A Capt Withers makes several appearances in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries in 1689, where he is to be found living in Preston between March and August. In October he was serving in Ireland, by then a major, and early in the month Thomas Bellingham records meeting him (4 October 1689). He was probably the Capt Henry Withers (Grendrs.) listed in the Queen Dowager’s Regiment of Foot in 1689; he had served in the regiment for several years at that time. He is described as one of General Kirke’s most trusted officers and, shortly after his meeting with Bellingham, he was appointed Adjutant-General of the Foot in Ireland on 20 October 1689.