THE Newest and Best Newes FROM IRELAND.

Being a true Relation of a bloody Battell, wherein 18000. of the Rebells were slaine by the great Valour of the English and Scots, under the Command of the Right Honorable,

  • The L. Dungarvan.
  • Generall Lesley.
  • Sir Simon Harcourt.
  • Sir Wil. Coortee.
  • Sir Charles Lucas.
  • Mr. Francis Moore.

Expressed in a letter sent from Colonel Plunquet, Lieutenant generall of the Province of Lemster, to the Lord Phelim O-Neale, Generall of the Rebells.

Lemster, February 13. 1641.

The number of our men there slaine, is not yet certainly knowne.

LONDON, Printed for R. C. 1642.

THE Relation OF A Victorious Battell fought neere Dublin, by an Army of English and Scots, to the great terror and over­throw of the Rebells.

I Render your Honour right hum­ble and hearty thankes for your good opinion of my merit and de­serving, and promoting mee so far uncapable and unworthy of that honourable place of trust and authotity, to be your Honours Colonell Lieutenant generall of the Province of Lemster; which place of trust so committed to my care and fidedlity, I will to the best of my ability discharge, with all diligence and integrity. I am commanded humbly to present to your Honor, the pre­sent estate of the Army; and what hath passed [Page] since I had the honour and favour to bee Lieu­tenant: When first I came to my charge, I mustred the Army, and framed to a posture of warre, to defend that Province from the invasion of our enemies, and to bee in a readi­nesse upon occasion to take the field against them. Since which time wee have made ma­ny incursions and sallies out upon our Ad­versaries, by which good service hath beene done. After which, according to your Ho­nours directions we led forth our Army into the Province of Dublin, where we encamped neere Dregheda; of which Towne, Charles Lord Moore is Lord Vicount; where at a Crete or Cottage, we placed Colonell Art Roe Mac Mahon, with about two thousand men, a mile distance, or thereabouts from the Towne, and quartered the rest of our Armie neere adiacent about the Towne: during the time of our encamping there, a Captaine of the English, Mr. Francis Moore, with a Troop of Horse, and a company of Foot, made out of the Towne; and the day being very gloomy and misty, wee could not discover them; by which opportunity they passed by us, and marched towards the Crete wherein was the said Colonell Art Roe Mac Mahon, and his company, where they assaulted the same, and by misfortune tooke the said Colonel, whom the said Moore with his owne hand at an ad­vange, [Page] slew, and divers other [...] they tooke pri­soners: which was the gre [...]test losse wee have sustained since I was there Commander, wee having obtained farre greater enterprises a­gainst them.

From this place we with-drew our For­ces, and marched to ioyne with the whole bo­dy of the Army in the Province of Dublin, under the command of the right Honourable and noble Colonells and Captaines, the Lord Mount Garret, Mount Delvin, Don Luci, Mount Cargena, Mount Limbrey, and Captain Oneale, and others, which we happily atchie­ved, and were willingly and nobly entertained Then fell we all that were Officers into Con­sultation of drawing up heads of our desires and demands to the King concerning our Re­ligion and the government of this Kingdome, which wee at length concluded upon, and agreed to present the same to the Lords of the Councell in Dublin, by them to bee conside­red of and transported by them into England, there to bee ratified and confirmed by the King and State there, as well as the State of this Kingdome, which since hath beene reie­cted; whereupon wee tooke the field, and ran­ked our Army in good order for battell, and then marched towards Dublin; but in the way were met with an Army of English and Scots, under the Command of the Lord Dun­garvan, [Page] Generall Lesle, Sir Simon Harcourt, Sir William Cootre, Sir Charles Lucas, and o­thers, which we could not avoid, but took the field, where was a most cruell battell fought between us, lasting two dayes, where we lost Eighteene Thousand men; but iustly wee cannot yet tell how many were slaine on the enemies part, which misfortunate slaughter much weakened our Army; yet were wee a­gaine much comforted, when we heard of ayde and Assistance comming to us from the King of Spaine, of Men, Ammunition and Money, in Seven ships of the Dunkerks; wee also have intelligence that ayde is comming from France, to helpe us, which wee earnestly de­sire; It also reioyceth us that his Holinesse the Pope is not forgetfull, or unmindfull of our sufferings, and the iustnesse of our cause, and our prayers are daily for his in­crease in honour and glory, for his presents sent your Honors, and for his Banner sent us to display, which wee to the losse of our lives and fortunes will fight under, for the defence of our Religion, instituted and professed by his Holinesse, and Saint Peter.

And thus may it please your Honors, I have informed you of the proceedings of us since I had the honor to be imployed in the service of God, and the defence of our right­full priviledges and Liberties, under your Ho­nors [Page] Wisdome and Prudence, whom I wish and pray long may continue in your Hono­rable place of Government, to be the chiefest instrument of reducing our Religion and Lawes to their ancient glory, fame and re­nowne,

Your Honors Most humble and obedient Servant, Plunquett.

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