Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Locking the gates
In 1688 James II proposed to replace the Protestant garrison in the city with Catholic troops. Rumours were rife that the citizens were to be massacred. Meeting in the Diamond, the city leaders could not make up their minds whether to admit the new garrison. Fourteen young men - the 13 Apprentice Boys and their look-out - lost patience. They drew their swords, ran to the guard house, seized the keys to the city, raised the drawbridge of Ferryquay Gate, and shut and locked it. From that day the siege was only a matter of time.
Getting the message across
Extraordinary measures were called for during the 1689 siege. Leaving from the Ferryquay volunteers took messages between the defenders and the ships waiting to relieve the city. One small boy slipped through the lines of Jacobite troops with messages hidden in the gaiters that held up his stockings or sewn into a cloth button. On one occasion the message was conveyed in an animal's bladder concealed within the boy's body. The messages from within the city were grim - only five day's food left and men dropping dead from disease.
Ferry across the Foyle
From the 1620s ferries crossed the Foyle to the landing stage below Ferryquay Gate. Before the first wooden bridge was completed in 1791 passengers could wait
During the Troubles going to work or shopping could take longer than expected. The British Army set up checkpoints at the main gates into the city and at Craigavon Bridge. The city centre might be cleared during a bomb scare and streets were regularly closed due to bomb damage or protest marches. People were stopped by soldiers and asked for their personal details. They were sometimes searched.
Location. 54° 59.671′ N, 7° 19.211′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Touch for map. Marker is on the City Wall walking path, adjacent to the Ferryquay Gate on Ferryquay Street. Marker is in this post office area: Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 6RG, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Ferryquay Gate (a few steps from this marker); The Walled City (a few steps from this marker); Demi-culverin Cannon (within shouting distance of Newgate Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Demi-culverin Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Newmarket Street (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); New Gate (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
Also see . . .
1. History of Derry-Londonderry. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Siege of Derry, 1689. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Troubles, 1963 to 1985. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Disasters • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.