4th July 1689

4th July 1689

A view towards Redcastle and Greencastle taken from Culmore Point at the mouth of Lough Foyle.

 

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:

 

“Thursday 4th [July 1689] I dined this day on board the Major-General, to whom came off one Mr Hamilton, who the day before was driven among the rest of the Protestants under the walls of Derry. He says that the Derry people received into the town all the young lusty fellows, erected a gallows on their walls, and sent word to the Irish, that in case they did not immediately permit the poor women and children &c., to retire home to their respective quarters, they would immediately hang upon the gallows on the wall all their prisoners, among which are several people of quality and note. This threat made the Irish let all the Protestants go home again. The enemies made very advantageous offers to the town to surrender, but they would not hearken to them saying they have provisions enough for one month more, before which time they were well assured to be delivered; if not, that they would live on dogs and cats sooner than ever trust to their faithless offers and promises. This night the Greyhound returned from Lough Swilly”.

 

[The Greyhound had been sent round the Inishowen peninsula, along with some other ships, to Inch Island in Lough Swilly to “cause a diversion to the enemies”)