Lectures on the History of Ireland
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...sanctioning so unjust a measure; its injustice must have been obvious to James, but he was swept along in the torrent of Irish revolution, and it was carried. But they did not stop here; but attainted 2,000 persons of treason, including almost all the leading Protestants of Ireland, by which their estates would be forfeited because they were adherents of the Prince of Orange. Each member it is said of this house of parliament gave in a list of his Protestant neighbours, and all were considered guilty. William's general, Duke Schomberg, who had landed with 20,000 men in county Down, was not prosecuting the war satisfactorily; the Irish, under the French general De Rosen and his officers had kept Schomberg in check, though they were badly armed and in want of money; but James would not allow them to attack Schomberg in his encampment; so fever and disease fought for the Irish and swept off half of Schomberg's army before they went into winter quarters. In the spring of 1690, the French generals, D'Avaux and De Rosen had obtained their recall; but not before De Rosen had so far forgotten himself as to tell James that if he had ten kingdoms he would lose them all. General De Lauzan was then sent over with 5,000 men. The English parliament were becoming impatient; so William proceeded to Ireland to conduct the war himself; he said he did not intend to let the grass grow under his feet, and after a few days, with 36,000 men, he began his march on Dublin. James determined to risk an engagement, but it was against the advice of his best officers. The Irish were confident he said and his army was larger; so he advanced to Oldbridge and took up a position there on the right bank of the river Boyne. On the 3Oth June William arrived with his army at the...
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