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Battle of the Boyne – July 12, 2023

The Battle of the Boyne, one of the more contentious dates in the U.K. calendar, is commemorated every year on July 12 in Northern Ireland. It is an Ulster Protestant festival on this day. The Fight of the Boyne was a pivotal battle in Ireland’s Williamite War. It was fought between King James II of England and Ireland, who had been overthrown, and King William III of England and Ireland. King James II was England’s, Scotland’s, and Ireland’s final Catholic ruler, whereas King William III, often known as William of Orange, was a Dutch Protestant.

History of Battle of the Boyne

The Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690 between King James II, a Catholic, and King William III, a Protestant, who had deposed James as King of England in 1688. The battle took place at Old Bridge, across the River Boyne, and William was victorious. In Julian calendar time, the fight took place on July 1, 1690. In the Gregorian calendar, this corresponded to July 11. The symbolic significance of this conflict has made it one of the most well-known battles in British Isles history and a vital component of the Orange Order’s legend. The Protestant Orange Institution in Northern Ireland mostly commemorates it today.

The fight was the turning point in a war that was mostly about James’s attempt to reclaim the thrones of England and Scotland after the Immortal Seven invited Mary, James’s daughter, and William’s bride, to take the throne. It is seen as a watershed moment in the conflict between Protestant and Catholic interests in Ireland.

Except for the province of Ulster, they ruled all of Ireland by 1690. At the Battle of the Boyne, the majority of James II’s army were Irish Catholics. Because of James II’s 1687 Declaration for the Liberty of Conscience, which provided religious freedom to all religions in England and Scotland, the majority of Irish people were “Jacobites” and supported him.

Battle of the Boyne timeline

1690
The Battle of the Boyne

The Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690 between King James II, a Catholic, and King William III.

1681
The Treaty of Limerick

Irish followers of King James continued fighting until the Treaty of Limerick.

1701
The Erection of William Of Oranges' Statue

In 1701, a statue of William of Orange was constructed on Dublin's College Green.

1778
The Painting of The Battle

Benjamin West painted The Battle of the Boyne in 1778.

Battle of the Boyne FAQs

How old is the Boyne River?

It’s 5,000 years old.

What is the origin of the name Boyne?

The River Boyne is named after the mythical Celtic goddess Boann.

What is a Boyne star?

A three-star hotel in Boyne is the same as, if not less than, a 1.5-star hotel.

How to Observe Battle of the Boyne

  1. Attend the North Ireland Orangemen parade

    Attend the 'Orangemen' parade, which is still staged in some communities in Northern Ireland to commemorate this day. Marchers in bowler hats and sashes lead the parade.

  2. Read on the battle of the Boyne

    Read about the Battle of the Boyne in detail. Learn about the events leading to, during, and after the Battle of the Boyne, as well as the impact it has had on modern-day Ireland.

  3. Spread the word on social media

    Make a post about the day and ask others to contribute facts. To get your posts noticed, use appropriate hashtags.

5 Interesting Facts About Boyne

  1. 68-mile distance

    The Boyne River flows for 68 miles before entering the Irish Sea close below Drogheda.

  2. William Oranges statue was destroyed

    In 1929, the statue of William of Orange on College Green in Dublin was removed.

  3. Destroyed Boyne Obelisk statue

    In 1923, the commemorative Boyne Obelisk statue, which had been constructed in 1736, was destroyed.

  4. UNESCO World Heritage Site

    In December 1993, the River Boyne was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  5. 5.6-mile long river

    From its mouth at Lake Charlevoix, the Boyne River's main stream stretches for 5.6 miles.

Why Battle of the Boyne is Important

  1. The cuisine

    The Boyne Valley is home to several excellent restaurants that specialize in Ireland's natural bounty of shellfish, beef, and dairy. Cook-offs between local chefs and food-themed tours are available.

  2. It has a long history

    While the Battle of the Boyne is well-known, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the region's historical significance. The rolling plains of lush flora bear witness to 5,000 years of history, with monuments springing out at every turn.

  3. There's a lot to discover

    Boyne is steeped in both history and mystery. From tombs older than the pyramids to Drogheda's Barbican in the 13th century and historic residences and gardens like those at Beaulieu; there's something for everyone. There is a lot to learn in Boyne.

Battle of the Boyne dates

YearDateDay
2023July 12Wednesday
2024July 12Friday
2025July 12Saturday
2026July 12Sunday
2027July 12Monday

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