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Major General KIRK'S LETTER To his Grace the Duke of HAMILTON,Dated from the Iſle of Inch,Auguſt the 5. 1689.

THE Officers I ſent to Inchkillin has had ſuch good ſucceſs, that Obliges me to trouble Your Grace with this Expreſs, which was brought me laſt Night from theſe Parts.

Laſt Wedneſday the Iriſh had the greateſt Blow ever they had ſince Skerfallows, from our Men, for in the Night before, we ſent about eight Troups of Horſe, and three Foot Companies towards Luneskea, and about ſix in the Forenoon, Collonel Anthony Hamilton came againſt them with a Regiment of Dragoons, three Troops of Horſe, and a conſiderable Body of Foot, at whoſe Approach our Men Retired about two Miles, Fi­ring ſtill at the Enemy in the Rear, and then haulted: The Iriſh came furi­ouſly on, and our Men received them with their ſmall Shot, and Killed about twenty of them; and, upon this the Iriſh Retired, and our Men Advanc­ed, and put them immediatly to the Rout, and had the Chaſe of them through the Town of Luneskea, and all the way to Donagh, and then ſtop­ped, having come within view of the Body of the Iriſh Army, who were ſtrongly poſted betwxt Donagh and Newtoun-Butler, our Men then Retired to the place where this Skirmſh began, expecting the reſt of our Army, and all this time we loſt not one Man, and had only about half a Dozen Woun­ded, but Killed of the Enemy about a hundred and fifty, and took thirty five Priſoners: About ten of the Clock the reſt of our Army came up, and joyned with us, and then we were about 1200 Horſe, and 1500 Foot, and ſo we Marched toward Newtoun-Butler, where at the ſteep Hill on this ſide of the Town, the Enemy had pſted themſelves very advantageouſly, and kept the place about half an hour, Firing moſt deſperatly at our Men, but they are the worſt Markſ-men in the World, for not one Man of ours was touched, but of their Men we Killed about half a ſcore, and than they retired in very good order through Newtoun-Bulter, (having ſet the Tower and all the Houſes about on Fire before) and our Men purſued them to another ſteep Hill, be­yond Newtoun, where they had their Cannon placed, and then they all faced about upon our Men, having ſeven Cannon placed upon the Hill above the Road, and a great Bogg on each ſide, that no Horſe could paſs; but our General, Colonel Wolſley (who was up to the Elbows in Blood, he likes us, and we like him very well; ſent a Detachment of Foot through the Boggs on each ſide of the Road, and they played with their Cannon and ſmall ſhot at them, but with the ſame ſucceſs that they had formerly, for nor one of our Men were touched with the Cannon, and but ſix of our Men Kil­led with ſmall Shot whereas our Men Killed about an hundred of them on the ſpot where their Cannon was placed; Killed their Gunners, took their Cannon, and then the whole Army took the Chaſe, and ours after them, the Horſe keeping the Road, and all their Foot betaking themſelves to the Bogg, that lay next to Lough Erne; and being all ſtrangers in the Countrey,2 our Foot followed them till the Lough ſtopped them, Killing them all the way, about five hundred of them took the Lough, and Were all Drowned except one man that ſwimmed through; And in ſhort, of above three Re­giments of Foot, not twenty eſcaped, of being either Killed, Taken, or Drowned, our Horſe purſuing their Horſe all the way toward Cavan we found about 2000 Killed, beſides what were Drowned, look above 300 Priſon­ers, whereof above fifty Commiſſion at Officers, and Lieutenant General Mccarty one of them, who is come yeſterday moſt deſperatly Wounded; we hope in a ſhort time to give the ſame Account of thoſe at Bunderouſe near Ballyſhanny, and then will march towards Derry, when we are free from our Enemies at home; for ſince Derry is ſupplyed with Proviſions, we need not go there till we be free of Enemies at home, ſo in a ſhort time we are in hopes to ſee the North quieted: We have got very good Officers, and are very numerous in Men, and now well Armed by the Spoils of the Enemies, who are retired to Cavan. The Army that was before Derry is Marched to Charle­mount, on their way to Dublin: It's alſo Reported, that Colonel Sarsfields Army is gone back to Sligo.

I have alſo Intelligence that they are frighted with an Army from England, Landed near Dublin, which if it be true, their Buſineſs will be done this Summer, for I dare ſay, they will never ſtand a Month, after any of our Army Lands in Ireland.

I was at Derry yeſterday, to order a place to Encamp; ſince I was born I never ſaw a Town of ſo little Strength, to Rout an Army with ſo many Generals againſt it. When your Grace ſees the Draught that I will ſend you by the firſt convenience, you'l be of my opinion. The Houſe a generally broke down by the Boms, there having been five hundred ninety one Shot, Shot into the Town. The Walls and Out-work are not touched.

Your Graces moſt Humble and Obedient Servant, R. KIRK.

THis day his Grace the Duke of Hamilton received another Letter from the Duke of Schomberg, dated the 13. Giving Account that he was got into Bangor Bay in Ireland, with the Ships, Proviſions, and Forces under his Command from England: And that the Coaſt were wholly clear, the Iriſh ha­vingun all away So that he hoped to prevent any Diſturbance to this Nation from thence.

Edinburgh, Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderſon, By Order of the Secret Council, Anno Dom. 1689.

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TextMajor General Kirk's letter to his Grace the Duke of Hamilton, dated from the Isle of Inch, August the 15. 1689.
AuthorKirke, Percy, 1646?-1691..
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Bibliographic informationMajor General Kirk's letter to his Grace the Duke of Hamilton, dated from the Isle of Inch, August the 15. 1689. Kirke, Percy, 1646?-1691., Hamilton, James Douglas, Duke of, 1658-1712.. 1 sheet (2 p.) Printed by the heir of Andrew Anderson, by order of the Secret Council,Edinburgh, :Anno Dom. 1689.. (Caption title.) (Imprint from colophon.) (Reproduction of original in: Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.)
  • Ireland -- History -- War of 1689-1691 -- Sources.
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