The League of Augsburg

Guest post: On the trail of the Jacobite War in Ireland Part 3 - The Fort

Friend of the blog Peter A shares his some of his Irish campaign experiences from Kinsale 1690....

The Fort – Kinsale

Kinsale at 7.30am on a Sunday morning. Clear, bright, cold. Sun rising over the remains of the old James Fort. The harbour still and quiet – waiting for the day.

That peace – an enchanted moment – the sea and the shape of the hills is a view untouched for a thousand years – any modern...

Guest post: The Williamite Wars in Ireland - Part 2 - The River

Friend of the blog Peter A -  wanderings in ancient Ireland – part two

It is along road from Kinsale to Limerick. But much harder on foot or on horseback than by car. The first tough haul is the twisty, tortuous undulating road up to Cork – that caused Marlborough’s men so much trouble in bringing his heavy artillery down to take part in the siege of Charles Fort, Kinsale.

Once beyond Cork, we head...

Wandering Around Ireland, Part III

Clarence Harrison - The next day of our trip took us to lots of different sites!

Before leaving Enniskillen, we stopped at Enniskillen Castle and just had a walk around the outside. On March 11th 1689, Gustavus Hamilton formally declared Enniskillen for William of Orange. A day later, James II landed at Kinsale seeking to win, with victory in Ireland, the springboard for an assault on England....

Book Review - Behind the Walls - Nicola Pierce

Behind the Walls - a novel about the Siege of Derry 1689

I don't normally do book reviews on the blog although I have occasionally written some for the trade press in the past.
I thought I'd make an exception for this book which I picked up in the Visitors Centre at The Boyne last month for a couple of reasons; It is about a subject in which I have a deep and abiding interest and not often written...

Guest post: Williamite Wars in Ireland Part 1 - The Walls

Friend of the Blog Peter A takes us with him on part one of his three part odyssey following the Williamite Wars in Ireland - The Walls, the River and the Fort – wanderings in ancient Ireland

Arms of Cork - a safe harbour for ships

1.      This report is in 3 parts. First, the siege and taking of Cork – the breach and destruction of its medieval walls - which were unfit to resist determined late 17t...

Wandering Around Ireland, Part II

Clarence Harrison - A little after noon, Barry, Bob, and I rolled into Londonderry proper. We passed through the walls at Ferryquay Gate and climbed a set of stone steps to the top of the wall in a drizzling rain.

The walls of Londonderry were built in 1613-18 and the entire circuit remains intact today. Of course there have been repairs and the original gates were enlarged to allow for modern...

Wandering Around Ireland, Part I

Clarence Harrison - Now that the dust has settled and I'm back in some sort of routine, I've had time to sort through my pics and make some notes on my trip. Of course the first few days were spent in Dumphries at the the LoA Weekender. I'm going to leave the details of the games to Mr. Hilton as I was busy killing Jacobite horses (yes, I wasplaying on the Jacobite side) and like the commanders of...

Lots to blog about.. did we REALLY do that?

New Dutch West India Company forces attack English Creoles on Jamaica

Well, Clarence is on his flight west, Bob is back studying 18 wheelers and I am back at LoA HQ trying to make sense of the last seven days. We've manage to cram a lot into a week. Five wargames, 10 players, three theatres, an 860 miles road trip, eight battlefields and lots of walking.

Captured from whom? French Militia? We think...

William of Orange - Warfare Miniatures by Mark Allen

Mark Allen was one of the main influences on my obsession with the period which has given its name to this Blog. I drooled over Mark's inspirational figures and games photographed so carefully by Duncan Macfarlane as far back as 1991 when they were a staple of Wargames Illustrated. His series on the armies of the period is still a go to resource for me and I am certain, many others.

It therefore...

The Battle of Aughrim 1691-2016 325th Anniversary

I am delighted to feature a post by Alan Larsen explaining the role his Re-enactor group 'The Troop' played in the commendable commemorative event which took place in the Summer of 2016.

Photo: John Finnerty (By permission)

As many readers will know, Aughrim tends to be the forgotten major action of the Williamite Wars in Ireland. This is quite remarkable given that it was a larger and more decisive...

Snowstorm? Brainstorm? Fraudstadt.. League of Augsburg style

Looking from the Swedish right towards the Russian positions

I honestly thought I had blogged our Fraustadt refight(s). Clearly I had not! A request to know more on another thread has prompted me to go to the archive and pull out some pix and scour my memory for what actually happened on the day (s) we ran this in Dumfries two or three years back.

The Swedish Army from its left wing looking long the...

The Warp Factor

A knee jerk response? I do hope not!

This piece picks around in the delicate minefield of borderline xenophobia. It has fermented through a series of conversations and exchanges which have on occasion provoked me to address the keyboard in an earnest fashion. Ironically the most recent was a conversation about the great British victory of Waterloo (not this Blog's core period but the straw which...