Protestant King William III of England Defeats Catholic King James II at Battle of the Boyne Hot

Protestant King William III of England Defeats Catholic King James II at Battle of the Boyne

William III of England

Battle of the Boyne: Protestant King William III of England defeats Catholic King James II in their conflict over who should wear the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones.

This prevents James from restoring Catholic rule to England and ensures the continuation of Protestant domination of Ireland.

William III is also known as "William of Orange," giving his name to the Loyal Orange institution, familiarly called the Orange Order, a Protestant Irish society founded and flourishing mainly in Ulster.

The Orange Order will be established in 1795 to maintain the Protestant ascendancy in Ireland in the face of the rising agitation for Catholic Emancipation. They celebrate William's victory on July 12, making it the principal holiday of the order. Members wear orange colored flowers and orange sashes while they march in parades. When these parades pass through Catholic sections of Northern Irish cities it creates significant inter-religious friction. Branches of the society will be created in many parts of the English-speaking world.

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