Appointment of Council for North-East of Ireland

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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It being notoriously known, not only to the Protestants of the Northern Counties, but to those throughout this whole Kingdom of Ireland, that the public peace of this nation is now in great and imminent danger, and that it is absolutely necessary for the Protestants to agree within their several counties in some method, besides those ordinarily appointed by the laws, for their own defence and the preserving as much as in them lies the public peace of the nation which is so much endeavoured to be disturbed by Popish and illegal counsellors and their abettors. And for that, unity, secrecy, and despatch are necessary to the effecting of the said design; therefore, we the persons hereunder subscribing our names, do in behalf of ourselves and Protestant tenants, authorize and empower Sir Arthur Rawdon, Baronet, Sir Robert Colvil, James Hamilton of Newcastle, John Hawkins, and James Hamilton of Tullamore, Esq., or any three of them, to assemble at such time and place, and as oft as they shall think fit, and to consult, advise, and determine of all matters which relate to the public peace of this County and Kingdom. And we the said persons hereunto subscribing our names, Protestants in the County of Down, do hereby engage for ourselves, and, as far as in us lies, our tenants aforesaid, to perform and execute all such orders, commands, and directions, as shall from time to time be made public, or given by the said persons or any three of them as aforesaid. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names, this 17th of January, 1688/9.
J. H., etc.

In witness of the acceptance of the above trust, we have hereunto put our hands.

A. R.
R. C.
J. H.
J. H.
J. H.1

1 Further Account, p. 19.

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Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689

Thomas Witherow's thoroughly researched and well-annotated work is a classic account of the Siege of Derry, from the shutting of the gates against the Jacobite forces by the thirteen apprentice boys to the relief of the city by Major-General Kirke's fleet in July 1689. The defence of Enniskillen and the counteroffensive actions of the Enniskilleners is also ably documented.

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Fighters of Derry

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.

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The Actions of the Enniskillen-men

While the epic siege of Derry is usually accorded its proper place in history, the contemporaneous exploits of the Enniskillen men are often overlooked. This is manifestly unjust because the Enniskilleners demonstrated bravery and heroism in battle at least equal to that of the defenders of Londonderry. Some, of course, rate the actions of the Enniskillen men more highly. As far as Revd Andrew Hamilton, the Rector of Kilskeery and author of A True Relation of the Actions of the Inniskilling Men (1690), was concerned ‘The Derry men saved a city but the Enniskilleners saved a kingdom.’

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