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Defenders of Derry

The Parliament, called in Dublin, by King James, 7th May, 1689, had no representatives from the counties of Derry, Donegal or Fermanagh; and as many Protestants from those counties were engaged in the defence of Londonderry, they are described in the Act as being of Donegal or Derry. In the subjoined abstract, from it, are the names and addresses of such of the attainted persons as appear in the Corporation Minutes or any of the Derry Siege Diaries, as participators in the defence of Derry, Sligo, or of the Passage of the Bann.

Of WHEREAS a most horrid invasion was made by your Majestys unnatural enemy the Prince of Orange, invited thereunto and assisted by many of your Majestys rebellious and traitorous subjects; and having likewise raised, and levied open rebellion and war in several places in this kingdom, and entered into associations, and met in conventions, in order to call in and set up the said Prince of Orange, and the said rebels and traitors, having the impudence to declare for the Prince and Princess of Orange against your sacred Majesty, BE IT ENACTED, that the Persons hereafter named, viz.:

Hugh Montgomery, Earl of Mount Alexander; John Skeffington, Viscount Massareene; William Caulfield, Viscount Charlemont; William Stewart, Viscount Mountjoy; Ezekiel Hopkins, Lord Bishop of Kerry; Henry Lord Blaney, of Monaghan; Sir Arthur Royden, of Moyra, Bart.; Sir Francis Hamilton, of Castlehamilton, Bart.; Sir William Francklin, of Belfast, Bart.; Sir Tristrum Beresford, of Ballykelly, Bart.;

Sir John Magill, of Gill-Hall, Knt.; Samuel Morrison, Gent.; all late of the City of Dublin - Robert Kochford, Esq., of WESTMEATH. Henry Baker, of Dumaghan, Esq.; James Brabazon, of Carrstown, Gent.; Christopher Fortescue, of Dromiskin, Esq.; all of the COUNTY of LOWTH.

George Vaughan, of Buncrana, Esq.; John Forward, of Coolemackiltraine, Esq.; Hugh Hamill, of Lifford, Esq.; William Groves, of Castleshannaghan, Esq.; Kilmer Braizier, of Rath, Esq.; Major Gustavus Hamilton, of Rusogile ; John Wigton, of Raphoe, Gent.; John Coven, of St. Johnstown, Gent.; Chas. Calhoone, of Letterkenny, Gent; James Fisher, of Derry, Gent.; and Capt. Jervis Squire, of Donaghmore; all of the COUNTY of DONEGAL and LONDONDERRY.

David Kearnes, of Askragh, Esq.; Audley Mervyn, of Trilick, Gent.; George Walker, of Donoughmore, Clerk; William Stewart, of Killemoon, Gent.; all of the COUNTY of TYRONE.

John Knox, of Glasslogh, Clerk, of the COUNTY of MONAGHAN.

Clotworthy Skeffington, of Antrim, Esq.; Col. Robt. Adaire, of Ballymena; Arthur Upton, of Templepatrick, Esq.; Lieutenant-Colonel William Shaw, of Gemeway; Captain William Shaw, of Bash; Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Hueston, of Cregg; Captain William Adare, of Ballymena; all of the COUNTY of ANTRIM.

Daniel MacNeale, of Dundrum, Gent., of the COUNTY of DOWN Major Joseph Strowde, of Lisburne, in the COUNTY of ARMAGH. Alex. Stewart, Esq., son to the Lord Mountjoy; Warham Jemett, Collector; Capt. Alexander Lecky, Capt. Samuel Norman, Capt. Matthew Cockins, Capt. Alex. Tomkins, Capt. John Tomkins, Capt. Thomas Moncrieff, Capt. Jas. Lennox, Capt. Horace Kennedy, Lieut. Wm. Crookshanks, Lieut. Jas. Spicke, Lieut. Danl. Sherraid, Lieut. Edward Brooks, Lieut. Henry Long, Lieut. William Macky, Lieut. Robert Morrison, Lieut. Wm. Newton, Lieut. Henry Campsy, Lieut. Henry Thompson, Col. George Philips, of Newtownlimavady;

