IT’LL BE ALRIGHT ON THE FRIGHT
THE IRISH FRIGHT
With tensions between Catholics and Protestants at breaking point in 1688, an incident such as the Irish Fright was perhaps inevitable. Rumours circulated that Irish soldiers – supporters of the deposed (and Catholic) James II – planned to pillage their way through England, “putting all before them to fire and sword,” as one bishop put it. Fear of the Irish had become so deeply established that tens of thousands of men across London and at least 19 counties mobilised and prepared for a fight that was never coming.