6th July 1689

6th July 1689

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet: Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July 1689:

 

“Early this morning the Major-General writes me a letter desiring me to go with the detachment of 5oo men to Inch [Island in Lough Swilly, County Donegal], to secure their landing, and then to fortify them…we made sail, the wind at W. and got down before Greencastle, where the Deptford and Portland lay. We continued a tide here, in which time a boy came off to us, and said that this morning from the tops of the hills he had seen forty sail of ships lying in Lough Swilly. We could not well believe him, thinking he might be lost in the hills and so take our Fleet in Lough Foyle for his imaginary Fleet; as afterwards it proved, for the Henrietta yacht was ordered to sail thither to see and make what ships they were. Soon after the two men of war went out and have come to an anchor: we kept in with the fly-boat and ketch, on board of which were the soldiers.”