History talks puts spotlight on moment soldiers ran into the Corn Hill, in Ipswich, shooting pistols in one of the first rebellions following the Glorious Revolution

James II

James II - Credit: Archant

The day soldiers went through Ipswich shooting pistols in one of the first rebellions following the Glorious Revolution of 1688 is the subject of an exciting new history talk.

John Sutton is presenting the event which will be held at the Ipswich Record Office in Gatacre Road, on Saturday at 10.30am.

The ex-Anglia Ruskin University lecturer from Newmarket will talk about how Scottish troops stormed out of a fiery sermon at St Mary-le-the Tower in March 1689, angry that James II had been replaced by his daughter Mary and son-in-law William of Orange in what is known as the Glorious Revolution.

The soldiers, part of the Royal Scots, were already enraged because their pay had been in arrears and their commander, the Earl of Dumbarton, had been dismissed for supporting the deposed James II.

The soldiers launched themselves into Corn Hill where a tussle broke out between pro and anti army mutineers.

Mr Sutton said: “The event was of great national significance since it led to the enactment of the first Mutiny Act which, while granting the Crown the right to hold courts martial to punish any future army mutineers, also insisted that this power must be renewed by legislation every nine months, thus guaranteeing Parliament a permanent place in the constitution.

“It would have been very scary if you were on the Corn Hill and saw the Scottish soldiers running into the square with their pistols.”

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Admission to the 90-minute talk is £5.50 per person. Refreshments will be on offer.

Mr Sutton added: “I am looking forward to the talk, it’s a very exciting visual presentation of what happened – it’s a really good yarn, full of adventure.”

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