George Walker (soldier)
George Walker (c.1645 – 1 July 1690 Old Style) was an English soldier and Anglican priest. He was joint Governor of Londonderry during the Siege in 1689. He was killed at the Battle of the Boyne while going to the aid of the wounded Duke of Schomberg.
George Walker II (1645–1690) was born in Wighill, Yorkshire, England, the son of George Walker (1600–1677), rector of Kilmore, County Armagh and Chancellor of Armagh, and Ursula Stanhope (1617–1654), daughter of Sir John Stanhope of Melwood. Walker was educated at Glasgow University. He married Isabella Barclay (1644–1705), by whom he had several sons and daughters: George III 1669–1699; James 1670–1700; John 1671–1726; Gervase 1672–1693; Robert 1674–1705; Thomas 1677–1712; Mary 1679; Charity 1681–1728; Elizabeth 1683.
Siege of Derry
He was killed at the Battle of the Boyne on 1 July 1690 (12 July New Style), whilst going to the aid of Frederick Schomberg, 1st Duke of Schomberg, Commander-in-Chief of all Williamite forces in Ireland, who was wounded during the crossing of the river in the early part of the battle. He was originally buried at the battlefield but at the insistence of his widow, his body was later exhumed and buried inside the church at Castlecaufield, County Tyrone. His body was later rediscovered and re-interred next to that of his wife but not before a cast was taken of his skull.
- Classic Encyclopedia
- "History". St Michael's Castlecaulfield & St Patrick's Donaghmore. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "The Church of Ireland Parishes of Desertlyn and Ballyeglish Desertlyn_Parish_His". www.desertlynandballyeglish.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- A Compendium of Irish Biography/ Walker, George, by Alfred Webb, published by M. H. Gill & son, Dublin, 1878
- Discovery and Re-Interment of the remains of the Rev. George Walker, RECTOR OF DONAGHMORE AND GOVERNOR OF LONDONDERRY in Newry Telegraph on 30 October 1838
- "Siege hero Walker felled in midnight blast". Derry Journal. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
Media related to George Walker (Governor) at Wikimedia Commons
Media related to The Siege of Londonderry in 1689 (1893) by WALKER at Wikimedia Commons
- National Portrait Gallery
- George Walker Genealogy Page
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. .
- Phrenological Notice of the Skull of Walker by the Ulster Archeological Society