1st August 1689

1st August 1689

The castle on Inch Island, in Lough Swilly, County Donegal.

 

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:

 

 

“Thursday, the First of August, 1689. This morning we did not see the enemies’ vidette ( Vidette or Vedette: a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an army)on the tops of the hills, where he was wont to be, or could we discern any horse or men. We were very willing to believe they had packed up pack and package and so retired. About eight o’clock several people came over the strand, and said that the enemy was retired from the usual quarters on this side the hills. Before noon several both foot and horse came to us from Derry; they brought a complimentary letter to the Major-General, and acquainted him of the enemies being retired, having first burned all before them. They continued here all night with us by reason of extraordinary windy and rainy weather.”