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  • ID: I7005
  • Name: John MITCHELBURN
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Mitchelburn
  • Prefix: Colonel 1
  • _TEXT: YES 2 3 4 5
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1647 in Horsted Keynes, Sussex, England 6 7
  • Death: 1 Oct 1721 in Templemore Parish, Londonderry, Co. Londonderry, Ireland
  • Burial: Glendermott Old Churchyard, Co. Londonderry, Ireland
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    1647 [var.1648]-1721 [Michelborne or Michelburne; err. Mitc helbourne, &c.]; b. 8 Jan., Horsted Keynes, Sussex; prob. b rought up in Ballyarthur Hse. at Kilcandra, nr. Vale of Avo ca, Co. Wicklow, where his father received or leased land ; served at Tangier under Percy Kirke, 1680-83; commissione d as major by Duke of Orange, 5 Feb. 1689; involved in Carr ickfergus landing of William III; commanded Skeffington's f oot at Cladyford and in the City of Londonderry; appt. depu ty-governor by Baker, 17 June 1689; acted as military gover nor throughout the siege, becoming governor with George Wal ker at Baker's death, and sole governor after the relief o f Derry, 1689; refused a bribe of £10,000 from the Jacobit e leaders; suffered the death of his wife and two children , 1689; commanded a corps. of combined regiments at Boyne ; served at the siege of Sligo town, stormed on 19 Sept 169 1; appt. Gov. of Sligo [see Harris, iii; ODNB], defending t he property of locals from his own forces; remained permane ntly in Derry as an alderman; petitioned for arrears of pay , 1691, being paid in 1703; his statement of loss in 1699 c aused offence leading to his being deposed as alderman; rei nstated after litigation [mandamus]; suffered imprisonmen t in the Fleet, 1709;

    issued a play, Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonder ry (1705, 3 edns.), and poss. written in the Fleet and cont esting the account of Rev. John Walker; contains populist c aricatures of church leaders, landed gentry and city burghe rs; George Farquhar - also imprisoned at the time - may hav e been involved in its composition; much bowdlerised by nin eteenth-century editors; separated from his second wife, Su sanna Beresford-Jackson of Coleraine, who was mother of sev en children (sometimes mistated as his own); he bequeathe d £50 for maintaining the red flag on the cathedral, a cust om that he instituted [together with the placing of the Fre nch flags within]; established earliest Derry Siege commemo ration in 1718; d. in Derry, 1 Oct., bur. Glendermot Church yard, south of Derry city, where there is a funerary monume nt (restored); his sword and saddle are preserved in Derry , the latter being used in Apprentice Boy rituals; celebrat ed by the Mitchelburne Club as 'Defender of Derry'; he corr esponded with Archb. William King. ODNB DIW OCIL DIL2
    SOURCE: http://www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/m/Michelb urne_J/life.htm
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  • Event: Burial
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    Mitchelburn Colonel John grandson of Sir Richard Mitchelbur n of Broadhurst and Stanmore, County of Susex, Governor an d Commander in Chief of the Siege of Londonderry in 1689 i n the defence of the Protestant Interest died 1.10.1721 age d 76 years, died the first year reign of King William.
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~sgrieves/cemeteries_ireland_2. htm
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    John Michelburne
    1647 [var.1648]-1721 [Michelborne or Michelburne; err. Mitc helbourne, &c.]; b. 8 Jan., Horsted Keynes, Sussex; prob. b rought up in Ballyarthur Hse. at Kilcandra, nr. Vale of Avo ca, Co. Wicklow, where his father received or leased land ; served at Tangier under Percy Kirke, 1680-83; commissione d as major by Prince of Orange, 5 Feb. 1689; involved in Ca rrickfergus landing; commanded Skeffington's foot at Cladyf ord and in the City of Londonderry; appt. deputy-governor b y Baker, 17 June 1689; acted as military governor throughou t the siege, becoming governor at Baker's death, with Georg e Walker, and sole governor after the relief of Derry, 1689 ; refused bribe of £10,000 from Jacobite leaders; suffere d death of wife and two children during the siege, 1689; co mmanded a corps. of combined regts. at Boyne; served at th e siege of Sligo, stormed on 19 Sept 1691; Gov. of Sligo [s ee Harris, iii; DNB], defending local property from his ow n forces; remained permanently in Derry, alderman; he petit ioned for arrears of pay, 1691, being paid in 1703; his sta tement of loss in 1699 caused offence; deposed as alderman ; reinstated after litigation [mandamus]; imprisoned in F leet, 1709; issued a play, Ireland Preserved, or the Sieg e of Londonderry (1705, 3 edns.), poss. written in the Fle et, contesting the account of Rev. John Walker; contains po pulist caricatures of church leaders, landed gentry and cit y burghers; George Farquhar - also imprisoned - may have be en involved in its writing; bequeathed £50 for maintainin g the red flag on the cathedral, a custom that he institute d [together with the placing of the French flags within]; c orresponded with Archb. William King; separated from his se cond wife, Susanna Beresford-Jackson of Coleraine, who wa s mother of seven children (sometimes mistated as his); est ablished earliest Derry Siege commemoration in 1718; d. i n Derry, 1 Oct., bur. Glendermot Churchyard, south of Derr y city, where there is a funerary monument (restored); hi s sword and saddle are preserved in Derry, the latter bein g used in Apprentice Boy rituals; celebrated by the Mitchel burne Club as 'Defender of Derry'; his play Ireland Preser ved considerably bowdlerised by nineteenth-century editors . Source: http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil_datasets/au thors/m/Michelburne,J/life.htm GDSS
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    SOURCE: Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689: the Story o f Some Famous Battle ...
    By Thomas Witherow
    Governor Mitchelburn.'97Friday, 2lst June.
    Governor Baker had been ill from the beginning of June. Hi s disease proved to be a fever, and from the middle of th e month it became certain that he would not recover. On th e 21st a council of war was called, in order to choose a su ccessor. Two officers were sent to the house where he lay i ll, to ask his opinion. The dying Governor, without hesitat ion, named Colonel Mitchelburn as the most suitable man. Mi tchelburn was grandson of Sir Richard Mitchelburn, of Brodh urst Stanmer, in Sussex, and before coming to Derry had tak en part in the ineffectual attempt to capture Carrickfergu s and afterwards to prevent the Jacobite army from crossin g the Bann. At an early part of the siege, in consequence o f some suspicion attaching to him, we know not on what grou nds, his arrest had been ordered by Baker. Stung with the i nsult, he drew on the * Avanx, p. 255.

