I’ve just finished reading The Battle of Aughrim 1691 by Michael McNally and can’t recommend it enough. If your new to the 1689 Jacobite Rebellion which was part of the much largest War of the Grand Alliance or War of the League of Augsberg. Then this is a great start.
I guess any readers who aren’t new the period will have read this work already as it was first published in 2008.
The book starts with a brief introduction on the events that started the War of Kings in 1688, The Glorious Revolution, when William, Prince of Orange was helped to oust King James II off of the English throne.
The book then moves onto the 1690 campaign ending with the Battle of the Boyne, a Williamite victory and King James fleeing back to France, it also introduces some of the major characters that would go on to fight at Aughrim.
Then moving on to the 1691 campaign, which started with a new Irish commander for the Jacobites, who was then soon replaced by a Frenchman, St Ruth. The Williamites also had a new leader Dutchman Ginkel. The two met near a small village named Aughrim on the River Shannon on 12th July 1691.
The author goes into great narrative detail on the battle and includes maps, colour plates for us gamers and Orders of Battle for both sides. I just wish there was a little more information on the Jacobite layout during the battle, the author goes into great detail on the Williamite side but looking at the massive Bibliography used for the book, I guess information is just not known.
So if the War of the Grand Alliance ever takes your fancy, give this book a go as well.