Sunday, July 20 1650. I left Dublin with a convoy of horse and foote and quartered neere Kill, about two miles from the Naas.
21. We came to Kilka, sidelong of Castledermott. We were waylayd by Sir Walter Dungan, Scurlock, and others, who were neere Bolton hill, drawen up in 5 divisions of horse. But it pleased God to give us the better in the engagement: we killd one Captain Shartall, and others, and tooke some prisoners, pursuing the rest some miles.
Monday, 22. We came to the army before Catherlagh Carlow, where Sir Hardresse Waller (Major-Generall of the foote) commaunded in absence of the Lord Deputy, who had litle before goune from the leaguer at Catherlagh towards Waterford, which had beene long kept in by garrisons and guards, so as the place thereby and by the sicknes therein raageing was greately distressed. This day began our battery at Catherlagh on the Castle on the bridge. A passage over the Barrow was by one bridge of bullrushes and another of timber.
Tuesday, the 23. The enemy parlied with others [gap: illegible]. This night was Colonel Cromwell sent to the Lord Deputy with the articles of surrender and to understand his Lordships further pleasure concerninge.
Friday, July 26. The guarison of Catherlagh marched away according to the capitulation. They were in number about 200 foote. We placed there part of Colonel Ewers regiment.
Saturday, 27. We removed our quarters to other side of Catherlagh, about halfe a mile from it towards Castledermot.
Sunday, the 28. We marched towards Athy, and quartered at Grange Mellon, proposeing to viewe Athy and to consider of fortifying the place, and to do for it as should be convenient.
Monday, the 29. By order from My Lord we were carred and marched back towards Catherlagh, and passing over the newe bridge we went towards Loghgrenan, (now fortefied and guarrisond,) and that night quartered beyond Leighlin bridge, neere John Sothewell's house.
Tuesday, the 30. We marched by Gerpoint and in the river of the Neor. We quartered beyond Inisteog towards Waterford.
Wednesday, 31. We quartered neere Wetslie [gap: illegible] house.
Thursday, August 1. We came to the army before Waterford.
Tuesday, Aug. 6. This was the first of 8 fast dayes for seeking the Lord, that thereby he might be entreated to returne to his people and to remove the heavy judgment of pestilence in our quarters. That was to continue for 3 weekes. Haveing formerly treated with Commissioners for Waterford, I being one, with others on our part, we this day concluded; the guarison to depart with armes, etc., Generall Preston, remaining in the city for a time.
Friday, the 9th. The guarison marcht away with Sir James Preston towards Athlone. Colonel Sadler was left in the place.
Friday, the 16, We left Waterford and quartered within 3 miles of it.
Saturday, the 17. The fort of Duncannon, beseged by forces under Colonel Cooke, was surrendred; the guarison to march away with armes, etc. We this day quartered neere Thomastowne. We stayd there.
Monday, August the 19. We quartered neere Leghlyn bridge about Sothwell's house. There we then stayd and kept the third day fast, which was continued weeke longer.
1650 Wednesday, Aug. 21. We quarterd beyond Catherlagh towards Castledermot.
Thursday, 22. We quarterd betweene Castledermot and Ravilla, in the way to the county of Wickloe, which being a nest of theeves, my Lord resolved by severall parties at once to fall into it.
Friday, 23. We quarterd at Ravilla.
Saturday, the 24. A party sent from the army into the county of Wickloe, who meeting with other partys, some from Dublin, others from Wexford, into the greate glin called Glenmale, where much catle were taken. We continued at Ravilly until the 30th.
Friday, the 30. We marcht from Ravilla and quarterd [gap: illegible] mile beyond Baltinglas in the way to the Naas beyond the [gap: illegible]. This day Sir Hardresse Waller sent most part of the army toward Mounster.
Saturday, 31. We quartered within 2 miles of the Naas.
Sunday, September 1. We marched and quartered at [gap: illegible] 2 miles from the Naas, neere the rise of the Liffy. There we continued till the [gap: illegible]. Here Sir Charles Coote came to vs, and it was concluded at a councell [gap: illegible] to march toward Athlone; Sir Ch. Coote to joine with us a part of his forces: to that end he went from us northward.
Wednesday, Sept. 4. We removed to Blackhall (about a mile further).
Friday, the 6. Another party sent from us toward Mounster with Colonel Cromwell and [gap: illegible]. Wee removed over the river of Lify at Dove, and quartered beyond Dovedale.
Saturday, 7. We quartered at Moyvally in the way to Tecroghan.
