Siege of Derry

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Siege of Derry
Part of the Williamite War
A photo showing cannons on the ramparts of Derry
Cannons on the walls of Derry
Date18 April – 1 August 1689

Williamite victory

  • City relieved by Royal Navy ships
Williamites Jacobites
Kingdom of France France
Commanders and leaders
Henry Baker
Adam Murray
George Walker
John Mitchelburne
King James II (exiled)
Richard Hamilton
Kingdom of France Conrad de Rosen
~8,000 ~21,000
Casualties and losses
4,000 killed (mostly by disease) or wounded

The siege of Derry in 1689 was the first major event in the Williamite War in Ireland. The siege was preceded by an attempt against the town by Jacobite forces on 7 December 1688 that was foiled when 13 apprentices shut the gates. This was an act of rebellion against James II.

The second attempt began on 18 April 1689 when James himself appeared before the walls with an Irish army led by Jacobite and French officers. The town was summoned to surrender but refused. The siege began. The besiegers tried to storm the walls, but failed. They then resorted to starving Derry. They raised the siege and left when supply ships broke through to the town. The siege lasted 105 days from 18 April to 1 August 1689. It is commemorated yearly by the Protestant community.


The "Glorious Revolution" overthrew James II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland and replaced him with William of Orange, who landed in England on 5 November 1688. James fled to France in December. Louis XIV, King of France, received James well because he needed him and his supporters, the Jacobites, as allies in the Nine Years' War, which he had just started by investing Philippsburg on 27 September and declaring war on the Dutch Republic on 6/16 November.[a] On 7 May 1689, Williamite England declared war on France, quite belatedly, as French officers and experts had already been fighting William's troops at Derry before that time. This siege is part of the Williamite War in Ireland, which in turn is a side-show of the Nine Years' War.

In Scotland, the privy council asked William to assume responsibility for the government in January 1689, and William and Mary were formally offered the Scottish throne in March. However, many Scottish people, especially among the Highland clans, had sympathies for the Jacobite cause.

Ireland, however, was still ruled by Richard Talbot, Earl of Tyrconnell, whom James had appointed viceroy (i.e. Lord Deputy) in 1687. Tyrconnell was from an Old English (Norman) Catholic family. He had re-admitted Catholics to the Irish Parliament and public office, and had replaced Protestant officers with Catholic ones in the army. Tyrconnell, and Irish Catholics in general, stayed loyal to James and many Irish Protestants hesitated to declare themselves openly for William. Tyrconnell took action against those who did, and by November 1688 only the Protestants of Ulster were still resisting. Two Ulster towns, Enniskillen and Derry, were to become the focal points of the first stage of the Williamite war.

Louis XIV had revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, which resulted in Huguenots fleeing to northern Europe and rekindled fears of persecution in Protestant communities.[1]

Apprentice boys[edit]

When the Dutch invasion threatened, James doubted the loyalty of his English troops. He therefore asked Tyrconnell to send him reliable Irish ones. These units sailed to Chester in September and early October 1688.[2] To replace them Tyrconnell ordered four new regiments to be raised, one for each Irish province. He ordered Alexander MacDonnell, Earl of Antrim, a Catholic nobleman of Scottish origin, to raise the Ulster regiment. MacDonnell, already in his seventies, hired 1,200 Scottish mercenaries (called redshanks), making sure they were all Catholics. The unit was supposed to be ready on 20 November,[3] but delays occurred.

At that time Tyrconnell's recast of the Irish army had advanced so far that few units still had significant numbers of Protestants. One of those was the regiment of Viscount Mountjoy, a Protestant loyal to James. This unit was in garrison at Derry. Tyrconnell considered Mountjoy's regiment unreliable and on 23 November ordered it to march to Dublin.[4] Mountjoy's regiment was to be replaced by MacDonnell's,[5] which was not ready so that Derry was left without a garrison.

When MacDonnell finally got his troops on the way, he met Colonel George Philips at Newtown Limavady, who immediately sent a messenger to Derry to warn the city.[6] On 7 December, with MacDonnell's regiment ready to cross the Foyle River under Derry's Ferryquay Gate, 13 apprentices seized the city's keys and locked the gates.[7][8] With this act Derry was in open rebellion against Tyrconnell and his master James II, who was already in exile in France at that time. MacDonnell was not strong enough to take the town by force and retreated to Coleraine.


Later generations have sometimes seen the shutting of the gates by the apprentices as the start of the siege. In reality, six peaceful months passed between the apprentices' action (7 December) and the start of the siege (18 June 1689). In a similar way Robert Lundy's blunders, flight, and supposed treachery (see further down) are often telescoped into the days of the apprentices' action, while in reality, they fell into the lead-up to the siege in June 1689.

