APPOINTMENT: John Pitman, gent. as Ensign in the Foot Regiment commanded by Thomas Farrington, esq.
Appointment: John Pitman, gent. as Ensign in the Foot Regiment commanded by Thomas Farrington, esq.
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- ReferenceGB 221 WM49
- Alternative Id.GB 221 WM/49
- Dates of Creation1708 Apr. 8
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
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Administrative / Biographical History
Thomas Farrington Junior (1664 - 7 October 1712) was commissioned by the Prince of Orange as a captain in the Coldstream Guards in December 1688, being promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1693. In 1694 he raised the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot, a regiment of the British Army. Anne (6 February 1665 - 1 August 1714) became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death.
Anne was born in the reign of her uncle Charles II, who had no legitimate children. Her father, James, was thus heir presumptive to the throne. His suspected Roman Catholicism was unpopular in England, and on Charles's instructions Anne was raised as an Anglican. Three years after he succeeded Charles, James was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Anne's Dutch Protestant brother-in-law and cousin William III of Orange became joint monarch with his wife, Mary II, Anne's elder sister. Although the sisters had been close, disagreements over Anne's finances, status and choice of acquaintances arose shortly after Mary's accession and they became estranged. William and Mary had no children. After Mary's death in 1694, William reigned alone until his own death in 1702, when Anne succeeded him.
Anne's Catholic half-brother, James Francis Edward Stuart, attempted to land in Scotland with French assistance in an attempt to establish himself as king. Anne withheld royal assent from the Scottish Militia Bill 1708 in case the militia raised in Scotland was disloyal and sided with the Jacobites. She was the last British sovereign to veto a parliamentary bill, although her action was barely commented upon at the time. The invasion fleet never landed and was chased away by British ships commanded by Sir George Byng. As a result of the Jacobite invasion scare, support for the Tories fell and the Whigs were able to secure a majority in the British general election, 1708.
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