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A. C. Approach the Enemy beat a Parley; but the Geo 1689. neral not allowing their Demands, the Town was

order'd to be Attack d. On the 22d the Trenches Carrick. were open’d, fome Batteries rais’d, and the Siege Fergus Be- carried on in Form. This made the Besieged more fieged Aug. eager to Capitulate; but Duke Schomberg still refu. 22.and :a-fing to let them march out with the usual En. ken 26.

signs of Honour, and they insisting upon it, the Attacks were pursued with great Vigour, till the 26th of August, when considerable Breaches being made, and all things ready for a General Assault, the Garrilon was contented to accept what Conditions the Besiegers were pleas'd to grant, viz. to be conducted with their Arms, and as much Baggage as they could carry on their Backs, to the next Irish Garrison, which was Newry.

Whilst the Siege of Carrick fergus was carrying D.Schom. on the rest of the Horse, Foot and Dragoons, berg rea

which for want of Transport Ships had staid views the behind, were Embark'd at Highlake, and 1.fely Army,

Landed in Ireland: On the 28th of August the GeAug 31. neral return'd to Belfast, and two Days after his

own French Regiment of Horse join'd the Army,

which being muster'd on the last day of that Month, [] To wil,

was found to consist of [ * ] Four Regiments of Horse, the Horse, One of Dragoons, and Eigthteen of Foot. Lord Devonshire's Regiment, the Lord Delamere's, Colonel Coy's, Duke Schomberg's; Dragoons, Colloncl Levison's; Foot, One Battalion of Blew Durch Gilards , Carelsoon's White Dutch, Collorel Beaunione'., Coller.el Wharton's, Lord Drogheda's, Lord Lisburn's, Lord Meath's, Lord Roscommon's, Lord Lovelace's, Lord Kington's, Duke of Norfolk's, Collonel Herbert's, Sir Edward Deering's, Sir Thomas Gower's, Cois lonel Earl's, and the Three French Regiments of La Mellonniere, Du Cambon, and La Caillemote.

The Artillery Horses being, most of them, yet at Chester, the Duke of Schomberg order'd the greatelt part of the Train to be Ship'd, and the Fleet to fail with them and all other Neceffaries to Carlingford Bay, while in the mean time he march'd the Army þeyond Lisburn, and fo onwards through Hilsborough,

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and pitch'd his Camp at Drummore, the Place where A. C. the Northern Protestants of Ireland were not long 1689. before routed by Hamilton. The Day following he continued his March to Lougļbrilane, where the In. niskillin Horse and Dragoons joind him, and chcarfully offer'd themselves to be an Advance-Guard to the Army. Upon their Approach the Irish abandon'd the Newy, a very strong Pass, having first let Fire to the Town; which News being brought to the General, he dispatch’da Trumpeter to the Duke of Berwick, who Commanded there, to acquaint him, That if they went on to burn in this: barbarous manner, he would not give any Quarter. This Message had fo good Effect, that the Irish abandon’d Dundalk without doing any harm to the Town, whither He Encamps Duke Schomberg march'd with his army, and En at Dancamp'd about a Mile North of it, in a low moif da'k. Ground; having the Town and the River towards the West, between him and the Enemy, the Sea to. wards the South, the Newry Mountains to the East, and to the North Hills and Bogs intermix d. The bad Weather, long and constant Marches, and scarcity of Provisions, made his raw Men already begin to faint, but here they met with some Refresh. ment, and on the 9th of September were reinforc'd by Major General Kirk's, Sir John Hanmore's and brigadier Stuart's Regiments. The Duk, at first, delign'd to have continued his Progress, but the Fleet, with the Train of Artillery, failing to come up in time to Carlingford, according to his Directions, was a great dilappointmint to him; and so much the more, that he had Intelligence by an Engineer, who deserted the Enemy, that General de Roje, being then at Drogheda with about 200co Mon, and hearing that the Englisə halıed at Dundak laid, he was fure they wanted something and therefore fent part of his Forces to fcize on Aidee, a small Town between Drogheda and Dundalk.

The Duke de Schumiberg continued in an uncertain Posture till the 20th of spember, when in the Morn. ing he had an Account, that King James having gather'd all his Forces near Diogbeda, advanc'd towards him, and that a Party of 2006 Foot, and

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A. C. isoo Horse were gone beyond the Mountains to 1689. attack 'the Pass at Newry, and fall into his Rear;

thereupon he detach'd a Party of Horse against them, at the light of whom they retreated towards Sligo. However, the Day following the Enemy appear'd in order of Battle, and a great Party of their Horse advanc'd towards the Intrenchments of our Army. Several of the English Officers were for engaging the Enemy, but the Duke told them, Let them alone, we will see what they will do; and though he saw them coming within Cannon shot of his Camp, yet he said hill, He did not think they design d to Fight. However, one Day seeing them draw their Army into two Lines, he sent Lieutenant General Douglas to the Camp. to order all the Foot to stand to their Arms, and the Horse to return to the Camp upon a certain Signal, but till then go on with their Fo. raging. The Soldiers, who were already strugling with Diseases and Want in their Tents, receiv'd these Orders with the greatest Chearfulness in the World, but in some time the Irisz drew off, and so the matter ended, to the great Disappointment and Diffatisfaction of the Arny, who hoped no less than to beat the Enemy, and by a Victory to put an end to their Miferies. But the Duke of Schomberg wisely consider'd, that the Enemy was much Superiour in Horse, that his own Men were Undisciplin'd, and withal weakened by Hunger and Sickness, theirs Aelh'd with Health and Plenty, and that the loss of a Battle might be attended with the

