Battle of the Boyne

The Battle of the Boyne was fought in 1690 between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones – the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William (who had deposed James in 1688).  It was fought across the River Boyne near Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland.  The battle as won by William and marked the end of James's attempt to regain his crown.  It took place on 11 July 1690, but today, commemorations are held on 12 July.