Daniel Eccles, of Clones, to Enniskillen

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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GENTLEMEN,—Passing all compliments of thanks, we are so assured that two companies of foot are marching to Enniskillen, that Captain Nugent with other officers are in Clones this night on their march thither; but as for their soldiers, though they were expected there, it's thought they will go by Newtonbutler, and it's supposed they are in Drum. We pray God bless you, and can only tell you, that a troop of dragoons came to Armagh Saturday last, where the inhabitants offered them candle, fire, and salt, so that if they expected any further necessaries, they were to pay beforehand, whereupon the Lieutenant marched to his Captain, Col. Bryan MacMahon at Charlemont, and the townsmen went to church with their arms, of which two sentinels were placed on the steeple, to fire their firelocks and ring the bells, as a signal to the country, if they had offered anything ill; of which we had no further account.

As to what other things you propose, assure yourselves, we shall be as ready to offer all testimony of friendship, as may be expected from such as are not wanting to pray for you, and are expecting a particular correspondence from you, as you shall have from us," etc.

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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 into identifying participants at the siege which the author undertook when suffering from ill-health in the latter part of his life.

The book is essentially divided into two parts: the first contains 1660 biographical entries relating to the defenders of Derry, tracing, where possible, the family lineage; and the second part includes 352 entries 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., there is also background given to many of the most influential families involved in the conflict.