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Queen Mary II

(1662-1694), Reigned with William III 1689-94

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 97 portraits
The eldest daughter of James, Duke of York, later James II, and Anne Hyde. Mary married the Dutch prince William of Orange at St James's Palace in 1677, and returned with him to The Netherlands. In the dilemma of the 1688 Revolution she supported her husband and Protestantism rather than her Catholic father, and was invited to return to England in 1689 to share the monarchy with William. She proved a wise and effective ruler, especially during William's absences at war, and her many charitable schemes included the College of William and Mary

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John T. Spike, PhD

04 February 2018, 18:15

The College of William and Mary has never been known as the 'William and Mary Missionary College', to the best of our knowledge. Rev. James Blair, the first President, was also an Anglican missionary, which may be the cause of the confusion in whichever source your website consulted.
The name of the College is carefully spelled out in the Royal Charter of 1693, as follows:

From: The History of the College of William and Mary,
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2010, p. 36.

That their Majesties had most graciously pleased upon the humble supplication
of the Generall Assembly, by their charter, being dated the eighth day of February , in the fourth year of their reign, to grant their royall lycence certaine trustees, to make, found, erect and establish a college named the College of William and Mary, in Virginia, at a certaine place within this government known by the name of Townsend's Land, and heretofore appointed by the General Assembly. And for…

Further: Página 38

Queen Mary, to whom Mr. Blair first unfolded the object of his visit, was well
pleased with the noble design, and zealously espoused it. William concurred with
her, and they gave "out of the quit- rents" two thousand pounds towards the
building. Mr. Blair was directed to convey to Seymour, the Attorney General, the
royal commands to issue the charter. " Seymour remonstrated against this
liberality, upon the ground that the nation was engaged in an expensive war; that

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