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Portal World-The Netherlands-United Kingdom

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Portal World - The Netherlands - United Kingdom

Project: Dutch Roots/Dutch_Portal_World-The_Netherlands

Our Goal is to create a Portal or place for members from all over the World with 'Dutch Roots', or without the 'Roots' but interested in the Netherlands-United Kingdom connection, where they can find everything that's helpful or interesting.



  • Wikipedia - Netherlands - United Kingdom relations The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have a strong political and economic partnership. Over forty Dutch towns and cities are twinned with British towns and cities. Linguistic ties include the fact that both English and Dutch are West Germanic languages, with West Frisian, a minority language in the Netherlands being the closest relative of the English Language if one excludes Scots, which is sometimes considered a dialect of English. In addition, between 90% and 93% of people in the Netherlands claim to speak English while a negligible percentage of British people can speak Dutch

Notable People

William II, Prince of Orange
  • Wikipedia - William II, Prince of Orange (27 May 1626 – 6 November 1650) William II was sovereign Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from 14 March 1647 until his death three years later. His only child, William III, reigned as King of England, Ireland, and Scotland. On 2 May 1641, William married Mary, Princess Royal, who was the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England, in the Chapel Royal of Whitehall Palace in London. William was fifteen, while Mary was just nine at that time.
Mary, Princess Royal and
Princess of Orange
  • Wikipedia - Mary II of England (Mary Henrietta; 4 November 1631 – 24 December 1660) Mary, Princess Royal was Princess of Orange and Countess of Nassau by marriage to Prince William II, and co-regent for her son during his minority as Sovereign Prince of Orange from 1651 to 1660. She was the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland and his wife, Henrietta Maria of France. Her only child, William succeeded her husband as Prince of Orange-Nassau and later reigned as King of England, Ireland and Scotland. Mary was the first daughter of a British sovereign to hold the title Princess Royal.
William III of England
  • Wikipedia - William III of England (Dutch: Willem; 4 November 1650 – 8 March 1702), William III also widely known as William of Orange, was sovereign Prince of Orange from birth, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overijssel in the Dutch Republic from 1672 and King of England, Ireland and Scotland from 1689 until his death in 1702. William inherited the principality of Orange from his father, William II, who died a week before William's birth. His mother, Mary, was the daughter of King Charles I of England. In 1677, he married his fifteen-year-old first cousin, Mary, the daughter of his maternal uncle James, Duke of York.
A Protestant, William participated in several wars against the powerful Catholic king of France, Louis XIV, in coalition with Protestant and Catholic powers in Europe. Many Protestants heralded him as a champion of their faith. In 1685, his Catholic father-in-law, James, Duke of York, became king of England, Ireland and Scotland. James's reign was unpopular with the Protestant majority in Britain. William, supported by a group of influential British political and religious leaders, invaded England in what became known as the "Glorious Revolution". On 5 November 1688, he landed at the southern English port of Brixham. James was deposed and William and Mary became joint sovereigns in his place. They reigned together until her death on 28 December 1694, after which William ruled as sole monarch.
Mary II of England
  • Wikipedia - Mary II of England (30 April 1662 – 28 December 1694) Mary II was joint monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland with her husband and first cousin, William III of Orange, from 1689 until her death. William and Mary, both Protestants, became king and queen regnant following the Glorious Revolution, which resulted in the adoption of the English Bill of Rights and the deposition of her Roman Catholic father, James II and VII. William became sole ruler upon her death in 1694. Popular histories usually refer to their joint reign as that of "William and Mary". Mary wielded less power than William when he was in England, ceding most of her authority to him, though he heavily relied on her. She did, however, act alone when William was engaged in military campaigns abroad, proving herself to be a powerful, firm, and effective ruler.
  • Wikipedia - William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland Hans William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, Baron Bentinck of Diepenheim and Schoonheten, KG, PC (20 July 1649, Diepenheim, Overijssel – 23 November 1709, Bulstrode Park, Buckinghamshire) was a Dutch and English nobleman who became in an early stage the favourite of William III. William (now King of England) made Bentinck Groom of the Stole, first gentleman of the bedchamber, and a Privy Counsellor. In April 1689 he was created Baron Cirencester, Viscount Woodstock and, in its second creation, Earl of Portland. Bentinck's main work was of a diplomatic nature. In 1690.
  • Wikipedia - Arnold van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle Arnold Joost van Keppel, Van_Keppel-8 1st Earl of Albemarle, KG, and lord of De Voorst in Guelders (Gelderland) ([ˈɑrnɔlt joːst vɑn ˈkɛ.pəl]; baptized 30 January 1670, Zutphen – 30 May 1718), was the son of Oswald van Keppel and his wife Anna Geertruid van Lintelo. He achieved fame and wealth as the right-hand man of William III of Orange. Keppel received grants of land from the king. He became Groom of the Bedchamber and Master of the Robes in 1695. In 1696, he was created the Viscount Bury in Lancashire, and the Baron Ashford of Ashford, Kent. On 10 February 1697, William made Van Keppel the Earl of Albemarle. In 1699, he was awarded the command of the First Life Guards. After the death of William III, who bequeathed to him ƒ200,000 and the lordship of Bredevoort, Albemarle returned to the Netherlands, took his seat as a noble in the States-General, and became a general of cavalry in the Dutch army. Among his direct descendants are both wives of Prince Charles (Diana, Princess of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall) both are his 7xGreat Granddaughters

