4th July 1689

4th July 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:

 

“4 [July 1689] The French General and Col Hamilton, finding we did not receive the Protestants into the garrison as they had expected, and dreading their friends would suffer here for their harsh dealings with the Protestants, as their prisoners had wrote them would be their fate: and great animosities between the Protestants and Catholics having arisen in their camp concerning it, they thought it proper to suffer the Protestants to depart, and gave them provisions and money, which was distributed among them on the strand beyond the gallows in the evening. Many of our sick men and women thought to have taken the advantage and gone with their friends into the country; but the enemy, with Argus eyes, soon observed by their faces and legs to what place they belonged, and would not let them go; tho’ some got away unknown, and some of those who had been driven by the enemy staid with us. So that I think our number is much the same, but our situations are very different; here we want liberty and food-in the country I presume they have both.


They shot 14 bombs that day, which killed a boy, and wounded a woman.”