Islandmagee in 1558.

Sir Moses Hill found a hidingplace in a cave in Island Magee    

There were at least two shipwrecks near Dunluce in 1558. One occurred at the place since called Spanish Port, very near the Castle. The name of this vessel is unknown, but it was from this wreck that the MacDonnells recovered three pieces of cannon, which were subsequently claimed by Sir John Chichester for the Government. These cannon could not have been recovered from the Gerona, as she had thrown overboard all her cannon at Killybegs to lighten her. Sir James MacDonnell (son of the renowned Sorley Boye) had mounted these three cannon on his Castle of Dunluce, and sturdily refused to hand them over to Chichester. This disagreement was one of the reasons for the subsequent meeting between MacDonnell and Chichester at Altfracken, near Carrickfergus, when Chichester treacherously tried to capture MacDonnell, but the wily Scot foiled him, inflicting a disastrous defeat upon the English forces, who fled in all directions. Chichester was killed, and his head cut off and sent to the camp of O'Neill and O'Donnell in Tyrone. Sir Moses Hill, then an unknown lieutenant, found a hidingplace in a cave in Island Magee still known by his name. Lieutenant Dobbs, the first of his name in the district, hid under a bridge till the danger was over, whilst Lieut. John Dalway hid himself in the dry ooze between Island Magee and the mainland. MacDonnell had rescued eleven Spaniards from this wreck, and these also he humanely refused to hand over to the Government, but sent them and the five from the Gerona, with Cuellar, 18 in all-in a boat to Scotland.

Ulster Journal of Archaeology Vol 1 Part 3 April 1895


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