An Account of the most Remarkable Occurrences relating to London-Derry. With a Relation of the signal Defeat given to the French and Irish Papists, May 5. 1689.

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SIR,

IN my former I gave you an Account of the late King's coming before London-Derry, and what afterwards happen'd, till the 23d. of April, when Kilmore was surrendred, at which time Col. Lundee, their then Governour, that very Morn­ing made his escape. It now remains, that I give a Relation of what has fallen out since, and of the condition of the place.

The Besieged having rejected all Offers made them by the late King, and provok'd the Besiegers in divers Sallies, as also being uncertain when Relief would arrive from England, resolv'd to put them­selves into the best posture they could, and to that purpose unanimoussy declar'd their Resolutions to Live and Die with their new Governours, Mr. George Walker, and Mr. Henry Baker, and to submit with an entire Obedience to their Conduct and Com­mands for defence of the City.

In the first place, they examin'd the Publick Trea­sury, where they expected to have found the five hundred Pounds sent them from London by Captain Beverly, in the first Ship that brought them Arms and Ammunition, and a far greater Sum, but the Birds were flown. Then they took a view of the Ammunition and Stores, and found near 500 Barrels of Powder untouch'd, Ball and Match sufficient, as also Bu [...]ts for their great Guns, of which they have 24 mounted upon the Bastions of the Walls, upon the Tower of the Church two, and eight within the City, that is to say, one at each Gate, and one at each corner of the Market-House in the middle of the City, and fronting each Gate.

In the third place, they made inspection into the Stores of Provisions, and found a vast quantity of Wheat, Meal, Oatmeal, Beef, Bacon, Salt, Sal­mon, and Butter, Cheese, Mault, Beer, Brandy, &c. which was all inventory'd, and put into Pub­lick Store-Houses, with Guards set over them. Also all Merchants, and Tradesmen, to prevent imbezel­ling their Wares and Merchandizes, took Inventories of their several Goods, and carry'd them into Publick Store-Houses, which are guarded Night and Day.

Moreover, upon a Mu [...]er of all that bore Arms, they were found to be about 12000, which are all form'd into Regiments and Companies, every Regi­ment under a Col. Lieutenant Col. Major, and Cap­tain, &c. amounting to 17 in all. The Colonels are,

  • Col. George Walker, Governours.
  • Col. Henry Baker, Governours.
  • Col. Adam Murray, General of the Field, who upon Enterprizes Commands in Chief, and Orders all the Sallies.
  • Col. Hugh Hammel.
  • Col. Tho. Whitney.
  • Col. Henry Muroco.
  • Col. Henry Croft [...]n.
  • Col. Michael Bourn.
  • Col. Alexander Sanderson. of Tyrone, &c.

Eight more, whose Names I do not at present re­member.

Tho. Johnson is also made Mayor of the Town.

All the Women and Children that brought no Subsistance along with them into the City, nor could give any account of themselves; as also many that are unfit to bear Arms, were put out of the Town just before the Siege began, which was one reason that they have so many now in Arms, in regard that many who brought no Subsistance into the Town, rather than be turn'd out of the Gates, gladly took up Arms to earn their Subsistance. But of Two Thousand Horse, which after the Protestants wer, broken at Clawde-Ford, march'd into London-Derry, there are not now a hundred left for want of Forrage which constrain'd them to turn the Horses out of the Gates, the greatest part of which fell into the Ene­mies hands, only some few are still left that graze under the Protection of the City Canon, which the Irish however now and then pick up, as often as they dare adventure, and for which as often they pay very dearly, being either shot Dead, Wounded, or taken Prisoners.

The great Gates of the City are barricado'd with­in-side with huge pieces of Timber; the Keys are kept at the main Guard, and eight Captains, two to a Gate, are upon the Watch every Night. When there is occasion, the Keys are not to be deliver'd, as was usual, to a Sergeant, but into the hands of the Cap­tains that guard the particular Post.

Two Regiments are upon Duty every night, and upon the least Alarum they are all to repair to the Walls, without expecting any other Orders.

There are in the Town five Ministers who have the Commands of so many Companies, and have every one of them given signal Proofs of their Valour; particularly one Mr. Christopher Jenny.

The private Souldiers are all in good Heart; the Allowance to each Man for a Week, being a Salmon and a half, two pound of Beef, and four Quarts of Oate-meal. Good strong Beer is also order'd to be sold at a Penny a Quart, though not to the Souldiers after eight at Night, to avoid Disorders.