Immigration and Emigration

Dutch Settlements

Dutch settlement in England is well known, the Dutch are supposed to be the closest relatives of the English and Frisian is the closest language to ours, in fact if you go visit Frisland and speak Anglo-Saxon they will understand you! So when the Dutch came to live here it was a bit like relatives coming over!, the influences of the Dutch on English history a fairly interesting when considered in the context of our ancestral connections, kind of like another wave of Anglo-Saxons, this time to rescue us from the Catholic church in the form of William of Orange.

Dutch Companies

Dutch Organizations

  • is a listing of Dutch Societies, Clubs, Associations, Schools etcetera in the United Kingdom (UK) – England and Scotland (we have no information from Wales as yet); plus links to entities of interest to Dutch nationals in the UK.
  • Anglo-Netherlands Society Looking for an Anglo-Dutch Club or Society, an association of Britons and Nederlanders together, in London, the Home Counties, anywhere in the UK? Seek no further! For over 95 years the Anglo-Netherlands Society has worked to develop goodwill and understanding between the peoples of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Society has as its purpose the promotion of the social, artistic, literary, educational, scientific and other interests that the Dutch and the British have in common. It is a non-party-political, non-profit making organization with a national remit, based in London, and run by voluntary effort.


  • Wikipedia - Anglo-Dutch Wars The Anglo-Dutch wars (Engels–Nederlandse Oorlogen or Engelse Zeeoorlogen) were a series of conflicts fought, on one side, by the Dutch States (the Dutch Republic, later the Batavian Republic) and, on the other side, first by England (the Commonwealth of England and then the Kingdom of England) and later by the Kingdom of Great Britain/the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. They were predominantly fought in the second half of the 17th century, mainly over trade and overseas colonies. Almost all the battles were fought at sea.
  • Wikipedia - First Anglo-Dutch War The First Anglo-Dutch War, or, simply, the First Dutch War, (Dutch: Eerste Engels oorlog "First English War") (1652–54) was a conflict fought entirely at sea between the navies of the Commonwealth of England and the United Provinces of the Netherlands. Caused by disputes over trade, the war began with English attacks on Dutch merchant shipping, but expanded to vast fleet actions. Ultimately, it resulted in the English Navy gaining control of the seas around England, and forced the Dutch to accept an English monopoly on trade with England and her colonies.
  • Wikipedia - Second Anglo-Dutch War The Second Anglo-Dutch War (4 March 1665 – 31 July 1667), or the Second Dutch War (Dutch: Tweede Engelse Oorlog "Second English War") was a conflict fought between England and the Dutch Republic for control over the seas and trade routes, where England tried to end the Dutch domination of world trade during a period of intense European commercial rivalry. After initial English successes, the war ended in a Dutch victory. It was the second of a series of naval wars fought between the English (later British) and the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Wikipedia - Third Anglo-Dutch War The Third Anglo-Dutch War or the Third Dutch War (Dutch: Derde Engelse Oorlog "Third English War", or Derde Engelse Zeeoorlog "Third English Sea War") was a military conflict between the Kingdom of England and the Dutch Republic, that lasted between April 1672 and early 1674. It was part of the larger conflict between the Dutch Republic and her allies (the Quadruple Alliance) and France, and the third of a series of naval wars between the English and the Dutch. In 1670, Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France concluded the secret Treaty of Dover, intending to subjugate the Dutch state. England's Royal Navy joined France in its attack on the Republic in 1672, but was frustrated in its attempts to blockade the Dutch coast by four strategic victories of Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. An attempt to make the province of Holland an English protectorate rump state likewise failed. The Parliament of England, fearful that the alliance with France was part of a plot to make England Roman Catholic, forced the king to abandon the costly and fruitless war.
