On This Day in Trinity House History – 14 August


Charles II takes exception to an Elder Brother

Charles II demands the expulsion of an Elder Brother, Lawrence Moyer:

Charles II portrait at Trinity House

Charles II portrait at Trinity House

“Trusty and Wellbeloved wee greete you well, being very well informed of the severall high missdemeanours and disloyall carriages of Lawrence Moyer of Low Leyton in our County of Essex a member and (as wee understand a present Warden of your Corporacon) of which wee hold him most unfitt to continue therein, or to enjoy any office or place of trust, Our will and pleasure therefore is that you immediately discharge the said Moyer, not only from his Wardenshippe but from being any longer a member of the Society and Corporacon of the Trinity House, to these our Comands wee shall expect your Conformity, and for soe doeing this shall be your Warrant, given at our Court at Whitehall the 14 day of August 1661.

By his Majesty’s Comand, Edwd. Nicholls”

Charles II, looking to ensure loyalty to the Crown after the upheaval that had removed his father’s head, had heard that Moyer (a Republican) had hesitated in swearing the oath of supremacy, a strict requirement post-Interregnum. Charles heard about Moyer’s hesitation and demanded his expulsion, which the Elder Brethren resisted for three years. The king got his way eventually, however, and Moyer was expelled on 22 July 1663.

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