    Governor, and in the conflict Mitchelburn was wounded Fro m that time he had been confined to his room by order of th e Governor. He was now sent for to his prison, in order tha t he might be promoted to succeed the man who had ordered h im into confinement. It shows that Baker was a true and a n oble man, when he thus could bring himself to bestow the hi ghest mark of honour upon an officer whom he once had injur ed by an unjust suspicion. It was alike a manly confessio n of his own error, and an honourable testimony to Mitchelb urn's merit. He died about a week after, on the 30th of Jun e, and Mitchelburn then took his place as military governo r without farther appointment
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    An Exchequer Bill of 1st July 1709
    John Mitchelborne of London City v Richard Jackson of Dubl in City Gent gives the following information: That plaintif f as administrator to his late wife SUSANNA MITCHELBORNE al s JACKSON lately filed an Ex. Bill.
    That in 1690 Plaintiff married Susan widow of Wm. Jackson E sq & by deed of 6 Feb 1700 between Plaintiff and said wif e of one part & William Bishop of Derry, by which Susan ha d power to appoint £700, £100 in hands of Wm. Etc. that Sus an had £100per year & died intestate in 1706 to which Plain tiff took out admonn, but being absent in England [yet?] go t possession. Said debt [debenture?] inherited from Samue l Jackson of Dublin who died worth £30,000 in Debts [Deben tures?] houses etc.

