August 1690

August ye 1st. Some raine. I gave in my petition to ye Comrs [Commissioners]. Ye K[ing] went to ye camp, which is on its march to Limrick.

Ye 2d. Very fayre. We arriv’d before Limrick after beating ye enemy out of all ye feilds and ditches. I went to Dubber on ye 3d, and on

Ye 4th I went to Sr Rich B: to Raboth. Nothing materall till ye loth. I went to Clontarfe: din’d there, and went to Dubber.

[‘No entries between the 4th and the 11th.’]

Ye 11th. I went to cousen Swans, and stay’d most of ye day. This night about 12 a clock Sarsfield wth a party of horse seized our great guns att Cullen, and spoyld our boates; but 6 of 8 guns were againe recover’d. Women and children kill’d by ye enemy.

[No entries between the 11th and the 17th.]

Ye 17th. Still fayr weather. We opened ye trenches this night, and beat ye enemy out of several forts and sconces, and in one fort we kill’d 80; Kirke giving them the same quarter wch they gave our waggoners.

Ye 18th. This night by mistake our men fell foul on each other, and fir’d and kill’d about 20. Ye enemy made a sally, but were repulls’d wth considerable loss.

Ye 19th. Our men reliev’d theyr guards about 4 in ye afternoone, to prevent ye inconvenience of last night’s mistake, occasioned by ye darkness of ye night.

Ye 20th. In ye morning we batter’d ye remaining fort ye enemy were possess’t of wthout theyr counterscarp. About 2 in ye afternoon we storm’d it wth a detachment of Grenadiers, who wthin halfe an houre tooke it, putting 1 50 to the sword, sparing only theyr Capt Barrett, by ye Ks [King’s] order. About 5 ye enemy made a vigorous sally wth ye best of theyr force, both horse and foote, and after near an houre’s dispute were beaten into ye town, leaving 500 dead in ye place.

[‘No entry for the 21st.’]

Ye 22th. About 5 this morning ye enemy made another sally; but theyr last loss and defeat made them more wary, and retir’d in less than a quarter of an hour wth some loss.

[‘No entries between the 22nd and the 27th.’]

Ye 27th. This day ye King order’d counterscarp to be storm’d, which our men did wth great bravery, and beat ye enemy into ye town, after whom our men, pursuing too farr, severall both officers and soldiers were kill’d, by the springing up of severall mines, and ye rest forc’d to retire. This day I returned home.

[‘No entry for the 28th.’]

Ye 29th. The King designed to storme ye town [Limerick] this day; but, the raines falling so heavily these 2 dayes past and the trenches so full of water, it was thought fitter to raise ye seige. This day Mr. Fowkes dy’d.

Ye 30th. Mr. Fowkes was buryd att Ardee. This morning our army decamp’d from before Limrick, and ye King went to Waterford, in order to embarque for England.