Sunday, 8. We came to Tecroghan, where we received provisions and continued there until the 13th.
Friday, 13. We removed to the waterside at Kinigod.
Saturday, September 14. We quartered at Rathconnell about 2 miles from Mollingare.
Sunday, 15. Sir Charles Coote came up to us 1200 foot and 500 horse. We quartered about one mile from Ballimore.
Monday, 16. We came before Athlone. There the enemy made some showe of resistance; yet, firing part of the towne which was on Westmeath side of the Shanon, they went over the bridge to Connaught part of the towne, where by a drawe bridge and working and breaking the bridge they made goode the passage. Our men possessed that part of the town which had been so deserted.
Tuesday, the 24. Party of horse and foote of Sir Ch. Coote's men being left to Ingliss, the towne of Athlone and to fortifie the same: the Lord Deputy with the rest of the forces and with the guns (one a cannon, the other a demi culverin) marched from Athlone. We quartered 4 miles from it at Oldcastle.
Wednesday, 25. The army quartered neere Ferebane: the Lord Deputy at Kilcolquin, a faire house belonging to Terence Coghlan in the King's county. This Coghlan, notwithstanding his being under protection, admitted a guarison of the enemys into the Castle of Royghara,2 lying upon the Shannon, but in reguard of many difficultys in reduceing it, and for other weighty considerations, it was at a councel of warre resolved to passe it for the present; and having guarrisoned Kilcolgan and [gap: blank] in the King's county to [gap: illegible] towards Be[gap: illegible] other places guarisoned to have a line of communication with our other guarisons of Mounster and Leinster towards Kilkenny.
Thursday, 26. A party of horse and dragoones were sent towards the Birh Birr for discovering the enemy and for sending orders to Kilkenny and into Mounster in order to our farther proceeding.
Friday, 27. Haueing guarisond [gap: illegible] and Kincorre seated on the [gap: illegible] neere the bridge of Ferebon [gap: illegible] the bridge of Ferebane [gap: illegible] we guarisoned a castle on the [gap: illegible] about 3 miles from Ferebane. We quartered at Sir Arthur Blundells house neare Fort Falkland.
Saturday, 28. We marched to Birh (alias Parsonstowne). We guarisoned (in the way thither) a castle belonging to one of the Coghlans. The castle of Birh was on our advanceing deserted by the Irish and the most of it burnt. We guarisoned the place.
Sunday, September 29. Sir Charles Coote and Sir Theophilus Jones with part of the army returned from us toward Athlone. The Lord Deputy with the rest of the army marched toward Roscrea. We lost the canon and demi culver at Birh. We quartered at Roscrea 10 miles.
Monday, 30. We quartered about two miles short of Thurles, which is 12 miles from Roscrea.
Tuesday, October 1. We marched 8 miles and quartered at of C[gap: illegible] belonging to the Archbishop, about 1 mile from Cashell.
Wednesday, 2. Colonel Axtel and Colonel Sankey came to us with provisions. Then we heard of the defense (Friday, Sept. 13) of Scurlog (see particulars, pa. [gap: blank]).
Thursday, 3. We marched and quartered at Thomastowne, 3 miles from C[gap: illegible] in the way to Limbrick.
Friday, 4. The Lord Deputy quarterd at Loughgurre, in the county of Limbrick, belongyng to the Earl of Bath: the army quartered short of it. The Lord Deputy continued heere untill the 6.
Saturday, 5. The army quartered within a mile of Loghgurr in the way to Limbrick.
Sunday, 6. We marched and quartered within 3 miles of Limbrick. Hence the Lord Deputy sent to the city of Limbrick, taking notice of their refusing to admit a guarison [gap: illegible] this night therein [gap: illegible] if they should submitt and [gap: illegible] a passage to the army through theire city they should have protection.
Monday, 7. The army marched neerer Limbrick and quartered on the west of the city. The returne from the Mayor (the Sovereign of the city) to his Lordship's letter afore mentioned was this day brought: theire resolution was for not affording us the passage desired through theire city.
Tuesday, 8. This day was for publique thanksgiving in our army for the greate victory over the English army in Scotland under the command of his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [gap: illegible] of the English. The engagement was at Dunbarre in Scotland, the English being 11,000, (viz.) 7500 foot and 3500 horse[gap: illegible].
Wednesday, October 9. The Lord Deputy went to view Castleconnell.
Thursday, 10. A general muster was this day of our army at the leaguer.