Blinds are also set up by the Command of she Go­vernours, to secure the Men upon the Walls from the Enemies Battery.

There is in Derry one Col. Darus, of Plattin, in the County of Meath, who is kept a Prisoner, as ha­ving been taken at Chappel in Scotland, and was one that commanded in the Recruits sent by Tyrconnel to the late King into England. General Hamilton has wrote several Letters to the Governours to have this Captain set at Liberty, but they do not think fit to part with him; nevertheless they use him civilly.

The Irish also very much lament the loss of Ma­jor Robert Nangle (the Son of Tory Nangle, that was shot at Longford-Bridge) who together with two Troopers was drown'd, while they endeavour'd to get over the Pass at Cladee-Ford. 'Tis also believed, that Col. Dominic Sheldon is dead of the Wounds he received in one of the Sallies made by the Besieged, from the hands of one Mr. Arthur Ivory, a brisk young Gentleman, who fought the Colonel hand to hand, till at length two of the Irish coming in to the Colonel's Rescue, shot the Gentleman dead.

The late King has made Col. Charles Moor Go­vernour of Colraine, where he keeps with a Garri­son, consisting of a Thousand Men. The Marquess of Antrim is made Governour of Carrick Fergus, which has the same number of Souldiers to defend it. And Gourdon O Neale is also made Governour of Charlemont, tho' not having with him above 200 Souldiers.

Chester. The last Week arrived here a Vessel from Ireland with Passengers, who credibly Report, that the Late King, having received Advice from the Camp before Derry, that they were not a num­ber strong enough to Storm the City, no [...] to with­stand the Enemy, should they have Succours from [Page 2] England, and besides, that they wanted Amn unition and great Guns, gave Orders for a considerable Re­cruit to march Northward; but that when they came within two days March of Derry, the Regi­ment commanded by young Sir Maurice Eustace in the County of Kildare, and some other Regiments, fell into a desperate Mutiny, swearing by their Shouls they would not go to the King's Slaughter-House to be kill'd, as the French Generals, Sir Patrick Dowdel, Major Taaff, and the rest had been; and that they would rather turn to the Protestants, and serve King William, than be Slaves to the French. Upon which, hundreds of them ran away, and betook themselves to the Boggs and Mountains.

On Saturday, May the 18th. arrived from Dub­lin, at Dawpool, betwixt Chester and Liver-pool, one Can, Master of a Ve [...]sel belonging to those Parts, on Board of whom were many Passengers, who had all of th [...] Pa [...]ses, for which they paid at the Se­cretaries O [...]e in Dublin 3 l. 10 s. for every indivi­dual Per [...]on, though most were Women and Chil­dren. They [...] Dublin the 15th. and bring Advice, That on the [...]th [...] Order came from the late King, to grant [...] [...]ore Pa [...]es. They also say further, That the Duke of T [...]nel was at Chappel Izard, but [...] ill of the Black Jaundies, and of a Shot in his Shoulder, and a Wound in his Hand, that the Phy [...]ic [...]ans had given him over, as past Re­covery. Th [...] Mr. [...]itz-James is dead, and many of the Souldiers die daily (they fear of the Plague) in the Camp; for that having no Salt, they are for­ced to hang what Flesh they kill, on the Trees to dry, which hath bred many Distempers amongst them. On Monday the 13th. another Reinforce­ment march'd from Dublin towards the Camp be­fore Derry, with two Cannon, a very large Morter-Piece, and [...]ome large Bombs. The Mortar piece [...] drawn by sixteen good Horses; but [...]as they [...] drawing it up C [...]rk-hill, the Chains broke, and the Piece roul'd back again to the bottom, which made one of the Officers Major Barker, swear a bloody Oath he believed they were bewitched, and to curse a Protstant Gentleman that stood near, with the appellation of a Heretick Witch, &c.

Some of these Passengers say, that the late King has lately lost many Men before Derry, and that they saw at Dublin four Velvet Coffins, wherein were the Bodies of four Great Persons that were slain before that Town, and which were privately Interred at Midnight.

Several Highlanders have attended the late King for Commissions, which they have obtained, and have promised him great things, as he has done to them, if Fortune favour them with Success.

