Appointment of Commander-in-Chief for County Down and County Antrim, 1689

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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By the Council of Five of the Counties of Down and Antrim, pursuant to a trust reposed in them by the Nobility and Gentry of the said Counties.

Having an entire confidence of the conduct, valour, and fidelity of the Right Hon. Hugh, Earl of Mount-Alexander, We do hereby empower his Lordship to command all such forces as shall from time to time be raised by us, and other the Inhabitants of the said Counties of Down and Antrim, for preserving the publie peace of the said Counties and other parts of this Kingdom in these distracted times, wherein no lawful Government is established in the Kingdom of Ireland. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands this 18th day of January, 1688/9.

Antrim, A. R., R. C., J. H.
Down, J. H., J. H.1

1 Further Account, p. 21.

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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.