Derry Address to King William

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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To the Most Excellent Majesty of William and Mary, King and Queen of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defenders of the Faith, etc.

The humble Address of the Governors, Officers, Clergy, and other Gentlemen, in the City and Garrison of Londonderry.

We, the most dutiful and loyal subscribers of this Address (out of a deep sense of our late miserable estate and condition), do hereby return our due acknowledgments to Almighty God, and to your sacred Majesty, and, under you, to the undefatigable care of Major-General Kirk, for our unexpected relief by sea, in spite of all the opposition of our industrious, but bloody and implacable, enemies; which relief was no less wonderfully than seasonably conveyed to us, and that at the very nick of time, when we (who survived many thousands that died here of famine during the siege) were just ready to be cut off, and perish, by the hands of barbarous, cruel, and inhuman wretches; who no sooner saw us delivered, and that they could not compass their wicked designs against this your Majesty's city, and our lives (for which they thirsted), immediately set all the country around us on fire, after having plundered, robbed, and stripped all the Protestants therein, as well those persons they themselves granted protections to, as others; we do therefore most sincerely rejoice with our souls, and bless God for all His singular and repeated mercies and deliverances; and do for ever adore the Divine Providence for your Majesties' rightful and peaceable accession to the Imperial Crown of these kingdoms (the proclaiming of which was justly celebrated in these parts with universal joy); and we do with all humble submission present to your sacred Majesty our unfeigned loyalty, the most valuable tribute we can give, or your Majesty receive from us. And since the same Providence has (through much difficulty) made us so happy as to be your subjects, we come in the like humility to lay ourselves entirely at your royal feet, and do most heartily and resolvedly offer and engage our lives and fortunes to your service. And further, we do most unanimously join in a firm and unchangeable vow and resolution of improving all occasions of becoming serviceable to your Majesty, in what station soever it shall please God and your Majesty to place us; and will expose ourselves to all hazards and extremities to serve your Majesty against the common enemy. From all which promises, vows, and services, we and every of us promise (without any exception or reserve) not to recede unto our lives' end. In testimony of all which, we have hereunto subscribed our names at Londonderry this 29th day of July, Anno Dom. 1689:—

George Walker.
John Mitchelburne.
Richard Crofton.
Thomas Lane.
Hugh Hamill.
Charles Kinaston.
William Campbell.
Gervase Squire.
Henry Monro.
Henry Campsie.
Adam Morrow.
John Dobbin.
Alexander Stewart.
Thomas Gughtredge.
Thomas Johnston.
Thomas Newcomen.
Edward Davyes.
John Hamilton.
Thomas Ash.
Robert Boyd.
Ralph Fullerton.
Michael Cunningham.
Joseph Johnston.
Robert Bayley.
William Grove.
John M'Clelland.
James Graham.
William Thompson.
James Young.
Richard Cormack.
Oliver Apton.
Alex. Knox.
Patt. Moore.
John Humes.
Robert Dennison.
Marmaduke Stewart.
Richard Flemin.
Henry Cust.
John Crofton.
Benjamin Wilkins.
Thomas Lane.
James Blair.
Dudley Phillips.
John Buchanan.
Edward Curling.
William Church.
Dalway Clement.
Albert Hall.
Matthew Cocken.
Thomas Brunett.
William Stewart.
Franc Wilson.
Matthew M'Clellany.
George Crofton.
William Babington.
Robert King.
John Logan.
Alexander Rankin.
Edmund Rice.
Robert Walker.
James M'Carmick.
John Cochran.
James McCarthy.
Warren Godfrey.
John Cunningham.
Henry Lane.
George Walker.
Andrew Baily.
Daniel Mons. Cuistion.
John Baily.
Robert Lyndsie.
Francis Boyd.
James Fleming.
Andrew Grigson.
Christopher Jenny.
Thomas Smyth.
Bartholomew Black.
John Campbell.
Robert Morgan.
Michael Clenaghan.
Richard Fane.
Stephen Godfrey.
William Hamilton.
Robert Rogers.
James Galtworth.
Richard Islen.
Arthur Hamilton.
Michael Bullack.
James Stiles.
James Cunningham.
Archibald M'Culloch.
Francis Obre.
Alexander Sanderson.
Archibald Sanderson.
Arthur Noble.
Philip Dunbarr.
George White.
Thomas White.
Ja. Gladstanes.
John Maghlin.
James Tracy.
John Halshton.
Joseph Gordon.
James Hairs.
Andrew Hamilton.
Adam Ardock.
Robert Wallace.
George Church.
James Carr.
William Montgomery.
James Moore.
Nicholas White.
John Fuller.
Thomas Key.
Frederick Kye.
Thomas Baker.
John Hering.
James Hufton.
Adam Downing.
Abraham Hilhouse.
John Mulholland.
Robert Bennet.
William Dobbin.
George Garnet.
James Barrington.
Henry Pearse.
Alexander Ratcliffe.
Thomas Odayre.
John Hamilton.
Daniel Fisher.
John Cross.
William Cross.
Bernard Mulholland.
David Mulholland.
Thomas Conlay.
Robert Skinner.
Richard Robinson.
Robert Maghlin.
Matthew Clarke.
John Clements.
William Manson.
Theophilus Manson.
James Manson.

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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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