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Extract from The Pacata Hibernia – or a history of the
wars in Ireland during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. First
published London 1633.

The siege of Glynne (Glin) July 1600

‘The next day, when wee looked that the cannon should begin to play,
the Cannonniere found the Peece to be cloyed, all the art and skill
which either the Smith, or himselfe could or did use, prevailed nothing.
The President (who is a man that knowes well to manage great
Artillery) commanded that the peece upon her carriage (as she was)
should be abased at the tayle, and elevated at the musle, as high as
it might bee: then he willed the Gunner to giue her a full charge of
powder, roule a shott after it, and to giue fire at the mouth, whereby
the touch- hole was presently cleared, to the great rejoicing of the
Armie, which of necessitie in attempting the Castle (without the
favour of the Cannon) must haue endured great losse. This particular I
thought good not to omitt, because it may be an instruction to others,
whensoever the like accident should happen. The Peece being thus
cleared, the President having the Knight of the Valleyes eldest sonne,
( a child of six years olde) in his hands, to terrifie the Warders, hee
caused the child to be set upon the top of one of the Gabions, sending
them word, That they should haue a faire marke to bestow their small
shott upon: The Constable returned answere, That the feare of his life
should not make them to forbeare to direct their Volleys of shot to the
batterie: for said he ( in undecent termes not fit for me to write ) the
place is open where he was borne, and the Knight may haue more
sonnes. The President not intending (as hee seemed) caused the
Infant to be taken downe from the Gabion, knowing that the
discharging of the Cannon would haue shaken the poore childes bones
in sunder, and then presently hee commanded the battery to begin,
and the small shott did so incessantly burne powder, as the Warders
durst not stand to their fight, until a breach was made assaultable
into the Seller under the great Hall of the Castle: all this was done
with the losse of one onely man, a Cannoniere’.
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