A memorial by William Hamill, gent., agent and trustee for the officers and soldiers of the two late garisons of London-Derry and Enniskilling in Ireland, their relicts and representatives
printed in the year, 1714
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This Memorial, written in 1714, is included verbatim in William Hamill's 1721 pamphlet entitled "A View of the Danger and Folly of Being Publick-Spirited and Sincerely Loving One's Country." Both the memorial and the longer "View of the Danger and Folly" explicate and document the failure of the English Parliament to recompense the Protestant defenders of the town of Londonderry in north Ireland against the armies of James II, Catholic contender for England's throne. The author, William Hamill, died in Newgate Prison in 1721, bankrupted by his debts and those of his brother, Col. Hugh Hamill, through the failure of the state to reimburse those who sacrificed themselves and their property to preserve England as a Protestant dominion. The "View" devotes some 30 pages to a graphic description of the Siege of Derry itself, which in the summer of 1689 devastated the town and its people but did not succeed in forcing them to surrender to James II.
For a fuller explication of William Hamill's pamphlet, see Middling Folk: Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family (Chicago Review Press, 2010).