On 9 December Philips came into town. As he had been governor of Derry and Fort Culmore under Charles I,[9] the citizens gave him the keys and accepted him as de facto governor. When Tyrconnell heard that MacDonnell had been kept out of Derry, he stopped Mountjoy on his march to Dublin and sent him back. On 21 December Mountjoy reached Derry. He struck a deal with the city, according to which two of his companies, consisting entirely of Protestants, would be allowed into town.[10] The one was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lundy, the other by Captain William Stewart.[b]

Mountjoy appointed Lundy governor of the town instead of Philips. On 20 February the inhabitants sided with William by proclaiming him king of England.[11] Lundy had the walls and the gates repaired, refitted gun carriages and musket stocks, removed buildings and other obstacles that might provide cover to besiegers from before the walls, purchased powder, cannonballs and matchlocks.[12]

Tyrconnell upscaled his efforts to bring Ulster back under control, and on 8 March he sent Lieutenant-General Richard Hamilton with an army of 2500 from Drogheda into Ulster.[13] On 14 March Hamilton defeated the Protestant Army of the North at the Break of Dromore in County Down.

In the meantime, on 12 March,[14][c] James had landed at Kinsale (on Ireland's south coast) with a French fleet of 30 men-of-war commanded by Jean Gabaret.[15] He was accompanied by d'Avaux, the French ambassador, many English and Irish exiles, and about a hundred French officers. He brought with him money and equipment, but few troops.[16][17] French troops were needed on the continent for the Nine Years' War and were not considered necessary in Ireland as Tyrconnell had already raised a large army and only lacked equipment and the money to pay the men.

At Kinsale, James was received by Donogh MacCarthy, 4th Earl of Clancarty, in his house there.[18] We will meet him again at Derry. From Kinsale James proceeded to Cork where he met Tyrconnell. He left Cork on 20 March[19] and entered Dublin on Palm Sunday 24. He took up quarters in the castle and established his council on which sat d'Avaux, Tyrconnell, John Drummond, Earl of Melfort, and Conrad de Rosen.

Hearing of James's arrival, Derry prepared to defend itself. On 20 or 21 March Captain James Hamilton[20] arrived from England with the frigate HMS Jersey and the merchantman Deliverance,[21] bringing gunpowder, munition, weapons, and £595 in cash.[22] James Hamilton was a nephew of Richard Hamilton but fought on the other side.[23] These provisions were to be crucial during the siege. He also brought the commission from King William and Queen Mary that confirmed Colonel Lundy as the town's Williamite governor.[24] Lundy swore the oath of allegiance to William in the cabin of the Jersey. The town committee decided to build a ravelin in front of the Bishops Gate,[25] possibly using some of the money brought by Captain Hamilton.

A photo of the walls of Derry with the plinth of the Walker Pillar on a bastion
The wall at the Royal Bastion in 2009. Note the plinth of Walker's Pillar on the bastion.


Tyrconnell and James decided to bring Derry back under their control. On 2 or 3 April Major-General Jean Camus, Marquis de Pusignan,[26][27] marched north with five regiments of foot. This brought the number of troops in the north to about 12000.[28] James followed on 8 April, accompanied by d'Avaux and Melfort.[29]

The passes[edit]

On 13 April cavalry forming part of the Jacobite vanguard was reported approaching Derry. Lundy called a council of war that decided to defend a line along the River Finn, SW of Derry, near Strabane. Passes over the river at Castlefin, Clady, Long Causeway, and Lifford were manned. On 15 April, this line was attacked by the cavalry vanguards of the two Jacobite armies, Hamilton's, which had come from Coleraine, and Rosen's, which had come from Dublin via Charlemont.[30] Hamilton's cavalry attacked on the Jacobites' left wing at Castlefinn and Clady. At Castlefinn they were repulsed by Colonel Skeffington's Regiment, commanded by John Mitchelburne,[31] but at Clady the cavalry under Richard Hamilton and Berwick swam through the river and routed the defenders.[32] This has been called the Battle of Cladyford. The Long Causeway was not attacked.[33] Rosen's cavalry attacked on the right wing, at Lifford where Jacques de Fontanges, comte de Maumont[34] crossed the river at the head of his cavalry and broke through the defences.[35]

Lundy's blunder[edit]

In the meantime, the English sent reinforcements to Derry. On the very day of the defeat at the Passes, on 15 April, Colonel Cunningham and Colonel Richards arrived on Lough Foyle with the frigate HMS Swallow, commanded by Captain Wolfran Cornewall, and nine transport ships carrying two regiments, altogether about 1600 men.[36] Cunningham, who was in charge, had been instructed to take his orders from Lundy, the governor. Lundy, disheartened by his defeat at the Passes, was convinced that the town was lost. On 16 April Lundy held a council of war with Cunningham and Richards from which he excluded most of the local commanders. He proposed the troops should not land and the town should be abandoned pretending that there were insufficient provisions to defend it.[37]

The proposal was accepted by all present. Lundy kept this resolution secret, but the people in town could see that many of the gentry and officers that had been present in the council prepared to leave and went down to the river to board the ships. Cunningham's fleet waited for Lundy still on 17 April but then left, apparently without him. The ships stopped over at Greencastle on 18 April and sailed for England on 19 April.[38] Finally, Lundy left the city disguised as an ordinary soldier and took a ship to Scotland.

