Bombardment of Donan Castle

10th May 1720 - 11th May 1720
Fought at : Eilean Donan Castle - Eilean Donan
Part of : The Jacobite rising of 1719 (1719)

Early in the morning on Sunday 10 May, Worcester, Flamborough, and Enterprise anchored off Eilean Donan and sent a boat ashore under a flag of truce to negotiate. When the Spanish soldiers in the castle fired at the boat, it was recalled and all three ships opened fire on the castle for an hour or more. The next day the bombardment continued while a landing party was prepared. In the evening under the cover of an intense cannonade, a detachment went ashore in the ships' boats and captured the castle against little resistance. According to Worcester's log, in the castle were "an Irishman, a captain, a Spanish lieutenant, a serjeant, one Scotch rebel and 39 Spanish soldiers, 343 barrels of powder and 52 barrels of musquet shot." The naval force spent the next two days and 27 barrels of gunpowder demolishing the castle.

 

Great Britain (Royal Navy)

 
British Flotilla
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Worcester (54) Francis Blake Delavall (d.1752)Squadron Flagship
Enterprise (42) Mungo Herdman (d.1727/28)
Flamborough (24) John Hildesley (d.1771)
 

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