Relief of Derry, The
DESCRIPTION: "Dartmouth spreads her snow-white sail, Her purple pennant flying O: While we the gallant Browning hail, Who saved us all from dying" [Mountjoy] rams the blockade and seems stranded -- "we mourned our falling city" -- but "a favouring gale" frees it.
EARLIEST DATE: 1987 (OrangeLark)
KEYWORDS: battle rescue death Ireland patriotic food
Jul 28, 1689 - Browning's ships break the 105 day seige of Derry (source: Kilpatrick [see Notes])
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OrangeLark 8, "The Relief of Derry" (1 text)
cf. "The Shutting of the Gates of Derry" (subject: the siege of Derry) and references there
NOTES: On July 28, 1689 three ships -- Mountjoy, Dartmouth, and Phoenix -- on the Foyle broke the seige bringing food; captain of the Mountjoy was Michael Browning, who was killed in the battle. (source: Cecil Kilpatrick, "The Seige of Derry: A City of Refuge" at the Canada-Ulster Heritage site) - BS
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