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The Taking of Kinsale, 1690
Contemporary Broadside – A Full and Particular Relation of the Taking Town and Forts of KINSALE, and how they were Besieged both by Sea and Land. Licensed, October 10, 1690. J.f. A contemporary broadside printed one side only, for Langley Curtis, near Fleet bridge, London, 1690, approx. 31cms x 19.5cms (12 1/4″ x 7 3/4″).
A detailed and graphic account, evidently composed by an eye-witness of how the Earl of Marlborough sent 500 horse and dragoons to reduce Kinsale, from which King James had sailed for France after his defeat at the Boyne some three months earlier. The town was quickly taken, but when the Old Fort was called on to surrender, ‘O’Sullivan More, who was in it, refused and said he would hold it out to the last man, firing his Cannon, and hung out a bloody Flag.’ Marlborough sent reinforcements, and three cannon were drawn to the top of compass Hill, ‘which commanded the Old Fort, and began to play upon it: After 4 hours firing the Enemy were forced to cease, for this hill commanded them so, that not a Man could stir but either the Cannon or some of our Musquets hit them. In the night our Men marched gently down the Hill; which the Enemy espying, fearing some Assault designed, beat a Parlee, and surrendered on the Terms offered them.’ the following day, a combined assault from land and sea forced the surrender of the New Fort. ‘ About 4 in the Afternoon, all things being ready, the Scaling Ladders were raised up against the Walls, and our Men run up with that Vigour, and repeated huzzas, that the Enemy had no time to think of their Defence, but were put into a Confusion, that they retired into the Fortress in great Disorder.. Never was so warm an Attack known, for the Land Forces on one side, the Seamen on the other, and the Ships to the Water, thundered forth such Peals of Cannon, that there was no possible resisting. Our Men being thus possessed of the Platform, the Enemy hung out a White Flag, and were accepted of as Prisoners of War. Thus we became Masters of one of the most considerable Fortresses in Ireland, and of the best Port and Harbour in the whole World.”
After this engagement Limerick was the only significant town in Munster still in Jacobite hands. a scarce and interesting broadside. Sweeney 2040: Wing F. 2287.