Lieut.-Col. Edwaid Gary, of Dungiven; Capt. Stephen Heard, Capt. James Strong, Capt. Thomas Ash, Capt. Samuel Hobson, Captain Abraham Hilhouse, of Ballycastle; Col. George Canning, of Garvagh; Capt. Wm. Church, Capt. Miller, Capt. Adam Downing, of Bellaghy; Captain Samuel Wright, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lundy, and David Rosse, of Londonderry, Gent; all of the COUNTY of LONDONDERRY. Capt. Chidley Coote, of Voughtershire, ROSCOMMON. Henry Nickleson, of Ballanagargine, Gent.; Adam Ormsby, of Comine, Gent.; Francis Gore, of Sligo, Gent.; Charles Nicleson, of Larrass, Gent.; all of the COUNTY of SLIGO. Major Owen Vaughan, of Carrowmore, MAYO

-whether dead or alive, or killed in open rebellion, or now in arms against your Majesty, and every of them shall be deemed, and are hereby declared and adjudged traitors, convicted and attainted of high treason, and shall suffer such pains of death, penalties and forfeitures respectively, as in cases of high treason are accustomed. And whereas Robert Lindsay, of Manor Lindsay, Esq. of TYRONE, and Francis Annesley, jun., of Cloghmagherycatt, Gent., of Down, have absented themselves from this Kingdom, since the Fifth of November last, they shall suffer such pains of death, and other forfeitures and penalties as in cases of high treason are accustomed.

This abstract of the Act, is taken from a copy of it published in The State of the Protestants of Ireland under the late King James Government\" As that work was written by William King, Chancellor and Dean of St. Patricks, Dublin, during the Revolution, and afterwards Bishop of Derry, and who must have had opportunities of obtaining correct information, a few passages from it are here inserted:-

The Names of the. Clergy who stayed in Londonderry in the time of the Siege 1688.


Mr. Christophilus Jenny, of Mullaghbreak. Mr. George Walker, of Donaghmore, near Dungannon Mr. Moses Davis, of Donaghendrie. Mr. John Knox, of Glaslogh. Mr. Bartholomew Black, of Aghalow. Mr. Thomas Sempell, of Donaghmore, near Cladyford Mr. Robert Morgan, of Cappy. Mr. John Campbell, of Sego, Mr. Andrew Robertson, of Derriloran. Mr. Michael MacClenachan, of Derry. Mr. Christy, of Monaghan. Mr. Seth Whittell, of Balliaghy, dead. Mr. William Cunningham, of Killishandra, dead. Mr. Richard Crowther, of Comber, dead. Mr. James Watmough, of Arigal, dsad. Mr. John Rowan, of Balteagh, dead. Mr. Elingsworth, near Newry, dead.NON-CONFOEMISTe. Mr. Thomas Boyd, of Aghadowy. Mr. William Crooks, of Ballykelly. Mr. John Rowat, of Lifford. Mr. John Mackenzie, of Derriloran. Mr. John Hamilton, of Donagheady, dead. Mr. Robert Wilson, of Strabane, dead. Mr. David Brown, of Urney, dead. Mr. William Gilchrist, of Kilrea, dead. The Names of the Clergymen that stayed in Londonderry during the siege, 1889. Mr. G. Walker, Governor of Londonderry; Mr. Mich. Clenakan, Minister of the same; Mr. Seth Whittel of Bellioghy, dead; Mr. James Watmouth, of Arigal, dead; Mr. John Rowen of Belteagh, dead; Mr. Richard Crowther, Curate of Cumber, dead; Mr. Tho. Sempel, Curate of Donaghmore; Mr. Robert Morgan, Curate of Gappy.-Of the Diocese of Derry. Mr. Christ. Jinny, Prebend of Mullahbracke; Mr. John Campbel of Segoe; Mr. Moses Davies, of Stewart-town ; Mr. Andrew Robison of Stewart-town ; Mr. Bartholomew Black, Curate of Aghagallon; Mr. Ellingsworth, from beside Newry, dead.-Diocese of Armagh. Mr. John Knox, Minister of Glaslogh, &c; Mr. Johnston, of ??; Mr. Christy, Curate, of Monaghan. Of the Diocese of Clogher. Mr. William Cunningham, of Killishondra.


The siege and history of Londonderry, edited by J. Hempton By Londonderry City 1861

The Irish REBELLION of 1641-42

The writer, one of the commissioners appointed for the examination of Protestant grievances, relates that about thirty ministers were massacred in a small part of Ulster alone, while a still larger number died in circumstances of extreme wretchedness. Of those who were murdered he enumerates the following :-

Mr. Mather of Donoughmore [in Tyrone], cut to pieces and left unburied ; Mr. Blythe, minister of Dungannon, hanged; Mr. Fullarton of Loughgall, to whom Sir Phelim ONeill owed at least six hundred pounds upon mortgages, and though he had a safety pass, was stripped and murdered;

Mr. Matchett, minister of Magherafelt, after long imprisonment, was murdered at Lieutenant Thursbies, in the county of Londonderry ; Mr. Hudson, minister of Desertmartin, taken between two feather beds out of Mrs. Chappels house, where he had been long fed and concealed, was discovered and brutally murdered;

Mr. Campion of Killowen, [ Coleraine], being at the battle of Ballymoney, which the English, in regard of the fatability of the day, called Black Friday, was killed, the rebels commanded by Colkittos sons; at the same battle was slain a Scottish minister, under the command of Colonel Archibald Stewart, late agent to the Earl of Antrim.

