|English foot , they will be masquerading as Irish for this game
In the historic battle a polyglot force of English, Scottish, Danes, Huguenot French, and Dutch under General De Grinkell attacked a well emplaced force of Jacobite Irish. The Irish were protected by a network of fields to their front and one flank was guarded by a village only accessible across a narrow causeway.
For the refight we lacked sufficient Irish so pitched Richard's British forces against Nigel's Dutch, Danes, and English. Both sides has 14 infantry battalions with the Williamites enjoying a 6 - 4 advantage in cavalry regiments.
|The battlefield from the Williamite left flank
|The battlefield from the Williamite right flank
|The Williamite centre stands ready
|The Williamite right deploys opposite the causeway
|The Williamite left where the main thrust would occur
For their part the Irish adopted a fairly simple plan - having a good defensive position they opted to largely hold their ground but with a cavalry thrust on their right (so facing the Williamite attack) rather than sit back and await their fate. There was some debate about the possibility of an infantry attack in the centre that rumbled through most of the game but never materialised.
|Irish left anchored on a village and ruined castle
|The Irish centre-left, lots of infantry
|The Irish centre - more infantry
|Irish dragoons defending the ruined castle
|A clash on the causeway
|The English horse push through but then disappear into the distance!
|View from the Williamite gun position
|More English standing-in for Irish
|View from the centre - Irish stand ready in the fields ahead
|St Ruth inspects the Jacobite lines
|De Grinkell's horse advance and battle is joined
|De Grinkell's horse secure the flank
|Swedish cavalry standing-in for the English
|Danish infantry mount their assault
|A second view of the critical assault
|Things look bleak on the Irish right
|The flank crumbles
The end result was somewhat close to history with the Williamite forces mounting a successful attack against the Irish right, which was the weakest in terms of its natural defences. The real battle was decided when the hapless St Ruth was decapitated by a cannon ball at a point where the battle was still in the balance. His untimely death caused the Jacobite's to lose confidence and withdraw.
|A jubilant Will I Am celebrates the victory