An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 eBook

Mary Frances Cusack
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[539] Arrived.—­The journals of two officers of the Williamite army have been published in the Ulster Arch.  Jour., and furnish some interesting details of the subsequent campaign.  One of the writers is called Bonnivert, and was probably a French refugee; the other was Dr. Davis, a Protestant clergyman, who obtained a captaincy in William’s army, and seemed to enjoy preaching and fighting with equal zest.

[540] Sick.—­Harris’ Life of King William, p. 254, 1719.  Macaulay’s account of the social state of the camp, where there were so many divines preaching, is a proof that their ministrations were not very successful, and that the lower order of Irish were not at all below the English of the same class in education or refinement.  “The moans of the sick were drowned by the blasphemy and ribaldry of their companions.  Sometimes, seated on the body of a wretch who had died in the morning, might be seen a wretch destined to die before night, cursing, singing loose songs, and swallowing usquebaugh to the health of the devil.  When the corpses were taken away to be buried, the survivors grumbled.  A dead man, they said, was a good screen and a good stool.  Why, when there was so abundant a supply of such useful articles of furniture, were people to be exposed to the cold air, and forced to crouch on the moist ground?”—­Macaulay’s History of England, People’s Ed. part viii. p. 88.

[541] Eminence.—­Journal of Captain Davis, published in the Ulster Archaeological Journal, vol. iv.

[542] Twenty thousand.—­Captain Davis’ Journal.

[543] Shoulder.—­Davis’ Journal The coat was exhibited at the meeting of the British Association in Belfast, in 1852.  It had descended as an heirloom through Colonel Wetherall, William’s aide-de-camp, who took it off him after the accident.

[544] Career.—­History of the King’s Inns, p. 239.

[545] Been.—­Life of William III. p. 327.

[546] Charge.—­See the Green Book, p. 231, for some curious stories about this engagement, and for a detailed account of St. Ruth’s death.

CHAPTER XXXIV.

Formation of the Irish Brigade—­Violation of the Treaty of Limerick—­Enactment of the Penal Laws—­Restrictions on Trade—­The Embargo Laws—­The Sacramental Test introduced—­The Palatines—­The Irish forbidden to enlist in the Army—­Dean Swift and the Drapier’s Letters—­Attempts to form a Catholic Association—­Irish Emigrants defeat the English in France, Spain, and America—­The Whiteboys—­An Account of the Cause of these Outrages, by an English Tourist—­Mr. Young’s Remedy for Irish Disaffection—­The Peculiar Position and Difficulties of Irish Priests—­The Judicial Murder of Father Nicholas Sheehy—­Grattan’s Demand for Irish Independence—­The Volunteers—­A Glimpse of Freedom.

[A.D. 1691-1783.]

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