War Diaries

23rd July 1689

23rd July 1689

From Captain Thomas Ash’s Diary:   “23rd [July 1689]. The battering pieces killed two brothers lying in a garret in Bishop’s-street, and injured many houses. Capt. David Ross having orders to search for saddles belonging to Sir Arthur Rawdon, came to Col Adam Murray’s quarters, where he had […]

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22nd July 1689

22nd July 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “22nd [July 1689] The two battering pieces played above forty shots against the walls and houses; one of them shot a ball of nineteen pound weight and another of fourteen pound, which killed and maimed some who lay in garrets.   That night […]

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21st July 1689

21st July 1689

Inch Castle in Lough Swilly, County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd. Very little of notice hath happened these two days past, which have been spent in hutting our men. We hear by several that our enemies do design […]

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21st July 1689

21st July 1689

Inch island in Lough Swilly, viewed from the Grianan of Aileach in Burt, Co Donegal.   From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “21st [July 1689]. We had 28 bombs. A large part of their army is seen marching towards Inch, and most of the tents at Enogh, over […]

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20th July 1689

20th July 1689

Dunree lighthouse, overlooking Lough Swilly on the western edge of the Inishowen peninsula.   From Richard’s Diary of the Fleet:   “Saturday 20th. Early this morning, Major-General Kirke came ashore,[On Inch island] having ordered the disembarking of all our forces. He viewed our works and seemed well-pleased […]

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20th July 1689

20th July 1689

From Captain Thomas Ash’s Diary:   “20th [July 1689] No bombs, nor anything of consequence, but a new kind of subsistence for the men, viz. starch otherwise called Dutch flour, made into pancakes, with the same ingredients which were in those of tallow. I cannot pass over one […]

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19th July 1689

19th July 1689

A view of Inch Island, taken from Buncrana on the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:     Friday, 19th [July 1689]. We are much concerned that we have nothing from the Major-General that sailed the 15th inst. From Lough Swilly; which […]

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18th July 1689

18th July 1689

A portrait of the Duke of Berwick superimposed over part of the ‘Flight of the Earls’ statue at Rathmullan beach in County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Thursday 18th [July 1689]. This morning a spy was taken with a sham letter written by […]

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18th July 1689

18th July 1689

A portrait depicting Major General Percy Kirke.   From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “We had twelve bombs. At night, a messenger, who went from us to Inch on Sunday last, returned and brought a letter from Col. Piercy Kirke. It gives us an account that he will […]

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17th July 1689

17th July 1689

Two versions of the one story (with different dates!); First Captain Thomas Ash in his Diary ‘A Circumstantial Journal of the Siege of Londonderry’ and Rev John Mackenzie’s version in his Diary ‘Memorials of the Siege of Derry’   Ash:   “17th [July 1689]. About twenty persons […]

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16th July 1689

16th July 1689

A view of the Royal Bastion, which once hosted Walker’s pillar, on Derry’s Walls.   From the “Circumstantial Journal of the Siege of Londonderry” by Captain Thomas Ash:   “16th [July 1689]. Four bombs. A great quantity of timber was got without Butcher’s-gate and Ferry-gate, and given […]

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16th July 1689

16th July 1689

The castle on Inch Island, County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th [July 1689]. These two days nothing extraordinary has passed either here in Inch, or on the Irish side, they not making any appearance of disturbing us in […]

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15th July 1689

15th July 1689

Bishop Street Without, looking towards the site of the windmill which is still standing in the grounds of Lumen Christi College (formerly St Columb’s College).   From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “15th [July 1689]. They shot eight bombs, and in the evening 2,000 of the enemy came marching […]

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15th July 1689

15th July 1689

The view from Culmore Point, near Derry, looking north towards Redcastle and Greencastle on the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Monday, 15th [July 1689]. Early this morning the messenger returned with news that the whole Fleet was under sail at […]

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14th July 1689

14th July 1689

Burt Castle, a 16th Century landmark that overlooks Inch Island and Lough Swilly in County Donegal.   Carlo Gebler, writing in “The Siege of Derry: A History”, puts the following extract from Richards’ Diary of the Fleet in context:     Gebler:-“During the day, Captain Richards at […]

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14th July 1689

14th July 1689

From “A Circumstantial Journal of the Siege of Londonderry” by Captain Thomas Ash:     14th [July 1689] Our Commissioners were sent to confer with the enemy concerning the above mentioned articles as they had promised yesterday, but had instructions not to abate one hour of the […]

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13th July 1689

13th July 1689

Inch level, across the water from Inch Island in County Donegal with Colonel Richards’ drawing of the fortifications he built there.   With the ever present threat of the enemy looming and hidden around the hills of Donegal, Richards’ biggest problem in setting up a military base on […]

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13th July 1689

13th July 1689

A portrait of Rev George Walker.   From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:     “13th [July 1689]. No hostilities on either side. Our commissioners were sent with proposals from the garrison, which would be too tedious to mention. [See separate post with the full proposals]…They were […]

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13th July 1689

These are the proposals sent from the garrison to the Jacobite camp that Captain Ash found “too tedious to mention”.   Proposals of Articles to be made to the Right Honourable Lieutenant-General Hamilton, by the Governors, Commanders, Officers, Soldiers, and Citizens of the City and Garrison of […]

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