Under the walls[edit]

Having broken through the passes, Hamilton reached Derry on 18 April and summoned the city to surrender. The defenders asked for a delay of two days before a parley. They also insisted that the Jacobite army should halt at St Johnston and not come nearer. However, when King James joined up with the army, Rosen suggested the King should appeal directly to his subjects in the town: they would surely submit to their King. The effect was the contrary. The men on the wall seeing him approach interpreted this act as a breach of their agreement with Hamilton and when James and his retinue rode up to within 300 yards of Bishops Gate and summoned the city, cannons were fired at them.[39]

According to a later account, he was rebuffed with shouts of "No surrender!" and one of the king's aides-de-camp was killed by a shot from the city's largest cannon, the "Roaring Meg".[40] James would ask thrice more, but was refused each time.

That same day Adam Murray reached the town. He and his cavalry unit had been part of the Protestant Army of the North and had fought at the passes. He came from Culmore along the river, broke through the still quite loose ring formed by the besiegers around the town, and reached Shipquay Gate, which Captain Morrison opened for him.

On 19 April the town council appointed Henry Baker governor of Derry.[41] Baker put George Walker in charge of the stores.

On 20 April King James sent Claud Hamilton, 4th Earl of Abercorn, with a last proposal to the walls. Murray talked with him and rejected it.[42][43][d] James returned to Dublin with Rosen and left the forces before Derry under Maumont's command. However, Richard Hamilton also stayed and was of equal rank. Both had been promoted Lieutenant-General quite recently. Frictions sometimes arose between the Irish and the French officers about who was in command.

A drawing showing Derry during the siege
View of Derry during the siege. The Bishops Gate with its drawbridge is in the centre. Note the newly built ravelin before it.

On 21 April the besieged, led by Murray, sallied and killed Maumont.[44][45] This has also been called the Battle of Pennyburn. Command devolved to Richard Hamilton. On 23 April Fort Culmore, which guarded the mouth of River Foyle, surrendered to the Jacobites.[46] During another sally, on 25 April, the Duke of Berwick and Bernard Desjean, Baron de Pointis, were wounded and Pusignan killed.[47]

On 6 May Brigadier-General Ramsay attacked the Windmill Hill before the Bishops Gate and drove out the sentinels posted there by the besieged,[48] but Baker knew the importance of this position and on the next day, the besieged sallied from the Ferryquay Gate and retook Windmill Hill. Ramsay was killed and other officers were taken prisoners.[49] Among them were William Talbot, a nephew of the viceroy, Viscount Netterville and Gerald FitzGerald, Knight of Glin.[50] Baker built a line of earthworks from the river up to Windmill Hill and back through the Bog to the river downstream of the town.

On 7 May Williamite England formally declared war on France. This officially sanctioned what was already happening around Derry since 18 April. Two French generals, Maumont and Pusignan, had already been killed in the siege. France never declared war on England as they saw James as the rightful king and the Williamites as mere rebels.

On 11 May a French fleet landed more equipment and troops at Bantry Bay in southwestern Ireland and fought the battle of Bantry Bay against an English fleet. The battle was inconclusive, but the French seemed to have had the advantage.

A hand-drawn map of a river with a walled town on the left
Map of the River Foyle from Derry (left) to Culmore (right) with the boom in the centre

On 30 May the besiegers received heavy guns and mortars. Before that date they only had field artillery.[51] Matthew Plunkett, 7th Baron Louth, and de Pointis were in charge of the mortars, which were placed on the right bank of the river where no sally could reach them. The mortars fired almost 600 explosive shells into the town.[52]

About this time disease and hunger took hold within the city. It became evident that the town needed to be relieved. William gave that task to Major-General Percy Kirke, who decided to first explore the mouth of River Foyle to find out whether ships could get through to Derry. He sent the engineer Jacob Richards, son of Solomon Richards, mentioned earlier, with the small (sixth-rate) frigate HMS Greyhound and two ketches. They sailed from Hoylake on 13 May and explored the mouth of River Foyle on 8 June.[53] However, Greyhound ran aground near Fort Culmore and was damaged by cannon shot[54] before she got afloat, escaped and after some makeshift repairs limped back to Greenock in Scotland to refit. Observations and information obtained from the inhabitants confirmed that the besiegers had placed a boom across the river. Indeed, on 3 June, the besiegers, led by de Pointis, had placed a boom across the River Foyle about halfway between Derry and Culmore.[55]

