Letter from Belfast to Lord Blayney

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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APPENDIX 13

LETTER FROM BELFAST TO LORD BLAYNEY.

My Lord,—We herewith send you a copy of the Capitulation betwixt Lord Mountjoy and the City of Derry whereupon that place was put into the hands of Lieut.-Col. Lundy. We also send your Lordship a narrative of what passed betwixt my Lord Mountjoy and a gentleman we intrusted from hence, to manage both with his Lordship and the city; by all which your Lordship may perceive, that Lord Mountjoy proposeth managing the Protestant interest by less hazardous means than was intended, and we are unwilling to suspect his Lordship's sincerity, and think it may be prejudicial to us as yet to thwart his Lordship. Whereupon, we think it most advisable for us to defer putting anything in execution till a new notice is given, and that in the meantime we may take care that his Lordship be discovered herein, and we thereby judge what are the measures most proper for us to subdue. We believe your Lordship hath wrote to Lord Granard and Lord Kingston, and we now desire that you will, with the utmost speed, give them and other our friends intimation of this our altering our resolutions with the motives thereunto. We also desire that you would acquaint Lord Granard, that we do however rely so much on him, that if he judges our method best, and either hath or will make any steps towards countenancing thereof, so as to think his honour in the least engaged, that we will all unanimously stand by him. Your Lordship perceives, that it is likewise intended, that Enniskillen submit as Derry hath done. We refer it to your Lordship to consider if means ought to be used, that they at least delay so doing, and for your Lordship to act therein or prevent it as you think fit, etc.
BELFAST, Dec. 26th. 1

1 Further Account, p. 12.

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Fighters of Derry: Their Deeds and Descendants, Being a Chronicle of Events in Ireland during the Revolutionary Period, 1688–91

William R. Young's Fighters of Derry has for decades been one of the most overlooked works on the Siege of Derry and as a local genealogical resource. First published in 1932, the book was the product of ten years’ research which the author undertook when suffering from ill-health in the latter part of his life.

Fighters of Derry

The book is essentially divided into two parts: the first contains 1660 biographical entries relating to the defenders of Derry and the second has 352 on the Jacobite side. Apart from individual accounts of eminent protagonists in the siege, such as David Cairnes, Rev. George Walker, the Duke of Schomberg, Patrick Sarsfield, etc., and the not so eminent too, there is also background given to many of the most influential families involved in the conflict.


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