May 1690

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May ye 1st. Some showers. Ye Quarter sessions was held here. Mr. Stanly is continued on his Recognizance. I was att play wth Mr. King, and att evening was wth ye Justices att Rattliffes. Threllford escap’d.

Ye 2d. Very fayr. I saw Mr. Suddell who is return’d from London. I was att play most of ye evening wth Mr. King, who is fallen very ill, and was late wth Coll Matthewes and others att Rattliffes.

Ye 3d. Very good growing weather. A. soldier who came late from Ireland tould us of some action att Charlemont, where 30 of ye enemy were killed and 25 taken prisoners, wth ye loss only of 7 of our side, and that Tirconnell was in disgrace with K J. Coll Matt: gave us a noble treat att ye anchor. Capt Poultny came in just as we were at supper.

Ye 4th. A fayr day. Coll Matthewes and Capt Poultney went hence. I receiv’d a large mapp wth some verses from Greenfeild. Ye mapp is of Ireland, and ye verses an anniversary song, made by Durfy, on ye Q birthday, being ye 30th of apr.

Ye 5th. Some raine. I walk’t and din’d wth Mr. King, att Penwortham, and was on att night wth Tom Ashton, who payd his way att ye dogg.

Ye 6th. Much raine. We have newes of recruits being gotten into Charlemont. I saw one Buchanan who was a minister att Clogher in Ireland.

Ye 7th. A very fayr day. Severall of us din’d att ye marsh. I bowl’d most of ye day, and when I came home I went wth Mr. Mollineaux to Rattliffs. Sr Edw Chisnall came to us.

Ye 8th. Very fayr. I was handsomely treated by Sr Ed Chisnell att ye anchor. Here was Capt Pash and Corpr Berry of Sr George St. George Regiment. They are sent wth private orders relating to Papists. I was late wth them and wth Sr Ed Chis.

Ye 9th. Very fayr. Sr Edw Chisnall treated ye Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Councell, att ye anchor. Coll Rawstorne and his Lady came to visitt us. I heard of H. Bickertons misfortune, and was att night wth Sr Ed Chisnall.

Ye 10th. Very fayr. Dr Wroe came hither. I was wth him. I bought some wheat to send for Ireland. Sr Edw Chisnall went hence.

Ye 11th. Very fayr. Ye Vicar preach’d. In ye afternoone I walk’d to Penwortham wth Mr King, Winkly, and Frankes.

Ye 12th. Very fayr. This day we remov’d into ye Friargate, to Evan Hewson’s house. I putt 2 sacks of wheat on board ye may flower to send to Ireland.

Ye 13th. Very fayr. Cousen W. B. went wth me to ye vessell.

Ye 14th. Very fayr. I putt some brandy and biskett, etc., on board, and bowl’d att ye marsh in ye afternoon.

Ye 15th. Very fayr. We were treated att Gradells

Ye 16th. Still fayr. I went and tooke leave att Penwortham. At Mr. Fleetwood’s, &c.

Ye 17th. Very fayr, but sharp and windy. I tooke leave of severall in ye town. Cousen Johnson visited us. I was wth Sr Wm Penington and Mr. Fleetwood. Betty was very ill last night.

Ye 18th. Still fayr. We had an account from Lerpoole of Lewt King’s deserting K James and coming over wth a list of ye Irish army. He sayes that Charlemont has capitulated to surrender. I bought my gray horse from Jean, at boat house, for £7 10s.

Ye 19th. Very fayr. Mr. Greenes child christened. My sister treated Mr. King and us att dinner. We were very merry, and late att George Rattliffes, and sung att ye high cross.

Ye 20th. Very fayr. I was att Marsh

Ye 21th. Much raine. Ye fast day. Mr. Bland preach’d a very good sermon, but fell very ill of his legg. I was wth Coll Rawstorne and others att Rattliffes.

Ye 22th. A fayr day. I came to Leverpoole wth cousen W. B. and Mr. King. We had ye assurance of ye surrender of Charlemont and Woolselye’s action att Ballingargy. Ye Pinnace of ye monk was lost wth ye Lewt and 12 men. I saw Winkworth who made escape from Dublin in apr.

Ye 23th. Very windy. We bowl’d. Martyn ye Attourny came in a Gabbard from Dublin. He gave an acct: of my freindes, but was very reserv’d to ye Mayor.

Ye 24th. Much wind and raine. Giles had his legg broken. Dr Richmond and severall freindes were wth us.

Ye 25th. Much raine. A funerall sermon over Hughes of Dublin, a goldsmith. Dr. Guithers was wth us.

Ye 26th. Some raine. We went to Highlake. Went to Capt Greenhill for an order for our horses. Was on board ye Ruby, and returned to Leverpoole.

Ye 27th. Much raine. Mr. King and I came to Hyle lake. We din’d wth Mr. Vickars. Came to Wallesy, to John in ye Gutters, where we mett Cremer, Foster, Person, and Allcock. My man came to us att 12 att night wth an order to shipp our horses.

Ye 28th. Raine in ye morning. We went to Hyle lake, and shipt our horses early, and sayld about 3 in ye afternoon. We came att night in sight of Isle of Man. Our ship ye Betty of Biddiford; Tho: Marshall mr

Ye 29th. A fayr day. Gale in ye morning, but calm about nine. We lay most of ye day near ye Mull of Galloway, and att evening came to an Anchor near ye Copeland Islands.

Ye 30th. Some showers. About 3 this morning we came to an anchor att ye Whitehouse. I went wth Mr. King to Carrigfergus. Saw Dean Ward, and Mr. King heard yt Kirke was displeased att him. About 12 I came by boat to Belfast. Din’d att Mr. Carbuy’s, sup’t wth Mr. Twigg, and lay that night wth him. I wrote to Nabby.

Ye 31th. Some raine. I came to Lisburn: waited on Ma. Gen. Kirk. Was wth ye Duke, who was very obleiging. I din’d wth ye Earl of Meath, and came to Jo. Whites.