26th July 1689

26th July 1689

From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:

 

“26th [July 1689]. An oath is imposed that every one shall give a true account of what provisions they have, and a week’s competency is allowed them according to their families, and the remainder is taken to the store-house.

 


An experiment was tried on a cow at Ship-quay. She was tied and smeared with tar, and a tow stuck to it, which was set on fire to make her roar, thinking that the enemy’s cows which were grazing in the orchard would come to her. But she was not tied fast enough for when the tow took fire and was blazing about her, she made off, and was going to the orchard. 
But our men shot her from the wall and killed her; she belonged to Mr Gravet.

The Council thought fit to release Ensign Cartie and the other two, who were much hurt with the powder, and incapable of doing us much hurt this campaign.”