5th August 1689

5th August 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:


“4th [August 1689]. Major Gen. Kirk came to Derry accompanied by Col. Stuart and several English officers. They alighted at Bishop’s-gate, and went through Bishop’s-street, the Diamond, and Butcher’s-street, to Governor Mitchelburn’s. The Governors Mitchelburn and Walker were with him, one on each hand; the sword and mace were borne before by Lieut.-Col. Campsey and Mr. John Moore : Alderman Squire and Alderman Cocker had their gowns on, in company with a great many persons of all sorts.


A guard was formed on both sides of the street, the officers standing at the head of their poor half-starved soldiers, all the way from Bishop’s-gate to Governor Mitchelburn’s house, where Major. Gen. Kirk dined. After dinner, he, accompanied with the English officers and the officers of the garrison, went to the Windmill. He was mounted on a white mare of Col. Mitchelburn’s, which he had saved all the Siege. He gave directions for encamping the men who came this day from Inch, and for those who were to come; which done, he and his retinue returned to Inch.


From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:


“Sunday 4th [August 1689]. A detachment of 72 men was ordered out of every regiment to march over to Londonderry, there to encamp and make up huts for the several regiments against they arrive; it being now resolved to encamp our whole forces upon Wind-mill Hill, leaving only the sick and 200 men more with six guns in the isle of Inch.


About eleven o’clock a.m., the Major-General with several officers went to Derry; he was received at the gates by Doctor Walker the Governor and Col. Mitchelburn, who offered him the keys. The sword and mace were also presented, which the Major-General very courteously returned to the officers that presented them. All the soldiers were drawn up in the high streets, the cannon all round the walls discharging, great acclamations of joy were heard from every part of the town. The very sick, of which there are many, that had not stirred many weeks, would crawl to the doors and windows, and cry “God bless us and prosper us; that it was a great while they longed for to see us.” The Governors treated the General with a very good dinner considering the times; small sour beer, milk and water, with some little quantity of brandy, was and is the best of our liquors.”