On 17 May Major-General Percy Kirke sailed from Liverpool[56] with three men-of-war (HMS Swallow, HMS Bonaventure, and HMS Dartmouth) and 24 transport ships. The fleet carried four regiments (about 3000 men: Kirke's own, Sir John Hanmer's, William Stewart's and St George's). The last two were the regiments that should have landed with Cunningham. The convoy arrived in Lough Foyle early in June. The besieged saw it from the cathedral tower on the 13th.[57]

Kirke thought that he had too few troops to challenge the besiegers in battle and the incident with the Greyhound seemed to show that it was too risky to approach the town by the river.[58]

On 4 June Richard Hamilton ordered to storm the town. The Jacobites attacked the line of earthworks and passed over them in some places but were finally beaten back.[59]

In order to accelerate the siege, James sent Rosen to Derry, who arrived on the scene at some time between 17 and 24 June.[60][61] Rosen brought with him the regiment FitzGerald from Trim.[62] On 21 June Berwick was sent south with a detachment to keep the Enniskilleners away. Rosen intensified the bombardment and had a mine dug under a bastion.

On 28 June Clancarty came up from Munster to Derry with his regiment and led a daring night attack against the Butcher's Gate immediately on the evening of his arrival.[63] The besieged were surprised and the attackers succeeded to come up against the gate and touch it but were eventually thrown back.

At the beginning of June, Governor Baker fell ill and on 21 June a council was held to choose a successor. Baker was consulted and chose John Mitchelburne. On 30 June Baker died and Mitchelburne became governor of Derry.[64]

A draing of several sailing-ships, one firing its cannons
HMS Dartmouth fires at shore batteries while Mountjoy rams through the boom.

On 2 July Rosen herded Protestants from the surroundings to under the wall. The besieged responded by threatening to kill prisoners. Hamilton reported this event to James, who disagreed with Rosen's measure and called him a "barbarious Muscovite".[65]


Frederick de Schomberg, having been appointed commander-in-chief by William, ordered Kirke to attack the boom.[66] Thereupon, on 28 July, Kirke sent four ships to the mouth of the River Foyle to try to bring food into Derry. These were HMS Dartmouth and three merchant ships: Mountjoy from Derry, Phoenix from Coleraine, and Jerusalem.[67] Dartmouth, under Captain John Leake, engaged the shore batteries, while Mountjoy, commanded by her Master Michael Browning, rammed and breached the boom, whereupon Mountjoy and Phoenix sailed up to Derry, unloading many tons of food.[68] Seeing that he could no longer starve out Derry and not having enough troops to storm the town, Rosen decided to raise the siege. On 1 August the besieged discovered that the enemy was gone.[69] On 3 August Kirke reported the raising of the siege to London.[70] On 31 July another Jacobite army had been defeated at Newtownbutler by the Enniskilleners.

A memorial plaque on a wall showing a sailing ship over some text. The Michael Browning Memorial Plaque on Derry's wall

The city had endured 105 days of siege, from 18 April to 1 August. Some 4,000 of its garrison of 8,000 are said to have died during this siege.

The dates listed below are all in old style, but some of the dates in the citations may be New Style.
1688, 7 Dec Shutting of the gates[8]
1688, late Dec Viscount Mountjoy appointed Lundy governor of Derry.
1689, 12 Mar King James II landed at Kinsale.[14]
1689, 20 Mar Captain James Hamilton brought provisions.[24]
1689, 15 Apr The Jacobites forced the passage of the River Finn.[30]
1689, 18 Apr King James before the Bishops Gate; the siege began.
1689, 19 Apr Baker appointed governor.[41]
1689, 21 Apr Maumont killed.[44]
1689, 23 Apr Fort Culmore surrendered.[46]
1689, 6 May Ramsay killed at the Windmill Hill.[49]
1689, 30 May Siege guns arrived and the bombardment started.[51]
1689, 3 Jun Boom placed across the river.[55][e]
1689, 8 Jun HMS Greyhound explored the mouth of River Foyle.[54]
1689, 13 Jun Major General Kirke's fleet arrived in Lough Foyle.[57]
1689, 2nd 12 of Jun Rosen arrived before Derry.[61]
1689, 28 Jun Clancarty attacked the Butcher's Gate.[63]
1689, 30 Jun Governor Baker died and was succeeded by Mitchelburne.[64]
1689, 2 Jul Rosen herded Protestant civilians to the walls.[65]
1689, 29 Jul Ships broke through to the town.[67]
1689, 1 Aug The Jacobites abandoned the siege and retreated southwards.


The Siege of Derry, like the Battle of the Boyne, is part of Northern Irish Protestant folklore.[71][72] The siege is commemorated by two parades: the Shutting-of-the-Gates Parade and the Relief-of-Derry Parade.

