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All the world Fightings Ships. Cosmopolitan Naval Annual. by Fred T. Jane

By Fred T. Jane

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This Act placed the army on a constitutional basis and regulated the position of the Crown in regard to the raising and maintenance of a standing army. It stated in the terms of the Declaration of Right, that it was illegal to raise or keep such an army without the consent of Parliament, and declared that whereas it is judged necessary by Their Majesties and diis present Parliament diat, during diis time of danger, several of the forces which are now on foot should be continued, and others raised for the safety of the kingdom, for die common defence of die protestant religion, and for die reducing of Ireland.

But, whatever Parliament's aversion to a standing army may have been, disturbances in London, the threat of trouble in Scotland, and the necessity of throwing a garrison into Tangiers, prevented the total disbandment of all the then existing regiments. The King was allowed to keep garrisons in certain fortified places and to retain some of the regiments which had helped the cause of the Restoration. He 16 PARLIAMENT AND THE ARMY seized the opportunity which these difficulties afforded, and raised the strength of the troops before long to some five thousand men.

1 The situation changed again after the death of Queen Anne, when the King of Hanover came to the throne as George I. He was a Protestant, and the threat of the Jacobite invasion rallied the Whig party to his support, while the Tories were suspected of dealings with the Pretender. Tory 1 Oliver, The Endless Adventure, 1710-27, pp. 157, 279. 42 PARLIAMENT AND THE ARMY officers were dismissed, and Whig officers recalled from half pay. New regiments of dragoons and of infantry were ordered to be raised, while the militia was embodied.

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