Enniskilleners at Omagh

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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CHAPTER VI...continued

VISIT TO OMAGH.—Monday, 3rd June.

At Trillic, on the road to Omagh, two troops of Enniskillen horse, under Captain Francis Gore and Captain Arnold Crosbie, were quartered in a house belonging to Captain Mervin. On the 3rd of June, intelligence reached this little garrison that dragoon horses belonging to the Jacobite garrison of Omagh were usually sent out to graze on the waste lands adjoining the town, and were very slackly guarded. They resolved to act upon the information. Taking with them two foot companies, under Captain Henry Smith and Captain Robert Corry, which quartered at Newport, four miles off, they left Trillic at sunset, marched to Omagh, and brought away with them about 160 troop-horses and about as many cows. This they regarded as rather a lucky hit, as at one stroke they disabled three troops of the enemy, and mounted three troops of their own much better than before. The country Irish, as usual, sent forward news that the Eniskilleners were coming, so that the garrison had time to save the town, but not their horses, from being captured.[32]

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[32] MacCarmick, p. 44. Hamilton, p. 22.

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.