The Privateers of the Channel Islands, 1688-1713

By J. LePelley, published February 1944


This article deals with the consequences of James II’s flight to France in 1688 which made war with that country inevitable. The seamen of St Malo (French) and the seamen of Guernsey and Jersey (English) had been antagonists for generations. The steps taken reinforce the English presence across the Channel by building up support for the privateering inclinations of the Channel Islands are dealt with in considerable detail, including political and strategic factors. Parallels are usefully drawn with modern (20th century) times. The evidence for the arguments presented are taken from the usual government archives but strongly laced with anecdote and contemporary writings of a personal nature.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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