Tuesday, 15. At a councel of warre it was resolved not to proceede by way of force for gaining Limbrick3 at this time in reguard of the season and many accompanying inconveniently, onely to block it up on this side the water by guarrisons adjoining. It was resolved to proceede in makeing a bridge at Castleconnel. Then had we intelligence of the enemys being in [gap: illegible] of 3000 foot and 800 horse in the king's county and that they had taken Kilcolgan,4 belongyng to Terence O Coghlan, lately joined by Colonel Cringleford: and the [gap: illegible] regaining our other guarisons lately, also settled in the county betweene, Kilcolgan and Birh.
Friday, 18. A party of horse and dragoones was sent from the campe to meete with Colonel Axtel other forces for marching toward the Birh and for meeting the enemy or secure quarters thereabout.
Saturday, 19. We drewe back from Limbrick and quartered at T [gap: illegible] 3 miles from Limbrick.
Sunday, 20. Of the army some being sent to Kilmalock, Ad[gap: illegible] Castleconnell, and Loghgurra, these we ordered into other places for service. The Lord Deputy with the rest of the forces [gap: illegible] his Lordships quartered: Colonel Ewer with the army quartered 3 miles short of Castleconnell.
Monday, 21. The army marched and quartered at G[gap: illegible] (4 miles beyond Castleconnell toward Cashell). The Lord Deputy quartered at Armaile neere Cashell.
Tuesday, 22. We quartered at Cashell, about 6 miles from [gap: illegible].
Wednesday, 23. Part of the army being otherwayes disposed and the carriages sent to Clonmell or Kilkenny, the Lord Deputy with a considerable party of horse and foote moved to joine or to second the other 2 partys commanded by Colonel Axtel, Colonel [gap: illegible] and Colonel Abbot, for meeting with the enemy of whom we had intelligence they were besigeing of Birh. We quartered at Thurles, 7 miles from Cashell.
Thursday, October 24. We marched about 5 miles from Thurles and quartered at Burresalea in Upper Ormond, near a castle belonging to Walter Bourke.
Friday, 25. We marched 7 miles and camped before the castle of Nenagh, belonging to the Lord of Ormond. In it was a guarison, Sir George Hamilton being in command. Walter Butler sent a resolute answer for [gap: blank] peace from Sir George Hamilton [gap: illegible] to the contrary. Thus about halfe an houre before Colonel Cooke, Colonel Sanchey, Colonel Axtel, Colonel Abbot, and Colonel Shelborne with about 2600 horse and foote forced into the Island of Melick upon the Shannone neere Birh: where were encamped and fortified about 4000 Irish foote and 400 horse of Clanricard's army. The enemy disputed well for a time the 3 passes into the Island, but being beaten off the whole party fled. About 500 of them were slaine, more then that number drowned in the Shanon there and at Banaghar (alias Fort Falkland), whither they were pursued and overtaken. All theire campe, full and rich, was by ours possessed.5
Monday, the 28. The Major-General Sir Hardress Waller came up to the army at Nenagh.
Tuesday, 29. Colonel Sanchey, Colonel Abbot, Colonel Cooke, Colonel Shelborne came to the campe with theire partys and with the cannons from Birh. This night the governor of the castle offered the surrender of it on conditions.
Wednesday, 30. The castle yeilded, 108 men of the guarison marching away without arms (only the officers) and with theire wearing apparall. We guarisioned it. The Lord Deputy with a part [gap: illegible] found the Castle of Dromeneer ([gap: illegible] miles from Nenagh) [gap: illegible]re the Shanon which was a guarison of the enemys, there was a Lieutenant and 50 men where we placed a guarison. We tooke also Castletown, Arah, and some other places thereabout. Colonel Cooke and Colonel Shelborne with the forces brought with them returned toward Wexford.
Thursday, 31. Colonel Ewer with part of the army marched toward Kilkeny. The Lord Deputy with a party went to visit some castles in Ara upon the Shanon. His Lordship quartered at Castletown in Ara (4 miles).
Friday, November 1. Lord Deputy marched by Kilaloe and quartered at Nenagh.
Saturday, 2. The army marched to Latragh (4 miles) to Ferny bridge (7 miles) and quartered at Cashell (6 miles).
Sunday, November 3. We quartered at Clonmell.
Monday, 4. We quartered at Waterford.
Wednesday, 6. We came to Kilkenny, the heade winter quarter.
Thursday, 7. This was set by as a day of [gap: illegible] thanksgiving at Kilkenny for God's [gap: illegible] us in the whole worke of this [gap: illegible] service.
Saturday, 9. [gap: illegible] toward Dublin and quartered at Gowran.
Monday, 11. We came to Dublin.