The Lord Mountjoy's Articles, with the City of Derry, 21st December, 1688

From Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689 by Thomas Witherow

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Articles of agreement indented, made, and concluded, by and between the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Mountjoy, Master of the Ordnance, and one of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, of one part, and the Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of Londonderry, in behalf of themselves and the inhabitants of the said City, and their adherents, of the other part, at Londonderry, this 21st of December, 1688.

1. That the said Lord Mountjoy shall with all possible expedition, and at furthest within fifteen days after the date hereof, procure a free and general pardon to all and every the inhabitants, of the city, suburbs, and liberties of the city of Londonderry, and to all and every person and persons within the Province of Ulster, that have abetted and adhered unto them, for all matters and things relating to the late commotion and revolution in the said city; and for all offences done against the law, murder excepted, and all penalties thereby incident and incurred; the same to be perfected under the great seal, and delivered to the sheriffs of the said city, or their order, within the time before limited and published by proclamation.

2. That until the said pardon be so perfected and delivered, no more or other soldiers shall be garrisoned in the said city, or quartered in the liberties thereof, except the two companies commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lundy, and Captain William Stewart; and that whatsoever companies shall after that time, and after the first day of March next, be quartered in the said city and liberties, shall consist of one-half Protestants at the least.

3. That until the pardon be delivered as aforesaid, the inhabitants of the said city shall not be disturbed in keeping their guards and watches; and that no stranger or unknown person shall be permitted to come within the city, with fire-arms or swords, or to lodge within the gates all night, unless he be allowed by Colonel Lundy, and the two sheriffs.

4. That if at any time before the first of March next, the soldiers of the Lord Mountjoy's regiment shall by patent, or other order, be required to remove, the said Lord, or his officer commanding in chief, shall leave the said city free to their own guards and watches.

5. That if at any time any inhabitant or inhabitants of the said city and suburbs, shall desire to remove with his or their family and goods, he or they shall be freely permitted; and that the ships now in the harbour, or which shall be hereafter laden, shall not be stopped by any embargo; and if any ship or ships which have sailed from this port since the seventh day of this instant December, shall be arrested or stopped in any port or harbour within this kingdom, on account of the late commotion, the said ship or ships shall be immediately released.

6. That until the twenty-sixth day of March next, no soldiers of the Earl of Antrim's regiment shall be quartered in the city or liberties of Londonderry, to prevent all animosities and disorders that may arise between them and the people.

7. That the Lord Mountjoy shall interpose with the commissioners of His Majesty's revenue on behalf of Warham Jemmet, Esq., and other officers of the customs, that no imputation or blame may remain on them, for the involuntary compliance with the people of Derry in the late commotion; and that his Lordship may be pleased to pardon William Hemsworth, clerk of the stores, and Alexander Watson, gunner, for the like offences.

8. That the two sons of the Lord Mountjoy now resident in Londonderry, shall remain in the said city, as pledges for the full and final performance of these articles.

9. That the said two companies commanded by Colonel Lundy and Captain Stewart shall be permitted to enter the city, and be quartered therein by the sheriffs of the said city, whensoever the Lord Mountjoy shall appoint it, and the keys of the gates and magazine delivered to his order.

10. That in the meantime all arms taken out of His Majesty's stores shall be gathered, and, after the pardon delivered as aforesaid, shall be returned to the clerk of the stores fixed and in good order. The inhabitants of the said city nowise doubting or mistrusting, that since their undertaking and late actions took their rise from self-preservation, and to avoid imminent danger, they shall be absolved before God and the world from all tincture of rebellion, perverseness, and wilful disobedience to the King's authority, and the established laws of the land.

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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.