DESCRIPTION: 200 years ago "James and all his rebel band" were forced to retreat from Derry's Walls. "Blood did flow ... For many a winter's night." "At last, with one broadside Kind heaven sent them aid" and broke the seige. Now "we'll guard old Derry's Walls"
EARLIEST DATE: c.1895 (Graham)
KEYWORDS: battle rescue death starvation Ireland patriotic
Dec 7, 1688 - The "Apprentice Boys" close the Londonderry gates against Lord Antrim's "Redshanks"
Jul 28, 1689 - Browning's ships break the 105 day seige of Derry (source: Cecil Kilpatrick, "The Seige of Derry: A City of Refuge" at the Canada-Ulster Heritage site)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Graham, p. 4, "Derry's Walls" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Shutting of the Gates of Derry" (subject) and references there
cf. "No Surrender (I)" (subject)
cf. "Derry Walls Away" (subject)
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