On arrival at Castle Rushen Colonel Duckenfield encircled
the walls but before commencing hostilities gave the Royalist
Garrison a chance to surrender. The Countess of Derby
was still distraught at the news of her husband's death
in England (beheaded in Bolton 15th April 1651),
but resolved to fight on. She sent her rejection of the
surrender demand - via Mr. Broom, her steward - with contempt!