    Marriage settlement 6 Feb 1700
    Col John Mitchelburn & Susanna widow of William Jackson. Tr ustees William Bishop of Derry [William KING was appointe d Bishop of Derry in 1691] & Samuel Jackson Esq. Bishop o f Derry to dispose of £1,000 among children of Susan by Wil liam Jackson.
    Col. Mitchelburn transfers to Trustees the lower half tow n of Gobnoscale in Manor of Goldsmiths in Derry Liberty & h is dwelling house there one lately erected by him & held i n fee farm grant under James Strong, Gent, at £12 yearly re nt with £600 in hands of Richard Mitchelburne, Gent, his br other, houses, stock, plate, etc & leases under see of Derr y. See Vol 3-1-30 No 19, Marsh's Library, Dublin
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    Dictionary of National Biography
    https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Michelborne,_John_%28DNB00%29
    MICHELBORNE, MITCHELBURN, or MICHELBURNE, JOHN (1647'961721 ), governor of Londonderry, son of Abraham Michelborne by h is first wife, Penelope, daughter of John Wheeler of Droitw ich (see Berry, Sussex Genealogies, p. 50), was baptised o n 8 Jan. 1647'968 at Horsted Keynes in Sussex. He was of a n ancient family long settled there and at Stanmer, and Si r Richard Michelborne of Bradhurst was his grandfather. Aft er serving under Percy Kirke [q. v.] at Tangier between 168 0 and 1683, he had a major's commission from the Prince o f Orange dated 5 Feb. 1689, and in the same month took par t in the attempt on Carrickfergus. He commanded Skeffington 's regiment of foot at Cladyford and during the siege of Lo ndonderry. When Governor Baker fell ill on 17 June 1689 h e deputed Mitchelburn to act for him, and at his death te n days later named him governor. The two officers had bee n on bad terms and had even crossed swords, and the autho r of the 'Londerias' says Mitchelburn was under arrest whe n his predecessor died; but Walker, Mackenzie, and Ash do n ot mention this. He was a pall-bearer at Baker's funeral. T hough not confirmed by any vote of the officers, Mitchelbur n acted as military governor during the rest of the siege ; but Walker always signs his name first. About the middl e of July Melfort, on behalf of King James, offered Mitchel burn 10,000l. if he would procure a surrender, but the gove rnor answered that William was his sovereign, who could rew ard him without the help of brass money (Letters in Siege o f Derry, act iv.) He lost his wife and all his children'97s even in number'97during the siege. After the relief of Lond onderry Kirke commissioned Mitchelburn as sole governor, an d made him colonel of both Skeffington's and Crofton's regi ments, which he fused into one. Mitchelburn commanded thi s corps at the Boyne, and mustered 664 rank and file afte r the battle (Story). He served at the long siege of Sligo , of which he took possession 19 Sept. 1691, and of which h e was made governor (Harris).

    In 1690 the Irish Society voted 100l. to Mitchelburn, but h e had spent his own money during the siege of Londonderry , and was a heavy loser. He petitioned the English treasury , alleging that 9,570l. 16s. 8d. were due to him and his re giment (Cal. of Treasury Papers, 21 April 1691). Various de lays and difficulties were interposed, but it appears tha t some portion of what was due was at length paid to him (H arris, book viii.) He remained permanently at Londonderry , and became alderman. In 1699 he issued a printed statemen t of his losses, which gave great offence at Londonderry, a nd he was expelled from his office of alderman (Corporatio n Minutes in Hempton, p. 406). He succeeded in the litigati on which followed, and was restored by mandamus. A result o f the statute 2 Anne, cap. 6, which imposed the sacramenta l test, was to exclude Mitchelburn's presbyterian opponent s from the corporation, and in August 1703 his bill of cost s was paid. He made at least two journeys to London on acco unt of his claims, and in 1709 suffered imprisonment for de bt in the Fleet.

