West Cork History

John Stevens was a Jacobite and landed in Bantry on the 2nd May 1689.  The enclosed piece is from a collection of tales in ‘Diaries of Ireland’,  An Anthology 1590-1987, by Melosine Lenox-Conyngham, The Lilliput Press, 1998.

Thursday 2 May 1689

We landed in Bantry, which is a miserable poor place, not worthy of the name of a town, having not above seven or eight little houses, the rest very mean cottages… Two nights that we continued here I walked two miles out of town to lie upon a little dirty straw in a cot or cabin, no better than a hog-sty among near twenty others.  The houses and cabins in town were so filled that people lay all avor the others.  Some gentlemen took up their lodgings in an old rotten boat that lay near the shore, and there wanted not some who quartered in a saw pit.  Meat…

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