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vSn^iKfi tc. Xaii. aats n tie neighbourhood. He had distinguished Vrimy'-- ir sart-htr itit Ezirisx iz. those parts from slaughter and plunder, amc sac r*--sfv-*c neural that had been stripped and robbed. The earl </ Ormcatat kiat iix« at Xaas. took him under his protectkc i* never having beea. concerned in anj act of rebellion, nor g-uiby of axy crime, ncr 't'rtV to any objection, bat the matter of his re5r>:tL. a»a Sraofin Vrrr akmg with him to Dublin.''* Some time aner. wiaie iord Onmot vat absent from town, the proceedings here deserihed comamced. azad the unfortunate O'Higgins was seized, etndemned. and exMsted. This shameful act was near drawing on Coote the pEfiishxaes: which kk inconsiderate violence deserved. The earl ct. Orwmnd*. who was lieutenant-general of the kingdom, was indifTuig when he heard d the hue of his protege, and immediately iasisxed on the trial of Coot*, as an offender against the laws of the land. The lords-jnsxices were unwilling to give op the man on whose xeiiitary talest and bravery they chiefly rested their trust, and who, they were coDseioas. was bat their instrument in a station of the duties of which he was wholly ignorant. The earl of Ormonde expostulated with then in vain, and even threatened to throw up his office: they apologized, and temporiiied, and invented lame excuses, until it was plain that they were not to be persuaded by threats or entreaties: and Coote escaped. Bat the act which was thus made additionally notorious, produced a pernicious effect among the Roman catholic aristocracy and gentry, whose fears h appeared strongly to confirm, t
The next affair at any importance in which Coote is found engaged, occurred on the 3d February, when he accompanied the earl of Ormonde to KHsalashan. within seven miles of Dublin, against a strong armv of rebels whom they drove from their entrenchments and routed completely: the particulars belong to our memoir of the earl of Ormoode
In the beginning of March the earl of Ormonde left Dublin, to march against the rebels in the county of Kildare. During his march, detachments were sent out on various services, under the chief officers of his army. On the 10th April, Coote was sent with six troops of horse to the relief of Birr. On the way they came to a causeway which the rebels had broken up and fortified with a trench, which they occupied. The post was formidable, and the passage appeared quite impracticable to persons of ordinary nerve: Coote here nobly maintained his known character for decision and unflinching intrepidity, alighting from his horse, he selected forty of his troopers, with whom he proceeded on foot against the rebels. The smallness of his party threw them in some degree off their guard: they scorned to take the full advantages of their wooded and entrenched position against forty dismounted troops: but these troopers were soldiers, led by an officer of first rate proof
t It is here bat just to state, that there were other causes likely to produce the same effect. The excesses of the rebels had by this time amounted to a frightful sum. The list of murders through the country was not less than 154,000 between the 23d October. 1642, and March, 1643.—Dr Maxwell's Examination.
and the coolest hardihood, whose presence doubled every man's strength. Without the loss of a single man, Coote and his brave party slew the captain of the rebels, with forty of his men: went on and relieved Birr, Borris, and Knocknamease, and after forty-eight hours' incessant riding and fighting, returned to the camp. "This," writes Cox, "was the prodigious passage through Montrath woods, which is indeed wonderful in many respects." From this adventure, the title of earl of Montrath was conferred afterwards on his son.
He was also soon after distinguished at the battle of Kilrush, befeveen the forces under the earl of Ormonde, and the rebels commanded by the lord Mountgarret. There Coote led the foot, and had no small share in the signal victory of that day. We shall hereafter relate it at length.
Some time after, he joined lord Lisle, to relieve the castle of Geashill, where the lady Letitia Offaley had for some time been besieged by the rebels. This noble lady, aGeraldine, and grand-daughter of the earl of Kildare, though in her 64th year, shut her gates against the rebels, and, with the bravery of her race, prepared to defend her castle. She was summoned to surrender, with a threat from the rebels that, upon her refusal, they would burn the town, and massacre man, woman, and child. To this dastardly menace, the heroic lady replied, that she had always lived among them as a good neighbour and a loyal subject: that she would die innocently as she had lived, and if necessary, would endeavour to defend her town. Being however influenced by the humanity natural to her sex and rank, she remained on the defensive, and the rebels who were still collecting might in the end have added another illustrious victim to the murders of this fatal year, when happily the party of lord Lisle and Coote came up, and relieved her from her peril.
The next place to be relieved was Philipstown. On this occasion a characteristic story is told of Coote. Having to march for that purpose through a difficult and dangerous country, the general called a council. The difficulties being strongly pressed, Coote, who was not of a temper to admit of difficulties, observed, that "if they made haste, they might easily pass the defiles and causeways before the enemy could get together to oppose them." This was admitted, but the question next proposed was, " how they should get back?" "I protest," answered Coote, "I never thought of that in my life; I always have considered how to do my business, and when that was done, I got home again as well as I could, and hitherto I have not missed of forcing my way."
The advice was taken, and the result thoroughly successful; but the time had come when Coote was himself to be deserted by his usual good fortune. They took Philipstown, and pursued their way to Trim, where a large party of rebels had drawn together. On their approach the rebels retired, and they took possession of the town. Lord Lisle immediately took his departure to Dublin to procure sufficient men to leave a garrison in the town. Night drew on, and all seemed still until midnight, when the rebels, to the number of three thousand, returned to attack the wearied party of troopers, who little expected such an interruption to their well earned rest. Coote was too watchful to be caught asleep. On receiving the alarm from his sentinel, he collected seventeen troopers, and rushed out to take possession of the gate. Thus he was enabled to secure a retreat for his party who quickly came up. They then issued from the gate, and charging the disorderly crowd, at once put them to flight in every direction. But a shot either from the flying crowd, or from the town, or as some historians appear to conjecture, from his own party, killed Sir Charles Coote. This'event occurred 7th May, 1642. The next day his body was sent to Dublin, under a strong guard.