    Mitchelburn originated some well-known Londonderry observan ces. With Bishop King's leave he placed in the cathedral th e French flags which had been taken on 7 May 1689, and in 1 713 Bishop Hartstonge allowed him to record the fact in a n inscription on the east window (ib. p. 410). On 1 Aug. 17 18 the red flag, which still adorns the steeple, was hoiste d for the first time, as Bishop William Nicolson [q. v.] ha s recorded (ib. p. 411), amid great rejoicings and feasting s and with illuminations and salvoes of artillery. On the s ame day in 1720 Mitchelburn dined with the bishop, and ther e were more bonfires. By his will, dated 12 July 1721, he b equeathed 50l. 'for maintaining the flag on the steeple o f Derry.' He died in his own house at the waterside, withi n sight of the walls which he had defended, on 1 Oct. 1721 , and was buried near Adam Murray [q. v.] in Glendermot chu rchyard, co. Derry. His second wife is believed to have bee n the daughter of another defender, Captain Michael Cunning ham of Prehen, Londonderry. By her Mitchelburn had no issue . A portrait of Mitchelburn in armour, by an unknown artist , is mentioned by Bromley. Mitchelburn's sword is preserve d at Caw House, Londonderry, and his saddle, which was als o used by Walker, is in possession of the Dublin society o f 'Apprentice Boys of Derry,' who use it in their installat ion ceremonies.
    [Lower's Worthies of Sussex; George Walker's True Account o f the Siege of Londonderry; John Mackenzie's Narrative of t he Siege; Captain Thomas Ash's Narrative of the Siege; Jose ph Aickin's Londerias, 1699; George Story's Impartial Histo ry; Walter Harris's Life of William III; John Hempton's Sie ge and History of Londonderry; the Rev. John Graham's Irela nd Preserved, containing the 'Siege of Derry,' a contempora ry drama, which has been attributed to Mitchelburn; Withero w's Derry and Enniskillen, 3rd edit. 1885; manuscript minut es of Dublin 'Apprentice Boys;' Berry's Sussex Genealogies , p. 50; see arts. Lundy, Robert, and Mackenzie, John, 1648 -1696.]
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    The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Jo urnal, Volume 45
    https://books.google.co.uk/books?pg=PA47&dq=%22Ireland+Pres erved,+or+the+Siege+of+Londonderry%22&id=ithSy-_qM1oC&outpu t=text

    "Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry, tagethcr w ith The Troubles of the North, written by the then Governo r (Part I.London, 1707, Fol.) '97Col. John Michelbourne, wh o jointly with Walker defended this place, wrote this tragi -comedy, in the Fleet, into which the government's neglec t of him threw him. It is a kind of narrative of proceeding s during the siege, in two parts, illustrated with a prospe ct of

    King James's camp, on the plains of Kildare, and a survey a nd plan of the town at the time of the siege; and at the en d, as a third part, the "Author's Case," by which it appear s the House of Commons, on the report of a committee in 169 8, voted an address to King William for some compensation t o him, which the King agreed to, but which does not appea r to have taken place. My copy of this singular performanc e (Gough wrote in 1080), which was never printed or publish ed, has the following original MS. letter from the author t o Secretary Harley:

    "'Fleet, December 17,1707. "' Sir,'97During my confinemen t I have spent some vacant hours in writing The Siege of De rry, with some passages before and after; when your conveni ence will allow yon to look into it, I presume you will fin d it entertaining. It is the first I have exposed to view , and what errors you may find in it I hope you will pardon , being communicated to none but yourself, and I design i t shall go no further during life. And since such a subjec t cannot be writ without touching on some men's mismanageme nt, f tne freedom that is taken in it will make some excus e for other faults committed by, Sir, your faithful and mos t humble servant, "'jJohn Miohelbourne.'"
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    A History of the Siege of Londonderry and Defence of Ennisk illen, in 1688 .
    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ETBRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA51&dq =%22Ireland+Preserved,+or+the+Siege+of+Londonderry%22+-Grah am&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHoJuQ2LjMAhXB7BQKHb7TAJgQ6AEIHTAA #v=onepage&q=%22Ireland%20Preserved%2C%20or%20the%20Siege%2 0of%20Londonderry%22%20-Graham&f=false
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    MITCHELBURN vs JACKSON
    Source: TGF Paterson Notebook MS No 135 (4 vols) at Armag h Museum

    An Exchequer Bill of 1«sup»st«/sup» July 1709
    John Mitchelborne of London City v Richard Jackson of Dubl in City Gent gives the following information: That plaintif f as administrator to his late wife SUSANNA MITCHELBORNE al s JACKSON lately filed an Ex. Bill.
    That in 1690 Plaintiff married Susan widow of Wm. Jackson E sq & by deed of 6 Feb 1700 between Plaintiff and said wif e of one part & William Bishop of Derry, by which Susan ha d power to appoint £700, £100 in hands of Wm. Etc. that Sus an had £100per year & died intestate in 1706 to which Plain tiff took out admon«sup»n«/sup», but being absent in Englan d [yet?] got possession. Said debt [debenture?] inherited f rom Samuel Jackson of Dublin who died worth £30,000 in Deb ts [Debentures?] houses etc.

