William 111, Assassination Plot, The George Barclay Conspiracy
In November 1695, James believed that there was good support for him in England and commissioned Sir George Barclay to organise a rising. William was to be ambushed as he returned to Kensington from hunting in Richmond. At the same time, a small fleet would assemble at Calais which would bring James over to England. However, when it became known to a number of the conspirators that assassination was the intention, this was more than they could stomach, notably Captain Prendergrass and William was notified.
While James waited at Calais, Barclay escaped by ship, leaving nine principal conspirators to be rounded up.
During the campaign in Ireland, William gave repeated orders that James, his father-in-law should not be harmed or seized. The medal implies that James did not have the same attitude towards William and he is charged with having encouraged the assassination plot.
In the biblical context David's forbearance towards his father-in-law, Saul is well known.
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