French were on the same side. Wiki

Compagnies franches de la marine 1718

From the Wiki 

Major conflicts and commitments[edit]

Companies free men took part in every conflict involving France of 1690-1761 in Europe, the Americas, and India. Their commitments were normally related to naval warfare, but they were very often used on land. Are listed here as their main commitments. Naval battles isolated and "helping hands" delivered during the guerrilla war in America are too many to be presented.

In Europe[edit]

War of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697)
  • Battle of La Hogue (29 May 1692)
  • Battle of Lagos (27 June 1693)
War of the Spanish Succession (1709-1714)
  • Battle of Malplaquet (Sept. 11, 1709)
  • Battle of Denain (24 July 1712)
War of the Polish Succession (1733-1738)
  • Siege of Danzig (1734) (February 22 to July 9, 1734)
Seven Years' War (1756-1763)
  • Battle of Minorca (1756)
  • Battle of Lagos (19 August 1759)
  • Battle of Quiberon Bay (20 November 1759)
  • Battle of Belle-Isle (1761)

In America[edit]

King William's War[edit]

  • Siege of Quebec (16 to 21 October 1690)
  • Shipping Cartagena (2 May 1697)

Queen Anne's War[edit]

  • Defense of Guadeloupe (1703)
  • Shipments Rio (1710 and June 1711 to February 1712)

Inter War Period[edit]

  • War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-1720)
  • Naval battle of the Dauphine (Bay Island Mobile ) (19 August 1719)
  • Seat Pensacola (2 September 1719)
  • Wars Foxes (1712-1714 and 1729)
  • Wars Natchez (1717-1719 and 1729-1731)
  • Wars Chickasaws (1736 and 1739-1740)

King George's War[edit]

French and Indian War[edit]

  • Battle of Fort Necessity (July 3, 1754)
  • Battle of the Monongahela (9 July 1755)
  • Battle of Fort Carillon (8 July 1758)
  • Siege of Louisbourg (June–July 1758)
  • Defense of Guadeloupe (April 1758)
  • Plains of Abraham (September 13, 1759)
  • Battle of Sainte-Foy (April 28, 1760)
  • Defense of Martinique (1761)

In India[edit]

Third Intercolonial War
  • Battle of Negapatam (6 July 1746)
  • Seat Madras (August 21 September 1746)
  • Siege of Pondicherry (Fall 1748)
Fourth Intercolonial War (1754-1760)
  • Battle of Cuddalore (29 April 1758)
  • Battle of Negapatam (3 August 1758)
  • Seat Madras (December 1758-February 1759)
  • Battle of Pondicherry (10 September 1759)
  • Siege of Pondicherry (March 1760 to January 4, 1761)

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Prestonpans 1745-2018 photos by Sheryle Price-Jones

This is a lovely set of photos from last weekend near Edinburgh. The caption reads
A large number of groups supported this event including Lace Wars, The Charles Edward Stuart Society, Claymore, Battlescar, Alan Breck's Regiment including the Edinburgh City Guard, Glenbuckets Regiment, The Troop and Lambton's 68th. The overall event itself was co-hosted by two charities: The Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust and the Scottish Battlefields Trust. Photos Courtesy of Sheryle Price-Jones.

Prestonpans wiki

The Favourite - 2018 trailer

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.