were two occasions when local resistance to the occupation
proved too much for troops with muskets and swords so the
cannons had to be wheeled out. The master gunner, his assistants,
and most of the occupying force marched down to the harbour,
pulling the guns, carrying gunpowder cannonballs and all
the equipment necessary for offensive action.
A base was established on the harbour, cannons loaded
and aimed in the direction of King William's College (well
a Royalist rebellion would come from there wouldn't it?)
Two cannons were fired about about ten times each and
when the Royalists were silenced the Parliamentarians
retired back to the safety of the Castle.
Then - when Sunday afternoon came to an end - they packed
everything away and drove off to catch the evening Steam
Packet sailing to Heysham!
A great weekend - Sealed Knot - come back again soon.
The Sealed Knot have an excellent website:
For further information there are three Isle of Man contacts:
Martin Franks - 83 64 49; Martin Gershman - 61 41 35;
and Ray Ledingham - 83 29 91.
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