My Donnybrook adventure has officially started!!
My first figure is a free figure I was given with my first order of Warfare Miniatures. I've painted him up as Percy Kirke, the figure is entered into Curt's Challenge in the bonus Favourite Character round, so if you haven't voted get on over and do so. I don't think he'll win any prizes, as the pics I sent in were quite bad, mainly because I finished painting him up just before the deadline and photographed him at 4:15 in the morning!! But he'll earn me the 50 bonus points at least. He will be getting rebased as soon as I get my order of to Warbase's, when I email it off that is!
In 1680 he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel, and soon afterwards Colonel of the 2nd Tangier Regiment. In 1682 he became Governor of Tangier and Colonel of the Tangier Regiment. He distinguished himself greatly as governor, although he gave offence by the roughness of his manners and the wildness of his life.
On the evacuation of Tangier, Kirke's Lambs (so called from their badge) returned to England, and a year later their colonel served as a brigadier in Feversham's army. After Sedgemoor the rebels were treated with great severity; but the charges so often brought against the Lambs are now known to be exaggerated, though the regiment shared to the full in the ruthless hunting down of the fugitives. It is often stated that it formed Jeffreys' escort in the Bloody Assizes, but this is erroneous.
Kirke was considered by King Charles II as a candidate for governor of the Dominion of New England when it was in the planning stages in the early 1680s. King James II formalized the appointment, but withdrew the appointment over the controversies surrounding Kirke's role in the suppression of Monmouth's Rebellion.
Brigadier Kirke took a notable part in the Glorious Revolution three years later, and William III promoted him. He commanded at the relief of Derry and made his last campaign in Flanders in 1691.