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ST. LAWRENCE GATE AT ILL-FATED DROGHEDA

ST. LAWRENCE GATE AT ILL-FATED DROGHEDA

When Drogheda was a town of the district known as "The Pale," its walls were a mile and a half in circumference and were defended by ten gates. Little is left of all this fortification save the St. Lawrence Gate, which is well preserved. The town is famous for the siege by Cromwell, who, threatening to give no quarter to the English royalist garrison under Sir Arthur Aston, which had already repulsed him three times, grimly kept his word. General Aston was himself hacked to pieces and his brains knocked out with his own wooden leg.

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