    Marriage settlement 6 Feb 1700
    Col John Mitchelburn & Susanna widow of William Jackson. Tr ustees William Bishop of Derry [William KING was appointe d Bishop of Derry in 1691] & Samuel Jackson Esq. Bishop o f Derry to dispose of £1,000 among children of Susan by Wil liam Jackson.
    Col. Mitchelburn transfers to Trustees the lower half tow n of Gobnoscale in Manor of Goldsmiths in Derry Liberty & h is dwelling house there one lately erected by him & held i n fee farm grant under James Strong, Gent, at £12 yearly re nt with £600 in hands of Richard Mitchelburne, Gent, his br other, houses, stock, plate, etc & leases under see of Derr y. See Vol 3-1-30 No 19, Marsh's Library, Dublin
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    Siege profiles Londonderry
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    Colonel John Mitchelburne was Governor of Londonderry fro m June 30, 1689 until the end of the siege. When Major Bake r died, Mitchelburne succeeded him as Governor. Mitchelburn e gave expression to the defiance of the Londonderry's defe nders by planting a crimson banner on one of the city's bas tions in full sight of the enemy. Mitchelburne's "bloody fl ag" occupies a place of honour in unionist folklore and tra dition. John Mitchelburne was born on January 2, 1648, an d probably joined the army in the late 1660s, initially ser ving in the ranks. In 1678 he purchased a lieutenant's comm ission. He served in Lord Mountjoy's regiment under Colone l Lundy and was stationed at Londonderry, Kinsale and Dubli n. In February 1689 he received a commission from William I II and was involved in several military engagements in Ulst er. By April 1689 he was in Londonderry where Major Baker g ave him command of Colonel Clotworthy Skeffington's regimen t in which he had served since February. In May he quarrele d with Baker but acted as a pall bearer at Baker's funeral . He served as military governor until the end of the sieg e when Major General Kirk made him sole governor. He was al so given a second regiment by Kirk which he amalgamated wit h his existing regiment. This regiment served at the Boyn e and the first siege of Limerick. In 1691 Mitchelburne com manded the Williamite force sieging Sligo but was removed f or quarrelling with Hugh Balderg O'Donnell, whose assistanc e was of dubious value. Sligo surrendered to the Earl of Gr anard in September 1691. Mitchelburne was made temporary go vernor of the city. Mitchelburne was in Londonderry in th e 1690s and was elected an Alderman for life. During this p eriod he produced three publications: An Account of the Tra nsactions in the North of Ireland, anno Domini 1691, The Ca se of the Colonel John Mitchelburne, Late Governor of Derr y and The case of the governor, officers and soldiers actua lly concerned in the defence of Londonderry in the Kingdo m of Ireland. The latter two publications formed part of Mi tchelburne's campaign to secure arrears in pay for his regi ment. Unlike George Walker, Mitchelburne inexplicably recei ved no reward for his role in the siege. The third pamphle t resulted in his temporary dismissal as an Alderman. Despi te a 25-year campaign the officers and men of the garriso n were never paid. It was calculated that they were owed £1 95,091 in wages and another £138,349 for the purchase of ar ms and property damaged by the enemy. Mitchelburne spent th e remainder of his life in Londonderry. In 1709 on one of h is visits to London he was imprisoned for debt in the Fleet , which prompted the production of The Danger and Folly o f Being Public-Spirited. The Apprentice Boys Association an d its celebrations owe much to Mitchelburne who organised s iege commemorations until his death. In 1692 Mitchelburne o rganised the first commemoration service and on that occasi on placed captured French flags in the Cathedral. In 1713 h e placed a memorial inscription at the east window of the c athedral. The following year he founded the first Apprentic e Boys club. Mitchelburne died on October 1, 1721. In accor dance with his own wishes, Mitchelburne was buried along si de his comrade Adam Murray in Glendermott Old Churchyard. H e left £50 in his will for the purpose of maintaining a cri mson flag on the steeple. Mitchelburne was the first indivi dual Defender of Londonderry after whom a Club was named t o commemorate the defence and relief of Londonderry. A repr esentative body of citizens met at his tomb to pay tribut e to his memory.
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  • Change Date: 5 Sep 2016 at 13:34



