War Diaries

8th August 1689

8th August 1689

From Richards Diary of the Fleet:   “Thursday 8th [August 1689]. This day was spent with a great deal of joy and merry-making by the triple discharge of all our cannon and small arms, the whole garrison being posted round the walls. Nothing of notice besides, hath happened. […]

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7th August 1689

7th August 1689

From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:   “7th {August 1689]. Beef is now sold at three halfpence per pound, and butter three pence-a great alteration in a short space of time. [ Ash wrote on the 20th July that he paid 2s 6d for six ounces […]

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6th August 1689

6th August 1689

From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:   “6th [August 1689]. Major Gen. Kirk and all the army that lay at Inch, except 150 men, came to Derry; those were left to guard the island under the command of Capt. Thomas Barbour. Kirk was quartered at the Bishop’s […]

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5th August 1689

5th August 1689

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th [August 1689]. These two days past several eyewitnesses have come hither from Enniskillen, and do assure us that there was a great slaughter of the enemy, that on our side [Williamite] we lost not fifty […]

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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 […]

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3rd August 1689

3rd August 1689

Dunree, on the western side of the Inishowen peninsula, overlooking Lough Swilly in County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Saturday 3rd [August 1689]. Nothing of news from the enemy, except that he or they were retired to Strabane, ten miles from this place. […]

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3rd August 1689

3rd August 1689

An old photo of Lifford in County Donegal. From the “Circumstantial Journal of the Siege of Derry” by Captain Thomas Ash :     “3rd [August 1689]. The cows which were taken yesterday were returned to their owners. The enemy were in such haste, that at Lifford […]

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3rd August 1689

3rd August 1689

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Friday 2nd [August 1689]. By orders of the Major-General I went to Derry to give the necessary orders for the repairs of that place, and accordingly made my report of the same.”

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2nd August 1689

2nd August 1689

From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash :   “2nd [August 1689]. A great number of black cattle were brought from the country for the use of the garrison.”

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1st August 1689

  From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:   “1st of August [1689]. I went to see my farm; the roof of my house was smoking in the floor, and the doors falling off the hinges.”   http://www.ashbrookestate.com/index.php?pid=7    

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1st August 1689

1st August 1689

The castle on Inch Island, in Lough Swilly, County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:     “Thursday, the First of August, 1689. This morning we did not see the enemies’ vidette ( Vidette or Vedette: a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an […]

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31st July 1689

31st July 1689

A view of Burt Castle from close by Inch Island in County Donegal (The fires aren’t real!)   Colonel Richards, still based at Inch Island after the city was relieved, wrote in his Diary:     “Wednesday 31st [July 1689]. By break of day several parties horsemen were […]

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31st July 1689

31st July 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “31 [July 1689]. This night the enemy decamped, left the Siege, and burned a great many houses in the County of Derry and elsewhere.”   From ‘Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689’:   “If we take into account the numbers that perished […]

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30th July 1689

30th July 1689

“The Butte, Polygon Wood” by George Edmund Butler.   From Captain Ash’s Diary:   ” 30th [July 1689] Nothing worth note.”

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30th July 1689

30th July 1689

A view of Inch Castle on Lough Swilly, County Donegal. As the Fleet cut through the Boom and relieved Derry, Richards, still based at Inch Island, tried to piece together what was going on from the noises he heard, the things he saw and the rumours he was […]

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29th July 1689

29th July 1689

Derry’s Peace Bridge on a foggy night. Below are some extracts from the various contemporary Siege Diaries.   Rev George Walker:   “… the Ships got to us, to the unexpressible Joy and Transport of our distressed Garrison, for we only reckon’d upon two days Life, and […]

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28th July 1689

28th July 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “28th of July, 1689! A day to be remembered with thanksgiving by the besieged of Derry as long as they live; for on this day we were delivered from famine and slavery. With the former they were threatened if they staid here: and […]

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27th July 1689

27th July 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “27th [July 1689]. This morning we heard the great guns at or near Inch. The wind is S.W. which I suppose hinders our ships from coming up to us, and, God knows, we never stood in so much need of a supply;for […]

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26th July 1689

26th July 1689

From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:   “26th [July 1689]. An oath is imposed that every one shall give a true account of what provisions they have, and a week’s competency is allowed them according to their families, and the remainder is taken to the store-house. […]

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25th July 1689

25th July 1689

Some extracts from Captain Ash’s Diary and historian Thomas Witherow, from ‘Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689’   Witherow:   “The last conflict between the two parties was the fight for the cows, which came off in the open space between the city and Pennyburn Mill. […]

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