Robert Lundy

(c. 1679—1712) army officer

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(d. before July 1717), Scottish commander of the Protestant troops installed in Derry in the name of James II following the closing of the gates by the Apprentice Boys. On 21 March Lundy accepted a new commission from William III, but when the Jacobites overran the surrounding countryside following the battles of Clady and Lifford (15 Apr. 1689), he advocated surrender, sending away two regiments of reinforcements just arrived by sea. Deposed by advocates of continued resistance, he fled the city. Modern accounts suggest that he was at worst faint-hearted, and possibly only realistic, in his assessment of Derry's prospects, and he was in fact later to be employed on English pay in the Portuguese service. But ‘Lundy’ survives in unionist rhetoric as a synonym for ‘traitor’, his effigy being burned annually by the Apprentice Boys of the city.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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