|The Williamite guns signal the start of the battle|
|Jacobite defence along the Tristuan Stream|
|The Williamite right advances towards the Melehan stream|
|The Coldstream Guards, Hanmer's and Erle's engage|
|The Huguenots advance towards Bloody Hollow|
|The commanded shot give good account of themselves|
|Coldstream Guards breakthrough the hedges|
|Intense action along the morass near Attibrassil|
This sacrifice opened the way across the morass on the southern flank although along a slender pathway as most of the remainder of the front held in this sector. What followed was a grinding see-saw battle with sustained musketry which progressively wore down first the Huguenots, then the Danish Guards brigade and dragoons with the Jacobites too suffering heavily.
|Tyrconnel's ride to their death|
|The Coldstream Guards push for Kilcommodan but are ultimately repulsed|
Meanwhile the Coldstream Guards had pushed on as far as the foot of Kilcommodan Hill. Their brigade mates of Sir John Hanmer's Regiment were in support with Erle's Regiment many hundreds of yards back having been rallied by Ginkel and a party of senior officers. 'Overkirke's Overkill' we had nicknamed that!
The Jacobite left centre had advanced halfway down the hill and the regiments of Grace and O'Connell broke the Guards in a sharp fire fight. This rout took with it Hanmer's Regiment leaving Thomas Erle's Regiment, now back in the line as the solitary tenuous foothold on the lower slope of Kilcommodan.
The first bold attempt to cross the causeway was made by a squadron of Oxford's Blews but they were thrown back in a counter charge by a squadron of Lord Abercorn's Horse.
|Galmoy's ride to glory! Hamilton's were overwhelmed by this charge|
The Tristuan Stream had been crossed and a fragile bridgehead achieved by dragoons and the Gard te Paard. The Huguenots had failed to push through Bloody Hollow and been repulsed. Fresh Danish infantry were being kept at bay by a hot fire from Jacobite dragoons and infantry.
The hedgerows were at last cleared but the first brigade to the foot of Kilcommodan Hill had been broken and was in retreat whilst on the right the English Brigade of Hamilton had been checked.
|Oxford's try to force the causeway but are unsuccessful|
Williamite attempts to cross the Melehan at Aughrim Castle had been rebuffed.
Come back for part 2 of the battle report.. cavalry charges galore!