An engraving showing a river and a town on a hill
A view of Derry in the 19th century. Walker's Pillar figures prominently in the centre.[73]

The shutting of the gates by 13 apprentices, which happened on 7 December 1688, is commemorated each year on the first Saturday of December, dubbed "Lundy's Day". The commemoration is organised by the Apprentice Boys of Derry, a Protestant association. The day usually starts with the firing of one and then three cannon shots, meaning 13, from the walls at midnight on Friday. Then follows the ceremony of the touching of the four original gates: Bishops Gate, Butchers Gate, Shipquay Gate, and Ferryquay Gate. On Saturday, first the members of the Apprentice Boys clubs domiciled outside the walls march to the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall. Then the assembled members march through the city from the Hall to St Columb's Cathedral where a thanks-giving service is held. After the service, a wreath is laid at the Siege Heroes Mound in the cathedral grounds. Finally, Lundy is burned in effigy as a traitor.[74]

The end of the siege, which is taken to have happened on 1 August 1689, old style, when the besieged discovered that the besiegers had left, is celebrated by the Relief of Derry parade, usually held on the second Saturday of August. This day is chosen because it usually is near 11 August, which is the New Style equivalent of 1 August. This parade is one of the events of the week-long Maiden City Festival. On 1 August 1714, Mitchelburne hoisted a crimson flag on the steeple of St Columb's Cathedral to mark the anniversary of the relief of the city, a practice that continued for many years.[75] In 1969 a confrontation between Protestants and Catholics during the Relief of Derry parade started the Battle of the Bogside, but recent parades have been largely peaceful.

Walker's Pillar was a monument to Reverend George Walker. It was built from 1826 to 1828 on the Royal Bastion. The monument consisted of a column crowned by a statue of the famous man. On the night of 27 August 1973, it was blown up by the Provisional IRA.[76] The plinth remains.

The Browning Memorial Plaque is affixed to the city wall on Guildhall Square. It commemorates Michael (or Micaiah) Browning, the Master of the Mountjoy. The top shows his ship, the Mountjoy. The inscription below cites the passage describing his death in Macaulay's History of England, which calls his: the most enviable of all deaths.[77]

The popular song "Derry's Walls" commemorates the siege. The author is unknown. The chorus reads:

We'll fight and don't surrender
But come when duty calls,
With heart and hand and sword and shield
We'll guard old Derry's Walls.

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ During the period covered in this article, England, Scotland and Ireland used the Julian Calendar (i.e. Old Style), whereas France and the Netherlands used the Gregorian calendar (i.e. New Style). The difference was 10 days at the time. See Old Style and New Style dates.
  2. ^ William Stewart was the grandfather of the first Marquess of Londonderry.
  3. ^ Most authors agree that James landed on 12 March, but FitzJames, the James FitzJames, Duke of Berwick, gives this date as 17 March.
  4. ^ The Earl of Abercorn also was Baron Hamilton of Strabane and owned much land around that town.
  5. ^ The dates in the Gazette de France are New Style.


