9th July 1689

9th July 1689

New Gate leading to the Fountain area of Londonderry.

 

From Captain Thomas Ash’s Journal of the Siege:

 

“9th [July 1689]. They played hotly against the gate, and shattered it much [Butcher’s Gate], some of the balls flew over the town and fell into the Lough ( I wish they all had done so). That night more timber was set up without the gate, and all the officers who were there, desirous to have the work firm, put to their hands, and carried sods from Ferry-gate.

 


This day a pound of tallow, otherwise called French butter, was allowed to every soldier in garrison: they got as much last Friday: this they mixed with meal, ginger, pepper, and aniseeds, and made most excellent pancakes-charming meat! This fortnight past, horse’s flesh was eaten: now dog’s flesh is reckoned good meat! Every day all the parks and fields in the island, are full of people gathering herbs and weeds for food”.