How Rothorike of Connagh, and all his whole armie was discomfited.
IMMEDIATLIE vpon the foresaid persuasions, cuerie man with all spéed had
made him selfe readie and got on his armor, thinking it too long yer they did
bicker with the enimie: and being all assembled and in good arraie, they diuided
them into thrée wings or wards, though in number they were verie few. In the
first was Reimond with twentie gentlemen and his few soldiers. In the second
Miles Cogan with thirtie gentlemen and his other few soldiers. And in the third
was the earle and Maurice Fitzgerald with fortie gentlemen and all their soldiors. And
in euerie ward were some of all the citizens, sauing such as were appointed for the
gard and safetie of the citie. Thus all things being set in an order, they suddenlie in
the morning about nine of the clocke issued out, but not without some conteution
and controuersie: for they striued among themselues, who should haue the fore
ward, and giue the onset vpon the enimies, who were in number about thirtie
thousand: neuerthelesse they in the end agréed and applointed in order how all
things, should be doone: and forthwith issued out and gaue the onset vpon their
enimies, who then were out of araie and order, being vnwares of their comming.
Reimond among the first being the tirst was foremost, & gaue the first aduenture,
and striking two of his enimies through with his lance or staffe slue them both.
Meilerius also and Girald and Alexander the two sonnes of Maurice, although they
were in the rereward; yet they were so hot vpon the spurre, and followed in such Iustie
maner, that they were as forward as the foremost, and right valiantlie did ouerthrow
and kill manie of the enimies.
The like valiant minds were in all the whole residue, who now striued & serued
all for the best game: and so lastilie they acquitted themselues, that the enimies
being afraid, were falne to take their héeles and to run aware. But they still
followed and pursued them euen vntill night, still murthering & spoiling them.
Rothorike the king himselfe trusted so much in the great troops and multitudes
of his people; that he thought nothing lesse, than that so small a number as were
within, would issue out and giue the onset vpon so manie as were without. And
therfore taking his pleasuŕe and pastance, lie was then a bathing: but when he
heard how the game went, and how his men were discomfited & the most part
fled or flieng awaie, lie neither tarried for his chamberleine to apparell him, nor
for his page to help him: but with all the hast and post hast he could, he turneth
a faire paire of heeles and runneth awaie: and albeit he were verie sharpelie pursued,
yet (though hardlie he escaped. At night all the companie being returned,
they recouered themselues into the citie againe: not onelie with the honor of the
field, but also with great booties and preies of vittels, armor, and other trash.
Immediatlie also were dispersed the other camps, namelie the archbishops,
Machiaghlin, Machelewn, Gillemeholocke and Okeneelos, who had all the force
of Lemster, sauing a few of Kencile and Wexfotrd: and these were incamped on
the south side. Likewise Ororike of Meth, Okarrell of Vriell, Mac Shaghline
and Ocadise whic were incamped on the north side raised their campes and shifted
for themselues. On the morrow, all things being set in good order, and good
watch appointed for the safe kéeping and custodie of the citie, they march
towards Wexford, and take the higher waie by Odroue.