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FROM THE PERIOD OF THE ENGLISH
INVASION TO THE PRESENT TIME,
PRINTED BY J. Christie, 16, ROSS-LANE,
FROM THE PERIOD OF THE ENGLISH INVASION
TO THE YEAR 1810.
ONE circumstance of calumniation, brought forward by Leland and Hume against the unfortunate Shane O'Neil, was forgotten in the preceding numbers. “ Such was his rage against every thing English, that he hung one of his followers for eating English biscuit." That is not probable. 'Tis much more likely, that he was executed for holding treacherous correspondence with the enemy, of which his possession of English biscuit afforded presumptive proof; for how could he, on examination, account otherwise for the fact, since only English soldiers could give it to him? But to return to the Irish war.
Maguire, aided by O'Donnell, laid siege to his castle of Enniskillen; to the relief of which the deputy hastened with his forces, but on the way
he learned that he was too late. The English garrison had already surrendered. The troops, detached against the besiegers, were totally defeated by O'Donnell; and the garrison, reduced to extremity of distress, surrendered, and were massacred by the angry victors, who thus