    Father: Abraham MITCHELBURN
    Mother: Penelope WHEELER

    Marriage 1 Susan BERESFORD
    • Married: 6 Feb 1689/90
    • Event: Marriage
    • Note:
      Marriage Settlement 6 Feb 1700 from TGF Ms 135 held at Arma gh Museum:
      Col John Mitchelburne & Susanna widow of William Jackson.
      Trustees William Bishop of Derry & Samuel Jackson Esq.
      Bishop of Derry to dispose of among children of William Ja ckson.
      Col. Mitchelburn transfers to trustees the Lower half of Go bnoscale in Manor of Goldsmiths in Derry Liberty & his dwel ling house thereon lately erected by him & held in fee far m grant under James Strong Gent at £12 yearly rent with £60 0 in hands of RIchard Mitchelburne Gent his brother, houses , stock, plate etc & leases under see of Derry. See Vol 3-1 -30 No 19 Marsh's Library, Dublin.
    • Change Date: 22 Mar 2016

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth GROVES
    • Married: 4 Oct 1709
    • Change Date: 22 Mar 2016

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: The Irish Genealogist
      Title: The Irish Genealogist
      Quality: 3
      Text: Col. John Mitchelburne—the well-known defender of Derry dur ing thesiege of 1690 and Governor of the fort of Sligo 1691 -3, who m., in1690,Susanna, widow of William Jackson, of Co leraine, Co. Londonderry,and dau. of Sir Tristram Beresford , 2nd Bart, (ancestor of theMarquesses of Waterford).

      He lost his wife and all his children seven in number durin g thesiege.
    2. Abbrev: Dictionary of National Biography
      Title: Dictionary of National Biography
      Page: volume 37, p343-344
      Quality: 3
      Text: MICHELBORNE, MITCHELBURN, or MICHELBURNE, JOHN (1647-1721) , governor of Londonderry, son of Abraham Michelborne by hi s first wife,Penelope, daughter of John Wheeler of Droitwic h (see BERRY, SussexGenealogies, p. 50), was baptised o n 8 Jan. 1647-8 at Horsted Keynesin Sussex. He was of an an cient family long settled there and at Stanmer, and Sir Ric hard Michelborne of Bradhurst was his grandfather.After ser ving under Percy Kirke [q. v.] at Tangier between 1680 and1 683, he had a major's commission from the Prince of Orang e dated 5Feb. 1689, and in the same month took part in th e attempt onCarrickfergus. He commanded Skeffington's regim ent of foot at Cladyford and during the siege of Londonderr y. When Governor Baker fell ill on 17 June 1689 he depute d Mitchelburn to act for him, and at his death ten days lat er named him governor
    3. Abbrev: Notes
      Title: Notes
      Quality: 3
      Text: There is a drawing of him in "The History of the Siege of L ondonderry"by Carter Publications
    4. Abbrev: Miscellaneous
      Title: Miscellaneous
      Quality: 3
      Text: Governor Baker had been ill from the beginning of June. Hi s diseaseproved to be a fever, and from the middle of the m onth it becamecertain that he would not recover. On the 21s t a Council of War wascalled, in order to choose a successo r. Two officers were sent to thehouse where he lay ill to a sk his opinion. The dying Governor, withouthesitation, name d Colonel Mitchelburn as the most suitable man.Mitchelbur n was grandson of Sir Richard Mitchelburn, of BrodhurstStan mer, in Sussex, and before coming to Derry had taken part i n theineffectual attempt to capture Carrickfergus, and afte rwards toprevent the Jacobite army from crossing the Bann . At an early part ofthe siege, in consequence of some susp icion attaching to him, we knownot on what grounds, his arr est had been ordered by Baker. Stung withthe insult, he dre w on the Governor, and in the conflict Mitchelburnwas wound ed. From that time he had been confined to his room by orde rof the Governor. He was now sent for to his prison, in ord er that hemight be promoted to succeed the man who had orde red him intoconfinement. It shows that Baker was a true an d noble man, when hethus could bring himself to bestow th e highest mark of honour upon anofficer whom he once had in jured by an unjust suspicion. It was alikea manly confessio n of his own error, and an honourable testimony toMitchelbu rn's merit. He died about a week after, on the 30th of June ,and Mitchelburn then took his place as military governor w ithoutfarther appointment. Walker, who was originally appoi ntedassistant-governor, had not his position at the store s altered by thisnew appointment, but continued to act as b efore. The death of Bakerwas a loss to the garrison: all th e records speak to his praise as aman of prudence and moder ation; "sound in counsel and expert in war";a man of abilit y, courage, and honour.
      From "Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689" by Thomas Wit herow
      http://www.libraryireland.com/Derry1689/IV-14.php
    5. Abbrev: A history of the siege of Londonderry and defence of Enniskillen, in1688
      Title: A history of the siege of Londonderry and defence of Ennisk illen, in1688
      Author: John Graham, Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay
      Page: 304
      Quality: 3
      Text: "We, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the city of Lond onderry dohereby attest and certify that Colonel John Mitch elburn, Governor ofsaid city, and since the siege of Derr y having his regiment, or agreat part of them, quartered he re many months, kept said garrison ingood order, discipline , and temper, and paid their quarters, and wascareful of th e preservation of the place, both from any insults of theen emy, and from all irregularities of his soldiers, and by al l meansin his power made his government in this garrison o n all occasionseasy and pleasing to us, for which service a nd deportment he waselected and sworn AN Alderman of the ci ty—in testimony whereof we haveset our hands, and affixed t he common seal of the city, the 3rd day ofFebruary, 1690- G ervais Squire, mayor, Samuel Norman, AlexanderTomkins, Alex ander Lecky, Thomas Moncrief, Henry Ash, WilliamCrookshank , Robert Shenan, William Morrison, John Harvey, FrancisNevi lle, Albert Hall, Alexander Cunningham, John Crookshanks, J ohnNightengale, George Gravel, John William Mackie, Rober t Harvey."

