Martyrs Memorial L.O.L.No. 213 Oxford
James II escapes to France
While advancing towards London, the astounding news that James was still in England was brought to William. It was thought that James had escaped to France. It appeared that James had fled towards Sheerness by carriage where a ship awaited him, ready for the trip to France. However a storm caused a delay in the ships departure and James, whose appearance had caused some suspicion among the local people, was taken ashore. He was recognised despite his disguise (a wig of a different colour and shape from the one he usually wore). William, who was at Windsor at the time, was very unhappy to hear this news because the presence of James made his prospects for taking the throne much more difficult. James was told to remain at Rochester but had already set out for London, where he was made aware that William was the ruler of England, and that he must leave London.
Two days after arriving in London James was escorted to the river and an awaiting barge and then conveyed to Rochester, where every means was taken to aid his escape, because as long as he remained in England William's task was made more embarrassing and difficult. When the news of James's, allowed, escape to France on the evening of Saturday, December 22nd was reported to him, William was a very relieved and happy man.