War Diaries

18th June 1689

18th June 1689

A view of Balloughrey Road on the outskirts of Derry, close to the site of the main Jacobite Camp during the siege. From Captain Ash’s Diary: 18 [June 1689] A thousand or 1,500 of the enemy’s horse and foot came to the camp. That evening the Market […]

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17th June 1689

17th June 1689

One of the improvised cannonballs, as described in the following passage from Rev John Mackenzie’s Diary, which is on display at St Columb’s Cathedral Chapter House museum, Londonderry:   “About this time the fever, flux, and other distempers grew rife, and a great mortality spread itself through the […]

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17th June 1689

17th June 1689

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet: 17 [June 1689] This day came in two Bristol-men, laden with provisions from Scotland. They brought news of Edinburgh Castle being surrendered, and that all the Scotch rebels [loyal to King James ll ]were defeated, and the principals taken prisoner.

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16th June 1689

16th June 1689

Lieutenant-Colonel William Talbot was a Jacobite officer who was injured and taken prisoner after the battle of Wind-Mill Hill in early May. He was also nephew of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Richard Talbot the Earl of Tyrconnell; a prisoner of some value. His wife made an […]

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16th June 1689

16th June 1689

From Captain Thomas Ash’s Diary:   ” 16 [June 1689] Above 20 English ships came to Culmore, at the sight of which our cannon were thrice shot round the walls and from the steeple, which was answered by their cannon.”

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14th – 15th June 1689

14th – 15th June 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “14, 15 [June 1689] Their cannon were often shot against the city, but did no injury.”

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13th June 1689

13th June 1689

This remarkable feat of bravery (or “little short of madness” according to historian Thomas Witherow) was recorded by Captain Thomas Ash in his Diary as taking place on the 13th June 1689, but Rev John Mackenzie’s Diary has it taking place on 18th June. Witherow in “Derry and […]

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13th – 15th June 1689

13th – 15th June 1689

From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   “Thurdsay 13th, to Saturday, the 15th [June 1689] Nothing of any moment happened either in the Fleet or on shore; some few troops of horse appeared on the hills. My Lord Dungan and Col. Carrol {enemy Jacobite officers] sent off […]

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13th June 1689

13th June 1689

Map of Londonderry with Dunnalong Fort to its right, close to present day Newbuildings. It was on this stretch of river that the remarkable boat-fight, posted earlier, took place.   This is the story as told by Captain Thomas Ash:   “13 [June 1689] We had 26 […]

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12th June 1689

12th June 1689

Statue of St Colmcille in St Columb’s Park, Londonderry.   From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “12th [June 1689]-No bombs nor anything else.”

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11th June 1689

11th June 1689

Photo shows surgical instruments in use in the 17th Century. From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “11th [June 1689] The two mortars began and shot 28 small bombs; one killed Dr Lindsay, Surgeon to Colonel Walker’s regiment”.   From Mackenzie’s Diary:   “Another bomb killed Mr Alexander Lindsay, […]

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11th June 1689

11th June 1689

The view from Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, on the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal.   From Richards’ Diary of the Fleet:   Tuesday 11th [June 1689] Fair weather with a fine fresh gale at N.W. by N. We turned to windward to gain the island […]

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10th June 1689

10th June 1689

From Captain Ash’s Diary: “10th [June 1689] This day silent also.”

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10th June 1689

10th June 1689

From Richard’s Diary of the Fleet:   Monday 10th [June 1689] Early this morning we got under the Isle of Arran, going up to Greenock. The wind now blowing a handsome gale at W.N.W. we took leave of the Greyhound and so stood over for Carrickfergus, thinking […]

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9th June 1689

9th June 1689

Photo shows detail from the statue of St Colmcille in St Columb’s park on Derry’s waterside. From Captain Ash’s Diary:   “9th [June 1689] Being Columb-Kill’s Day, and held in veneration by the Irish, there was no shooting.”

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9th June 1689

9th June 1689

From Richard’s Diary of the Fleet:   “Sunday, the 9th [June 1689]-We had the wind at W. a very fresh gale of wind. About nine o’clock in the morning the Greyhound frigate was afloat again, but very leaky; so that we found it not convenient to continue […]

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8th June 1689

8th June 1689

Storm clouds over Derry. From Captain Ash’s Diary:   June 8th [1689] The bombs began again; they shot 35, which spoiled several houses, killed some people, and hurt many more, by shattering their legs and arms to pieces, one of them fell on Mr. Moore’s house, drove […]

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7th June 1689

7th June 1689

Photo from Culmore point looking south toward Derry. The following is a rather long but fascinating account of the Fleet’s first taste of battle in their attempt to gather intelligence: “…as may advise you in what condition Londonderry is in” according to the instructions from Major-General Kirke […]

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6th June 1689

6th June 1689

Photo from Culmore Point, site of Culmore Fort at the mouth of Lough Foyle looking north toward Redcastle and Greencastle in County Donegal.   From Richard’s Diary of the Fleet:   After having passed Greencastle, Redcastle and Whitecastle by kedging and warping we came to an anchor […]

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6th June 1689

6th June 1689

From the Diary of Captain Thomas Ash:   6 [June 1689] The bombs began again, and out of two mortars were shot thirty bombs, some large, some small, which did great mischief; one of them fell on Major Campsie’s house, sunk into the cellar, and struck the […]

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