      "We, the inhabitants of the town of Coleraine, do certify , that duringthe time the regiment belonging to the Honoura ble Colonel Mitchelburn,Governor of Londonderry, did quarte r and keep garrison in this place,both officers and soldier s behaved themselves very orderly, soberly,and civilly, t o the town and country people, paying thankfully forwhat th ey called for, which we certify as truth to whom it mayconc ern. Dated at Coleraine, the 3rd of February, 1690 : Willia mGodfrey, mayor, Richard Adams, Edward Howard, Alexander Ma cPhilip,Daniel Browne, Richard Lynam, Thomas Lances, John T waddle,

      David Wilson, John G , James Oustiane, Wm. Ross, and

      Hugh Bankhead."
    6. Abbrev: Rootsweb
      Title: Rootsweb
      Quality: 3
      Text: Tree of George D. Speer Sr, 1994.
      http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=m alise&id=I14018
      # Name: John Mitchelburne
      # Given Name: John
      # Surname: Mitchelburne
      # Prefix: Col.
      # Sex: M
      # Birth: 1647 in Horsted Keynes, Sussex, England
      # Death: 10 Jan 1721 in Londonderry, Templemore Parish, Co. Londonderry, Ulster, N. Ireland
      # Burial: Glendermott Old Churchyard, Co. Londonderry, Irel and
      John Michelburne was born in Horsted Keynes in 1648 of impo verishedSussex gentry. His mother died in childbirth and hi s father, Abraham,remarried and settled in Wicklow. On Abra ham's death in 1664 theestate went to his widow and soon th e disinherited John wentsoldiering in General Monck's regim ent.
      http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article.aspx?art_id=1 039

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      COLONEL JOHN MITCHELBURNE
      Governor of Derry from June 30th 1689 until the end of th e siege. Anexcellent soldier he tried to make Lundy take mo re determined action.When Major Baker died, Mitchelburne to ok over his duties. He gaveexpression to the defiance of th e Derry defenders by flying a bloodyand crimson flag from t he Cathedral tower. The Derry "Crimson" flag iscarried toda y at all Apprentice Boys Celebrations. The Apprentice BoysA ssociation and its celebrations owe much to Colonel Mitchel burne, whoorganised siege commemorations until his death. H e is buried besidehis comrade Adam Murray in Glendermott Ol d Churchyard and theApprentice Boys demonstrate the high ho nour that they attribute tothese two gallant defenders by m aking an annual visitation to theirgraves.

      http://www.ulster-scots.co.uk/docs/orange/liverpoolcampsiec lub.htm

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      Source: Ordnance Survey of the County of Londonderry, By Or dnanceSurvey of Ireland, Thomas Frederick Colby, Thomas Ais kew Larcom. Page105 GDSS