  1. ^ Puaux 1911, p. 867. "... on the 18th of October 1685 he pronounced its revocation ... France, which in the course of a few years lost 400,000 of its inhabitants ..."
  2. ^ Childs 2007, p. 3, line 14. "To strengthen his forces in the face of the Dutch threat, James ordered the better elements of the Irish Army into England. One regiment of dragoons, a battalion of Foot Guards, and Anthony Hamilton's and Lord Forbes's battalions of line infantry, a total of 2,964 men, sailed to Chester during September and early October."
  3. ^ Childs 2007, p. 3, line 19. "The latter unit, commanded by Alexander McDonnell, Third Earl of Antrim, was intended to enter the field by 20 November."
  4. ^ Childs 2007, p. 3, line 23. "Tyrconnell, on the other hand, did not want an unreliable battalion in such a key post so, on 23 November, he ordered it to England via Dublin."
  5. ^ Macaulay 1855, p. 143, bottom. "a regiment of twelve hundred Papists commanded by a Papist, Alexander Macdonnell, Earl of Antrim, had received orders from the Lord Deputy to occupy Londonderry."
  6. ^ Bagwell 1896, p. 174, right column, top. "Lord MacDonnell's regiment of highlanders and Irish appeared at Newtown Limavady on 6 Dec. and Philips at once wrote to Alderman Norman to put the people of Londonderry on their guard."
  7. ^ Macaulay 1855, p. 145. "seized the keys of the city, rushed to the Ferryquay Gate, closed it in the face of the King's officers, and let down the portcullis."
  8. ^ a b Joyce 1903, p. 213. "Lord MacDonnell marched to take possession of Derry; but while the aldermen and magistrates were hesitating, a few of the bolder young apprentices seizing the keys, locked the town gates on the 7th of December, and shut out MacDonnell and his Jacobite forces."
  9. ^ Bagwell 1896, p. 174, left column, bottom. "From June 1681 to September 1684 he was governor of Culmore Fort"
  10. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 199. "in pursuance of an arrangement with Mountjoy of the 21st of December, the citizens of Derry had admitted a part of his regiment to garrison their town."
  11. ^ Boulger 1911, p. 90. "On February 20, 1689, the people of Derry, having got rid of the Catholics in the garrison and town, proclaimed the Prince of Orange as King William."
  12. ^ Apprentice Boys: Is Robert Lundy much maligned?, The Belfast News Letter, 31 January 2013
  13. ^ Chichester 1890, p. 204, left column. "Tyrconnell despatched Hamilton with 2,500 troops to make head against the Ulstermen and the news of his having driven them back from Dromore to Coleraine greeted James on his entry into Dublin on the 24 March 1689."
  14. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 55, line 21. "On Tuesday the 12th of March, King James arrived at Kinsale from France ..."
  15. ^ FitzJames 1778, p. 47. "une escadre de trente vaisseaux de guerre, commandés par M. de Gabaret." ... "nous arrivâmes à Kingsale le 17 Mars."
  16. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 55, line 22. "... but contrary to the expectations that the Irish had formed, he was accompanied by only eighteen hundred men; by some accounts, still less."
  17. ^ Anonymous 1689, p. 26 higher. "King James landed at Kingsale on Tuesday, March 12 ..."
  18. ^ Seccombe 1893, p. 437. "When James II landed in Kinsale in 1689, Clancarty received him in his house there ..."
  19. ^ Anonymous 1689, p. 26 lower. "on Wednesday the 20th set out from thence,"
  20. ^ Wills 1841, p. 328, line 10. "James Hamilton afterwards Earl of Abercorn, who brought to its [i.e. Derry] relief from England a quantity of arms and ammunition, with five thousand pounds in money."
  21. ^ Childs 2007, p. 61. "HMS Jersey (captain John Beverley RN) and the merchantman Deliverance entered Lough Foyle on 21 March "...
  22. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 75. "On the same day, the 21st of March, Captain James Hamilton arrived from England, bringing with him 8000 stand of arms for the garrison, 480 barrels of powder, and £595 in money;"
  23. ^ MacGeoghegan 1763, p. 738. "Le capitaine Jacques Hamilton.... [footnote](a) il étoit neveu de Richard Hamilton, qui commandoit ce siége pour le roi ..."
  24. ^ a b Walker 1893, p. 14"March 20. Captain James Hamilton arrived from England, with Ammunitions and Arms, 480 Barrels of Powder, and Arms for 2000 men, and a Commission from the King and Queen for Col. Lundy to be Governour of the City ..."
  25. ^ Mackenzie 1690, p. 18, right column. "Wednesday 20th [March 1689]. It was order'd by the Committee of Derry that a Ravelin should be built to defend the Bishops Gate ..."
  26. ^ La Chesnaye des Bois 1771, p. 457, line 30. "Jean Camus, son fils aîné, Marquis de Pusignan, Lieutenant-général des armées du Roi, fut tué à la tête du Régiment de Languedoc en 1689."
  27. ^ Lainé 1818, p. 127. "La seigneurie de Pusignan, en Dauphiné, érigé en marquisat en novembre 1678 en faveur de N... Chauderon, lieutenant-général de Fauconnerie, échut par sa mort à Géneviève Chauderon, sa soeur, qui avait épousé Imbert Camus, seigneur de Bayols, qui du chef de sa femme devint marquis de Pusignan."
  28. ^ Macpherson 1775, p. 178. "which made in all, with the other troops that were already in the North, eleven thousand nine hundred and seventy-eight-foot"
  29. ^ Macpherson 1775, p. 181. "He parted from Dublin the 8th day of April,"
  30. ^ a b Wauchope 2004, p. 889. "At the battle of the Fords (15 April) de Rosen and Hamilton made separate attacks on Lundy's positions on the rivers Finn and Foyle and forced Lundy's troops back to the city."
