|Lord Mountjoy's Regiment leave the city in November 1688
This is the first in a series of Derry packs. It focuses on the events
which sparked the conflict - the arrival of the Earl of Antrim's Regiment to
replace Lord Mountjoy's Regiment as garrison. Nothing out of the ordinary
there, one unit replacing another however, Derry was a Protestant town
populated by planter families, many from London (hence the alternative name
|The Earl of Antrim's Regiment question fishermen on Derry Quay
Antrim's regiment was recruited from the glens of Antrim
and the Scottish Highlands. These men were affiliated to the Catholic
Macdonnell (Macdonald) clan. A letter (now widely believed as a fake) known as
the Comber Letter had been circulated amongst the Protestant communities in
Ireland saying that on December 9th 1688, Catholics would rise up and slaughter
Protestant civilians - men, women and children, in their homes.
|The new Derry scenario pack
This kind of
agit-prop was bound to create a reaction and so on the 8th December, a bunch of
lads known as the Apprentice Boys - shut the gates of Derry in the faces of the
|Volunteers flock to the city for support and self preservation - March 1689
Coincidental with this act, a pretender to the throne had invaded
England and caused Kings James II to flee. He was the King's son in law/nephew.
Willem van Oranje. He was a Dutchman although half-Stuart (through his mother
(the King's sister) and through marriage to his cousin, the King's daughter,
Princess Mary. His main reason for the coup? He needed English money, soldiers,
ships and power to stave off the conquest of his own country by the
all-powerful French monarch Louis Quatorze (XIV) - Le Roi Soleil.
|Scratchbuilt section of Derry's walls - BH
|A section of Neville's contemporary map of the siege. I believe it was created months afterwards.
These three scenarios model the tension around the port city of Derry on
December 7th and 8th 1688 and the first action when the city was besieged
in April 1689.
|John Michelbourne(Mitchelburn) English officer and defender of Derry
Many of the characters who will become very familiar, begin to make
appearances in this pack such as Adam Murray. John Michelbourne and
|A model of the city. Photo courtesy of Peter A.
Two of the games are Donnybrookers and the third is a small BLB battle
modelling the frenetic activity around the city's walls as the Jacobite host
closed in to begin the longest siege in the history of Britain.
|The view west from the walls the low ground was the bog. Jacobite lines were beyond.
So much action happened around Derry between March and July 1689 that it
is likely there will be at least six Derry packs. We have to deal with the
battles and skirmishes crossing the rivers to reach the city. The actions on
Windmill Hill and at Pennyburn, the riverine activities of the garrison
including forays to the east bank of Lough Foyle and upriver. The attacks on
the walls facing the Bogside, Kirke's expedition and of course, breaking the
|The boys close the gates. Museum in Derry.
I have been fascinated by the siege for years and have made some studies
of my own which have given an insight into the complex politics of both sides
which were far from harmonious. The tensions between Anglicans and
Presbyterians within the garrison. The power politics within the Irish and
English factions of the Jacobite besiegers which were further complicated by
the Machiavellian French.
Enjoy the excitement and intrigue of an event the still resonates in
|Jacobite soldiers of the besieging force.
|Battle on April 18th 1689 - Scenario from the pack