List of deserters from James II to William of Orange

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James II & VII[1]
James II 1633-1701.jpg
King of England, Scotland and Ireland (more...)
Reign 6 February 1685 – 11 December 1688
Coronation 23 April 1685
Predecessor Charles II
Successor William III & II and Mary II
(William and Mary)
Born (1633-10-14)14 October 1633
(N.S.: 24 October 1633)
St. James's Palace, London
Died 16 September 1701(1701-09-16) (aged 67) (N.S.)
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Burial Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Spouse Anne Hyde
m. 1660; dec. 1671
Mary of Modena
m. 1673; wid. 1701
among others
Mary II
Anne, Queen of Great Britain
James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick
James, Prince of Wales
Louisa Maria Teresa Stuart
House House of Stuart
Father Charles I of England
Mother Henrietta Maria of France
Religion Roman Catholicism
William of Orange landing at Torbay in 1688

This is a list of the members of the British nobility and gentry, who in 1688 deserted King James II and pledged their allegiances to Prince William of Orange, as the events of the Glorious Revolution unfolded.


  1. In Scotland, he was called James VII, as there were six previous kings of that nation named James.
  2. Macaulay, Thomas Babington, The History of England from the Accession of James II. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1878. Volume II, page 397.
  • George Edward Cokayne (ed.), The Complete Peerage: of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and United Kingdom (1st Edition)
    • Volume 1. A - Bo. (1887)
    • Volume 2. Bra - C. (1889)
    • Volume 3. D - F. (1890)
    • Volume 4. G - K. (1892)
    • Volume 5. L - M. (1893)
    • Volume 6. N - R. (1895)
    • Volume 7. S - T. (1896)
    • Volume 8. U - Z. (1898)
    • "Principal Persons who Joined the Prince of Orange," Appendix H in Volume 2. Bass-Canning (1912)