  31. ^ Doherty 2008, p. 66, bottom. "Colonel Skeffington's Regiment, now commanded by Mitchelburne, stopped a Jacobite party that tried to ford the river near Castlefinn, some miles beyond Clady, driving them back with many casualties."
  32. ^ FitzJames 1778, p. 47. "De là nous marchâmes, le 15 Avril, au pont de Clady, sur la rivière de Strabane, dont les Rebelles, au nombre de dix mille, vouloient défendre le passage ..."
  33. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 92. "At the Long-Causeway, Colonel Francis Hamilton rallied the troops, but the Irish did not come that way."
  34. ^ Bouillet 1848, p. 82. "Cette branche a produit Jacques de Fontanges, comte de Maumont, lieutenant-général des armées."
  35. ^ Doherty 2008, p. 66, middle. "Rosen recorded that Maumont was the first to enter the river."
  36. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 93. "Colonel Cunningham and Colonel Richards arrived in Lough Foyle from England, with nine ships and a man of war, conveying two regiments, consisting of 1600 men."
  37. ^ "Irish Affairs: Defence of Londonderry". House of Commons Journal. No. 12. 12 August 1689. Colonel Lundie was the first Man that spoke at this Council of War and made a Proposition to quit the Town and to send the Two Regiments Back again; alleging, for his Reason, That there was not above a Week or Ten Days Provisions left in the Town, ...
  38. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 105. "The ships, after lingering in the Lough to pick up such officers and gentlemen as chose to desert, fell down to Greencastle on the 18th, and on the morning of the 19th set sail for England."
  39. ^ O'Kelly 1850, p. 33. "but he was little surprized when, instead of Submission, they shott a Shower of Arrows against him, which wounded Some of his Attendants, and it was not then doubted but they aimed chiefly at his royall Person."
  40. ^ "Siege of Londonderry in 1688". Gentleman's Magazine. Vol. 96. London: John Nichols & Son. 1826. p. 606.
  41. ^ a b Childs 2007, p. 85. "... on 19 April the remodelled town council offered the position to Major Henry Baker ..."
  42. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 114. "As a last resort the King sent the Earl of Abercorn with new terms and proposals, and Colonel Murray, at his request had a conference with him outside the walls."
  43. ^ Graham 1829, p. 107, line 18. "At the same time Lord Strabane approached the walls, a great proportion of whose defenders were his tenants, and offered the King's pardon, protection and favour ... "
  44. ^ a b Walker 1893, p. 21. "... they killed above 200 of the Enemies Souldiers, besides Mamow the French General ..."
  45. ^ Gazette de France 1689, p. 236, line 11. "Le sieur de Maumont, Capitaine aux Gardes, Lieutenant Genéral en Irlande a esté tüé au siége de Londonderry."
  46. ^ a b Graham 1829, p. 107. "In the evening he proceeded to Strabane where he received a deputation, offering a surrender of Culmore Fort, which he accepted, and in consequence of which, General Hamilton was put in possession of it a few days afterwards."
  47. ^ Gazette de France 1689, p. 286, line 25. "On écrit du camp devant Londonderry, que le 5 de ce mois, le sieur Richard Hamilton Lieutenant-Général, estant allé reconnoistre la place avec pluspart des officiers généraux, les assiegez sortirent au nombre de plus de deux mille cinq cent hommes & escharmouchérent longtemps ... le Duc de Barwick et le sieur de Pointis y furent blessés ... Le sieur de Puisignan Marechal de Camp recut un coup de mousquet au travers du corps dont il mourut"
  48. ^ Childs 2007, p. 99. "Before Derry, on the night of 5–6 May Brigadier Ramsay drove the guards out of a small earthwork built during Lundy's governorship and occupied Windmill Hill."
  49. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 128. "Brigadier Ramsay, in an attempt to rally his men and bring them up again to renew the encounter, was slain."
  50. ^ Macpherson 1775, p. 202, footnote. "... brigadier Talbot, formerly called Wicked Will, and nephew to Tyrconnell, taken, and dead and buried this day [26 June 1689 of his wounds."
  51. ^ a b Macpherson 1775, p. 200 top. "The great guns and mortars arrived not at the camp, till the thirtieth of May, and till then little was done against the town, except beating them back when they ventured to sally with what guns we had upon them ..."
  52. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 138. "from the 2nd of June the large shells began to come, and then, when the supply of these seemed exhausted, about the first week of July, the besiegers returned to the small shells again. Between the 24th of April and the 22nd of July they cast into the city 587 bombs, of which 326 were small and 261 were large."
  53. ^ Childs 2007, p. 113. "a reconnaissance expedition left Hoylake on 13 May comprising HMS Greyhound (sixth rate, Captain Gwillam), HMS Kingfisher (ketch, Captain Edward Boyce) and a merchant ketch, the Edward and James (Master Mr Meers)."
  54. ^ a b Macpherson 1775, p. 200 bottom. "The English on the eight of June sent a small frigate, the Grayhound"
  55. ^ a b Gazette de France 1689, p. 352. "On a eu avis du camp devant Londonderry du 13 du mois dernier, que les assiegants avoient fait une estacade à l'endroit le plus étroit de la rivière ..."
  56. ^ Witherow 1879, p. 141, line 11. "They set sail from Liverpool on the 17th of May; but were delayed by contrary winds."
