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Toy soldiers and real battles: Siege of Limerick 1691 : Thomond Bridge (Part 2)

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Siege of Limerick 1691 : Thomond Bridge (Part 2)

The Thomond Bridge was defended by two forts and covered by fire from Limerick's batteries. These obstacles held up General Ginkel's advance for some time. On 22 September, Colonel Zachariah Tiffin led the grenadiers of Ginkel's army and stormed the forts supported by regiments of foot that included Tiffin's Inniskillings. The Jacobite defenders of the forts retreated to the city drawbridge where, because it had already been raised, they were decimated; it was said that the dead lay ‘in heaps higher than the parapet of the bridge’. That same evening, negotiations for the terms of surrender began and Tiffin entered the city as one of the 'hostages' sent pending the conclusion of negotiations. The city capitulated on 3 October, and the Treaty of Limerick concluded the three-year campaign in Ireland by King William's III's army against King James II's now defeated Franco-Irish army. Thus ended, what the Irish titled, the ‘War of The Two Kings’ (Cogadh an Dá Rí), a war concluded by a treaty whose soon-broken civil articles would have a profound effect on the future of Ireland for centuries to follow. General Patrick Sarsfield would leave Ireland, under the terms of the military articles agreed in the treaty, with a Jacobite army of some 14,000 men (including families and children) and arms and be transported to France to join King James, leaving behind around 2,500 soldiers, who returned to their homes, and a further 1,000 who joined William’s army ( battle model is presented at King John Castle's museum in Limerick (Ireland). 

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