QUEEN ANNE (ENGLAND) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED AUGUST 1702 CO-SIGNED BY: DUKE JAMES DOUGLAS OF QUEENSBERRY II - HFSID 348011
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QUEEN ANNE OF GREAT BRITAIN and LORD HIGH COMMISSIONER JAMES DOUGLAS
Two powerful government figures of the British Isles signed this military document in August 1702
Military Appointment Signed: "Anne R." in top-left corner and "Queensbury" in bottom-right corner. One page. 10x14 with a paper seal affixed to the bottom, blocking part of the date. Dated August 1702. Includes two plaques and a color printed image of the Queen within the frame. In Part: "Anne By the grace of God Queen of Scotland England France & Ireland; Defender of the faith…" Anne (1665-1714) became Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland just five months before this commission. Five years later, England and Scotland were united by the Acts of Union, becoming known together as Great Britain. In Europe at this time, it was particularly important what faith was practiced. Religious wars between Christian denominations were persistent. Anne's own father James II was removed from office due to his suspected Roman Catholicism. Her older sister then became Queen; after her sister Mary II and cousin William III passed away (in 1694 and 1702 respectively), Anne became Queen. She was strongly Anglican, the denomination in power at that time. When this document was signed, James Douglas (1662-1711) was 2nd Duke of Queensbury and Lord High Commissioner. In the position of Lord High Commissioner, he was Queen Anne's representative to the Parliament of Scotland. He served in the position from 1700 to 1704 and again from 1706 to 1707. With the adoption of the Acts of Union in 1707, the post was made obsolete and Douglas became the last person to serve as Lord High Commissioner. Page creased at folds and lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31½x26.
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