A-Z: General definitions: William III


William of Orange (1650-1702), who became William III of England in 1689, ruling with his wife Mary II, after his forces defeated the Catholic James II (1633-1701) at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. He thus asserted English Protestant rule in Ireland and became a champion to Irish Protestants.

1703 Engraving of King William III and Queen Mary II 

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