loss of Ireland. A Confpi In a Day or two after the Irish marching off, racy disco- there was a dangerours Conspiracy discoverd in verd in the English Camp, which was carried on by some che Eng. French Papists, who had listed themselves in the lish Army. Protestant Regiments of that Nation; the Officers

having been oblig'd to raise their Companies in fo much hast, that they had no time to examine them very strictly. A Captain of one of these Regiments being inform’d, that four of his Soldiers and a Drummer, who were Roman Catholicks, defigned to go over to the Enemy, he caus'd them to be secur'd, and found Letters about one of them to Monsieur D'

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'Avaux. Upon stricter Examination the Fellow de- A. C.
clar'd he had the Letters from on Du Plessis, likewise 1689.
a Papift, who now serv'd as a private Soldier in
one of the French Regiments, though he had former-
ly been a Captain of Horse in France, from whence
he was forc'd to retire for Murther. Du Plessis be.
ing seiz'd ingenuously confest, that he had written
to King James, and to the French Ambassador, and
acquainted them, that there were divers Papists in
the three French Regiments, whom he promis'd to
bring over to the Irish Camp, upon Condition he
might have the Command of them, and his Pardon
in France. He and his five Accomplices were there.
upon brought to their Trial, fentenc'd to Death by
a Council of War, and accordingly Executed ; at-
ter which the French Collonels made strict enquiry
what Papifts there were in their Regiments, and
found about 250, who by order of the General
were secur’d, disarm’d, and sent over Prisoners into
England, and from thence to Helland, where they
were fer at Liberty.

Though the Duke of Schomberg, thought fit to The Innis-
keep in his Camp with the Gross of his Army,, yet killiners
did he not restrain the Inniskilliners from making defeat the
Excursions : Nor had he Reason to repent this Li-Irish near
berty he allow'd them, for on the 27 thof Septemb. he Sligo.
receiv'd an Account that about a Thousand of them,
headed by Collonel Lloyd, routed a Body of the
Irish that were marching towards Sligo, conhlțing
of about sooo Men, of whom they killd 700, took
O Kelly their Commander, and 40 other Officers
Prisoners, besides a great Booty of Cattle, with the
loss of very few of their Men. His Grace was fo
pleas'd with the News, that having order'd all the
Inniskillin Horse and Foot in his Camp to draw out,
he rode all along their Line with his Hat off, and
caus’d the Dutch Guards and the Inniskillin Foot to
make three running Firings, which were answerd
by the Inniskillin Horfe, and by the Cannon upon
the Works, as also from the Ships that lay at the
Mouth of the River.

The Joy of this Success was fome tinieafter much The Yrila abated by the loss of Sligo, and Jam-s-Town: The take Sliga

Sligo:

A. C: Iris marching that way in a considerable Body, 1689: Commanded by Sarsfield, those of Fames-Town not

thinking it terable,abandon’d it and march'd to Sligo, losing Some of the Men, and killing some of the Irish in their hasty Retreat. Next Day Sarsfield with his small Army advanc'd before Sligo, whereupon Collonel Rufici retired to Ballishannon, and advis'd the Foot also to quit the Place. But nevertheless Monsieur St. Sauveur, a resolute French Captain in Melloniere's Regiment, with his own Company of French Granadiers, and Collonel Lloyd with his bold Inniskilliners staid in the Town, and upon the approach of Sarsfield retreated to the two Forts, Lloyd into one, and St. Sauveur into the other.

The first not knowing how to fublift his Men, reBrave

tir'd that Night with some loss. But the French Aktion of Captain having carried in fome Provisions, and $t. Sau

finding some Ammunition in the Fort, resolved veur at

stoutly to maintain his Poft. The Nights were then dark, and he fearing the Enemy might make their approaches to the Fort undiscoverd, got a great many Fir Deals, and dipping the end of them in Tar, they gave such a Light when set on Fire and hung over the Walls, that he discover'd the Enemy advancirig towards thein, with an Engine they call å som; but having killd the Engineer, and two or three inore, the rest retreated, and he burnt the Engine. Day no sooner appear'd but the Irish were forc'd to quit a small Field-Piece they had planted in the Street, being galld with shot from the Fort by St. Sauveur's Men, who presently after sallied out and kill'd many of the Enemy. But at last their Provision, not their Courage, being spent, and there being little or no Water in the Fort, they surrendred it upon honourable Terms ; and at their marching over the Bridge, Collonel Sarsfield, who would have purchased these brave Soldiers at any rate, stood with a Purse of Gold, and offer'd every Man that would serve King James, Horse and Arns, with five Guineas advance; yet they all made answer, They would never fight for Papists; except one, who the very next Day after he had got Horse, Arms, and the Gold,brought all off with him to Dundalk.

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