      St Columb's Cathedral, City of Londonderry, Ireland

      On the sill of the east window is the following inscriptio n :-
      "This City was besieged by the Irish army the 18 of April , 1689, andcontinued so till the first of August following , being then relievedwith Provisions by Major General Kirk . On the 7th of May, about one inthe morning, the besieger s forced ye out guards of ye Garrison, &Intrenched themselv es on the Windmill hill, commanded by BrigadierGeneral Rams ey. At four the same morning ye Besieged attacked ye Irishi n their trenches, and after a sharp Engagement ye Enemy gav e groundand fled. Ramsey, their General, was Killed with ot hers of note, theLord Netterville, Sir Garret Aylmer, Lieut . Colonel Talbot, MajorButler, Son [of] ye Lord Mountgarre t & several others takenprisoners, with five colours, tw o of which fell into ye hands ofColonel John Michelburne, w ho placed them as they now stand, with theconsent and appro bation of his Lordship William King, then Lord Bishopof thi s City, now his Grace Lord Arch Bishop of Dublin; ye saidCo lonel Michelburne being at that time Governor, to perpetuat e yememory of which Seige, when ye colours shall fail, hi s Lordship JohnHartstong, now Lord Bishop of Derry, at y e request of ye saidColonel Michelburne, is pleased to giv e leave that this inscription beplaced under the said colou rs in remembrance of the eminent andextraordinary service t hen performed."
      The flags, mentioned in this inscription, stand one on eac h side ofthe east window. The poles and tassels are genuin e : the flags wererenewed a century after their capture, bu t are again mere shreds.

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      Glendermott Old Cemetery, Co. Londonderry Northern Ireland . Thefollowing headstones was transcribed by S & M Grieves.

      Mitchelburn Colonel John grandson of Sir Richard Mitchelbur n ofBroadhurst and Stanmore, County of Susex, Governor an d Commander inChief of the Siege of Londonderry in 1689 i n the defence of theProtestant Interest died 1.10.1721 age d 76 years, died the first yearreign of King William.

      http://members.iinet.net.au/~sgrieves/cemeteries_ireland_2. htm

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    7. Abbrev: Note
      Title: Note
      Quality: 3
      Text: John Michelburne
      1647 [var.1648]-1721 [Michelborne or Michelburne; err. Mitc helbourne,&c.]; b. 8 Jan., Horsted Keynes, Sussex; prob. br ought up inBallyarthur Hse. at Kilcandra, nr. Vale of Avoca , Co. Wicklow, wherehis father received or leased land; ser ved at Tangier under PercyKirke, 1680-83; commissioned as m ajor by Prince of Orange, 5 Feb.1689; involved in Carrickfe rgus landing; commanded Skeffington's footat Cladyford an d in the City of Londonderry; appt. deputy-governor byBaker , 17 June 1689; acted as military governor throughout the s iege,becoming governor at Baker's death, with George Walker , and solegovernor after the relief of Derry, 1689; refuse d bribe of £10,000from Jacobite leaders; suffered death o f wife and two children duringthe siege, 1689; commande d a corps. of combined regts. at Boyne;served at the sieg e of Sligo, stormed on 19 Sept 1691; Gov. of Sligo[see Harr is, iii; DNB], defending local property from his own forces ;remained permanently in Derry, alderman; he petitioned fo r arrears ofpay, 1691, being paid in 1703; his statement o f loss in 1699 causedoffence; deposed as alderman; reinstat ed after litigation[mandamus]; imprisoned in Fleet, 1709 ; issued a play,Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londond erry (1705, 3 edns.),poss. written in the Fleet, contestin g the account of Rev. JohnWalker; contains populist caricat ures of church leaders, landed gentryand city burghers; Geo rge Farquhar - also imprisoned - may have beeninvolved in i ts writing; bequeathed £50 for maintaining the red flagon t he cathedral, a custom that he instituted [together with th eplacing of the French flags within]; corresponded with Arc hb. WilliamKing; separated from his second wife, Susanna Be resford-Jackson ofColeraine, who was mother of seven childr en (sometimes mistated ashis); established earliest Derry S iege commemoration in 1718; d. inDerry, 1 Oct., bur. Glende rmot Churchyard, south of Derry city, wherethere is a funer ary monument (restored); his sword and saddle arepreserve d in Derry, the latter being used in Apprentice Boy rituals ;celebrated by the Mitchelburne Club as 'Defender of Derry' ; his playIreland Preserved considerably bowdlerised byni neteenth-century editors. Source:http://www.pgil-eirdata.or g/html/pgil_datasets/authors/m/Michelburne,J/life.htm GDSS
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