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Jacobite sword from 1690 on show at museum

By Staff Reporter

An historic sword that once belonged to a senior Catholic Jacobite soldier, who fought against King William at the Boyne, has gone on display at the birthplace of Orangeism.

The artefact, which is over 300 years old, was owned by Patrick Sarsfield, 1st Earl of Lucan, who played a prominent role in the Williamite war in Ireland and the Siege of Limerick in 1690.

It is the latest addition to the collection of the Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall.

Belonging to an Anglo-Norman family long settled in Ireland, Sarsfield accompanied King James II to Ireland in 1689 and served in the Jacobite army.

He became a celebrated Jacobite leader, noted in particular for Sarsfield's Raid shortly before the Siege of Limerick. James rewarded him by making him an Earl in the Peerage of Ireland.

After the war, he led the Flight of the Wild Geese which took thousands of Irish soldiers into exile in France where they continued to serve James.

Co Armagh Grand Master Denis Watson said obtaining Sarsfield's sword was a "tremendous acquisition" for the Orange museum at Sloan's House.

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