Day 346 King William’s Chair (Photo A Day 2012)

William's Chair

This is the chair  that King William III of Orange (King Billy) used when he attended a service in St George’s Church on High St Belfast in 1690 on his way from Carrickfergus to his encounter with James II at the river Boyne Co Meath. St George’s has a strong connection  with another pivotal figure in Irish history. Henry Joy McCracken, one of the leaders of the 1798 United Irishmen’s revolt against British rule, was initially buried in St. George’s churchyard after his execution at nearby Cornmarket. He was later reburied a short distance away at the historic Clifton Street graveyard.

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