  • Wikipedia - Fourth Anglo-Dutch War The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (Dutch: Vierde Engels-Nederlandse Oorlog; 1780–1784) was a conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Dutch Republic. The war, contemporary with the War of American Independence, broke out over British and Dutch disagreements on the legality and conduct of Dutch trade with Britain's enemies in that war. Although the Dutch Republic did not enter into a formal alliance with the United States and their allies, U.S. ambassador (and future President) John Adams managed to establish diplomatic relations with the Dutch Republic, making it the second European country to diplomatically recognize the Continental Congress in April 1782. In October 1782, a treaty of amity and commerce was concluded as well. Most of the war consisted of a series of British operations against Dutch colonial economic interests, although British and Dutch naval forces also met once off the Dutch coast. The war ended disastrously for the Dutch and exposed the weakness of the political and economic foundations of the Republic.
  • Wikipedia - Scots Brigade The Scots Brigade, also referred to as the Anglo-Dutch Brigade, was an infantry brigade first formed in the 1580s that served in the army of the Dutch Republic. Despite the name, it usually comprised six infantry regiments, three being recruited primarily from Scotland and three from England but also contained large numbers of local recruits. It was finally dissolved in 1782 and its regiments absorbed into the regular Dutch army. The Dutch fight for independence from Spain in the Eighty Years' War of 1568–1648 attracted support from Protestants across Europe. Scottish and English 'independent companies' appear as early as 1578 but it was not until after the Treaty of Nonsuch that an Anglo-Dutch Brigade was formed by the Earl of Leicester in 1586, comprising three English and three Scottish regiments. While Leicester's expedition was a political and military disaster, the Brigade existed in various forms until its dissolution in 1782. Those officers who resigned their commissions in 1782 continued to petition the British government for the Brigade to be reconstituted in some form. Finally in October 1794, 23 former Brigade officers joined a new unit raised for service in India, 94th Foot, the "Scotch" Brigade. The 94th assumed the battle honours and colours of the Brigade until 1881 when it became part of the Connaught Rangers; the regimental colours can now be seen in St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh with copies also in the Netherlands. Over the years many ex-soldiers settled in the Netherlands, among them former commander Hugh Mackay whose son, nephews and grandsons all served with the Brigade. This branch ultimately became hereditary Chiefs of Clan Mackay and continue to hold the titles of Lord Reay in the Scottish peerage and Lord of Ophemert and Zennewijnen in the Netherlands. Other less distinguished descendants included Dutch Colonial Army Captain Rudolf MacLeod, who in 1895 became the husband of Mata Hari when she responded to his advertisement for a wife.


  • The Dutch Church in London began in 1550. The Protestant refugees from the Netherlands were then given permission by English King Edward VI to form a congregation.
  • Scots International Church Rotterdam - As far back as 1643 there was a need for a church for Scots people living in Rotterdam, involved in the textile industry, the military and sea-faring. Since then many ordained ministers from Scotland have served here. After the previous building was destroyed in a bombing raid in 1940, the Church of Scotland agreed to rebuild the ‘Scots Kirk’ after the war. In 1996 - the same year the Erasmus bridge was completed, linking the two sides of the city - this church adopted an international identity to be a bridge to people of all cultures. Historic photos can be found on their website gallery page. Indices of baptisms, marriages and members between 1643 and 1899 can be found on the above website. Article: "Historic Scots church celebrates 375 years in the Netherlands" [1]


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