Monmouth's Rebellion

After the death of Charles II in 1685, his popular but illegitimate Protestant son, the Duke of Monmouth, raised a rebellion against his Catholic uncle James II that failed and led to Monmouth's capture near the New Forest, his execution, and the 'Bloody Assizes' which included the trial of a well-known Forest lady, Alice Lisle. (See Alice Lisle). A further connection between the New Forest and Monmouth is the fact that Monmouth's descendant, Lord Montagu, owns Beaulieu Abbey there. (See Beaulieu Abbey)




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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