On Thursday the 16th. Major-General Kirk, with three brave Regiments, Embarqued [...] at [...]iver-pool for London-Derry, having on Board him many Engineers and Gunners, with great store of Ammu­nition, Arms, Morters, Bombs, and a great quan­tity of Wheat Barrels of Beef, &c.

On Friday they set Sail, but the Wind did not prove so fait as was hoped; but they are still at S [...]a, or else at Denry ere this; for that they resolved to sail down the River in spight of all that could be done by the Fort of Kilmore, which they doubted not to beat about the Ears of the Irish, if they durst stay within it to make any Resistance.

After these Persons had left Dublin, Advice was brought to the late King, that 6000 Foot of the Gar­rison of London-Derry, and about 100 Horse, in two Troops, had made a Sally at Midnight upon his Camp, kill'd, wounded, and taken some thousands, and thereby had raised the Siege, and thereby had made themselves Masters again of Kilmore. Of which we expect the Confirmation every ho [...]r. And indeed there may be good [...]ason to believe it, for the last Letters from Scotland of the 17th. instant, do say, that their Advices from Ireland give Account, that London-Derry and Inniskilling hold out bravely; that the latter within these few days had made a great and vigorous Sally, in which they killed a great number of the Enemy, and made a sa [...]e Retreat into the City.

By a Vessel come into Bristol on Monday the 20th. instant, in four days from the Isle of Man, the Master whereof says, he there left divers of the Protestants newly arrived from Ireland, who do affirm, that the Irish Army, having received a Reinforcement, made a General Assault upon London-Derry last Sabbath-day was fortnight, with great fury; that the Besieged made a most gallant Defence, and with that Success, that they beat them above a Mile beyond their Camp, and kill'd some thousands, of which are many Per­sons of Quality, particulary Major-General Ramsey, and Cap. Cussack, (the Duke of Berwick not yet heard of) they had in their Camp 13 Coaches, which they fill'd, and drew off with the dead Bodies of Per­sons of Quality and Officers And so obstinate and bloudy was the Fight, and their Loss so great, that they were forced to raise the Siege, and are retreated above 40 miles, to a place called Lamlog Lis [...]neg a [...]ncy, They have since in the County of Do [...]n, and other places, most barbarously murthered many English, and give out, they daily expect Recruits, and will be Masters of London-Derry o [...] hazard the whole Army. The Ship-master afore-mentioned likewise says those he saw at the Isle of Man of the Protestants from Ireland, escaped with their Lives only, having used them barbarously.

Another Person who came Wednesday [...] from Dublin, confirms the Fight to have been very bloudy, as then related; and that the Protestants have re­gained Kilmore. So that it's believed the three Regi­ments of Major-General Kirk, Sir W. Hanmore, and Col. Stewart, with the rest of their Squadron, are all got safe into London-Derry without any Opposition, and have had a joyful meeting with those brave Souls who have stood in the Gap to save a Nation.

A Vessel is also come into the West from the Town of Lymerick, the Master says, That the Irish are ex­treamly unwilling to meet the Protestants in Battel, especially the English Army, of whom they are so afraid, that in Lymerick it self there are but 4 or 5 Companies of raw. undisciplin'd Men, not half Ar­med, who take all Opportunities to run away they can. And it's thought one Man of War, with [...] or 300 Men, might soon be Masters of the place: And that the like might be done at Galloway, and bring off that gallant Gentleman, Sir Thomas Southwell, and about 140 more of his followers, now under Condemna­tion there, for no other Crime, than their own De­fence, and being Protestants, which is now Crime enough to ballance all the Services and Loyalty Flesh and Blood can be capable of; an eminent instance of which is not many days Old.

Col. Russel of Ireland, who was Governour of Gal­loway, and commanded the best Regiment of Horse in that Kingdom, since the late King's arrival in that Kingdom, was turned out of his Government first, and soon after from his Command as Colonel; and in the height of his dissatisfaction, humbly waired on the late King, and laid before him his con [...]ant. Ser­vices to his Father, his Brother, and himself; and what an Affliction it was to him to have now his Loyalty questioned, &c. The late King told him, He must needs confess and own all he had said [...] But it was also as true, that he was now [...]nde [...] Circum­stances that would not permit him to trust a [...] Man [...]tf his Profession, viz. A Protestant of the Church of England.

London: Printed for Richard Baldwin, near the Black Bu [...]l in the Old-Baily. MDCLXXXIX

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