Mr.Tudge, minister of Newry, after long imprisonment and many perfidious promises, was, with thirteen more, cruelly put to death, of which none but one Greene, a tapster to Mr. Butterfield of the Newry, escaped, ransoming his life for forty shillings. This Greene brought me this relation in May 1642.(note **)

Mr. Hastings, minister, endowed into a living of Mr. Fairfax, but being schoolmaster in Ballysegart, a house belonging to my honoured friend, the virtuous Mrs. Clotworthy: him they caused to swim in the lough [Neagh] till he was drowned;

Mr. Darragh, my Lord Caulfields chaplain, murdered; Mr. Fleming, minister of Clonfeckle, Mr. Mercer, minister of Mullabrack, and Mr. Burns, curate of Loughgilly, murdered; Mr. Bradleys curate of Ardtrea, Mr. New, killed ; Mr. Wilkinson of Clones, killed at the Cavan ;

Mr. Thomas Crauford, killed by the rebels after quarter was promised; Mr. Montgomery of Dunamain parish, hanged; Mr. Faulmaster, that once lived at Carrickfergus, minister there, was, as his wife informed me, hanged at his church-door; Mr. Flack of Fermanagh, a minister of special note, was, with two of his sons, taken out of Castle Devenish, and also offered up to God as a sacrifice ;

Mr. Michael Berket of Salters-town, flying for safety with his wife and seven small children to Carrickfergus ; where his wife and all his poor children died most miserably for want of ordinary nourishment, himself being famished to the point of death, finding the pangs strong upon him, got leave to go into the church at Carrickfergus, where he had not long stayed, did there depart this life;

Mr. Griffin, Mr. Bartley, Mr. Starkey, curate, all of Armagh, murdered on the 6th of May ; Mr. Beveridge of Killaman, and Mr. Robison of Kilmore, ministers of the same county, were sufferers at the same time; Mr. Lightfoot of Castleblayney, cruelly murdered.

Besides these thus massacred, there died of the pestilential fever Mr. Winter of Astra [Ardstraw], minister; Mr. Luke Astrie, minister of Ballykelly; Mr. Farwood, dean of Dromore; Mr.Edward Stanhope, archdeacon, Mr. Edward Livesly,

** Besides these ministers, the depositions in Temple and Borlase supply the names of several others who were murdered in Ulster; such as Mr. Middleton of Castle Balfour, Mr. Morgan Aubrey, Mr. Robison of Caledon, Mr. John Matthew, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Birge, in the counties of Armagh and Tyrone, and Mr. Akin in Donegall.

John Mather, admitted to the rectory of Donaghmore in April 1635 Michael Matchett, admitted to the rectory of Kildress and Magherafelt in October 1635 Samuel Hastings, admitted to the rectory of Tullaniskin in April 1640.
John Campion, admitted to the rectory of Killowen in December 1628.
Christopher Hudson, admitted to the rectory of Desertmartin in February 1640.
James Montgomery, admitted to the vicarage of Donaghmore, in Clogher, in February 1631.
Hugh Barclay, admitted to the rectory of Carnteel, in the diocese of Armagh, in May 1634.
Richard Winter, admitted to the rectory of Ardstraw in February 1610 James Baxter, admitted to the rectory of Longficld and Termonamongan in April 1618.


*Note-A pamphlet entitled,  A Remenstrance of divers remarkable passages concerning the Church and Kingdom of Ireland ; recommended by letters from the Right Honourable the Lords-Justices and Council of Ireland, and presented by Henry Jones, D.D., and agent for the Ministers ofthe Gospel in that kingdom ; to the honourable House of Commons in England. London, 1642.  This was in consequence of a second commission issued soon after the commissioners had given in and printed their report. It is dated April 6, 1642, and was confined to Ulster. The commissioners specified are Nathaniel Draiton, Daniel Harcourt, William Hammond, Simon Chichester

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