3rd July 1689

3rd July 1689

“Rainstorm over the Sea” by John Constable.
From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:
“Wednesday 3rd [July 1689] Early this morning the Major-General, hearing that the enemies had driven all the poor Protestants under the walls of Derry, thinking thereby to force them to surrender, or that out of compassion they would receive them into the town, which in a short time would consume their provisions and make them surrender, he ordered some of his men in two boats to land at the Parson’s house where the dragoons were quartered. He plundered the same and brought off about forty poor people, which afterwards were sent into Scotland. This alarmed the enemy very much thinking we had landed a much greater force, so that before night I perceived three battalions of foot march from this side of Culmore where they encamped.”