efforts, it appears, were made to teach them arts and agriculture.
Robbery and assassination were punished.
And, thus, by the infusion of new blood, and the partial improvement of the ancient race, Ulster
, which had been the most savage and turbulent of the Irish provinces, became, and remains to this day, the best cultivated, the richest, and the most civilized.
One of the six counties was Londonderry
, the capital of which, called by the same name, had been sacked and razed during the rebellion.
The city was now rebuilt by a company of adventurers from London
, and the county was settled by a colony from Argyleshire in Scotland
, who were thenceforth called Scotch-Irish
Of what stuff these Scottish colonists were made, their after-history amply and gloriously shows.
The colony took root and flourished in Londonderry
In 1689, the year of the immortal siege, the city was an important fortified town of twenty-seven thousand inhabitants, and the county was proportionally populous and productive.
William of Orange
had reached the British
returning from France
had landed in Ireland
, and was making an effort to recover his lost inheritance.
The Irish Catholics
were still loyal to him, and hastened to rally round his banner.
was Protestant and Presbyterian; the city of Londonderry
's stronghold, and it was the chief impediment in the way of James
' proposed descent upon Scotland
With what resolution and daring the people of Londonderry
, during the ever-memorable siege of that city, fought and endured for Protestantism and freedom, the world well knows.
For seven months they held out against a besieging army, so numerous that its slain numbered nine thousand.
The besieged lost three thousand men. To such extremities were they reduced, that among the market quotations of the times, we find items like these:—a quarter of a dog, five shillings and six-pence; a dog's head, two and six-pence; horse-flesh, one and six-pence per pound; horse-blood, one shilling per quart; a cat, four and six-pence; a rat, one shilling; a mouse, six-pence. When all the food that remained in the city was nine half-starved horses and a pint of meal per man, the people were still resolute.
At the very last extremity, they were relieved by a provisioned fleet, and the army of James retired in despair.
On the settlement of the kingdom under William and Mary, the