  57. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 141, line 26. "Again, on the 13th of June, from the tower of the cathedral, a fleet of ships was seen on the Lough;"
  58. ^ Gazette de France 1689, p. 374. "Le Major Genéral Kirk a écrit du lac de Londonderry, qu'il avoit trouvé les Irlandais si bien retranchez sur les deux bords de la rivière, où ils avoient dressés deux bateries de vingt quatre livres de balle pour défendre les estacades qui la traversent qu'il lui avoit esté impossible de forcer le passage. Que comme les troupes qu'il commande n'estoient pas assez nombreuses pour faire le débarquement, il n'avoit osé le tenter de peur de les trop exposer."
  59. ^ Wauchope 2004, p. 889. "... the humiliating failure of his two attacks on Windmill Hill (6 May and 4 June) ..."
  60. ^ Macpherson 1775, p. 201. "The mareschal de Rosen arrived in the camp before Derry the 17th,"
  61. ^ a b Walker 1893, p. 29. "June 24. or thereabout, Conrad de Rosen, Marshall General of the Irish Forces, is received into the Enemies Camp"
  62. ^ Hogan 1958, p. 37. "... le regiment Fitzgerald, que j'avois pris avec moy, après qu'on luy a eu fourny des armes pour le nombre d'hommes complet dont il estoit composé."
  63. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 152. "At ten o'clock on the night of his arrival, the young boy, warmed it was said with liquor as well as with valour, crossed the Bog at the head of his men, and attacked the outworks at Butcher's Gate."
  64. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 149. "He [Baker] died about a week after, on the 30th of June, and Mitchelburn then took his place as military governor ..."
  65. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 164. "... none but a barbarious Muscovite could have thought of so cruel a contrivance."
  66. ^ Macaulay 1855, p. 235. "Just at this time Kirke received a despatch from England, which contained positive orders that Londonderry should be relieved. He accordingly determined to make an attempt which, as far as it appears, he might have made, with at least an equally fair prospect of success, six weeks earlier."[A note explains this as follows:] "This despatch which positively commanded Kirke to attack the boom, was signed by Schomberg, who had already been appointed commander in chief of all the English forces in Ireland. A copy of it is among the Nairne MSS in the Bodleian Library."
  67. ^ a b Witherow 1879, p. 181. "That day orders were issued by Kirke from aboard the Swallow that three small vessels laden with provisions, under the protection of the Dartmouth, man-of-war frigate, should attempt the passage of the river. The Dartmouth, commanded by Captain Leake, had been ordered round from Carrickfergus for this service; The victuallers were the Mountjoy, of Derry, Capt. Micaiah Browning, a native of the city; the Phoenix, of Coleraine, Captain Andrew Douglas; and the Jerusalem, Captain Reynell.
  68. ^ "Hampton Court Aug 4". The London Gazette. No. 2476. 1 August 1689. p. 2. This day arrived here an Express with letters from Major General Kirk, dated the 29th past, on board the Swallow in the Lough of Derry which bring the good news of the Relief of Derry, ...
  69. ^ Graham 1829, p. 259. "Early on the morning of the first of August, the garrison sent out a detachment to see what was become of the enemy. They saw them on their march ..."
  70. ^ "Hampton Court Aug 8". The London Gazette. No. 2478. 8 August 1689. p. 1. This day arrived here Captain Withers being sent by Major-General Kirk, with News of the raising the siege of Derry: The letters he brings from the Major-General are of the 3d instant from the Isle of Inch ...
  71. ^ McBride 1997.
  72. ^ "Baker Club jewel". Londonderry Sentinel. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  73. ^ Hempton 1861, frontispiece.
  74. ^ "Several thousand people have attended the Lundy's Day parade in Londonderry, which has passed without incident" BBC News, Saturday, 1 December 2012
  75. ^ Gibney 2021, paragraph 7. "Involved in the foundation of the original Apprentice Boys club in 1718, he arranged for a crimson flag to be hung from the cathedral spire on its completion."
  76. ^ "Siege hero Walker felled in midnight blast". Derry Journal. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  77. ^ Macaulay 1855, p. 236. "...and he died the most enviable of all deaths, in sight of the city which was his birthplace, which was his home, and which had just been saved by his courage and self-devotion from the most frightful form of destruction."


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Further reading[edit]

  • Hogan, James, ed. (1934). Négociations de M Le Comte D'Avaux en Irlande (1689–90). Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission.
  • Joannon, Pierre (1993). "Jacques II et l'expédition d'Irlande d'après les dépêches du comte d'Avaux, ambassadeur extraordinaire de Louis XIV". Études irlandaises (in French). 18 (2): 93–108. doi:10.3406/irlan.1993.2920.
  • Mangan, H. (1903). "Sieges of Derry and Limerick". In O'Brien, R. Barry (ed.). Studies in Irish History, 1649–1775. Dublin: Browne and Nolan. pp. 201–250.
  • Mulloy, Sheila, ed. (1983). Franco-Irish Correspondence, December 1688 – February 1692. Vol. 1. Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission. ISBN 1874280320.
  • Mulloy, Sheila, ed. (1984). Franco-Irish Correspondence, December 1688 – February 1692. Vol. 3. Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission.