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Rev. George Walker

Portrait of George Walker by an unknown artist

George Walker (c.1618 1 July 1690 Old Style) was an English soldier and Anglican priest. He was joint Governor of Londonderry during the Siege in 1689. He was killed at the Battle of the Boyne while going to the aid of the wounded Duke of Schomberg.

George Walker II (1645-1690) was born in Wighill, Yorkshire, England, the son of George Walker (1600-1677), rector of Kilmore and Chancellor of Armagh, and Ursula Stanhope (1617-1654), daughter of Sir John Stanhope of Melwood. Walker was educated at Glasgow University. He married Isabella Barclay (1644-1705), by whom he had several sons and daughters

He became rector of the Parish of Donagmore in 1674. He was also made rector of the Parishes of Lessan (or Lissan) and Desertlyn, in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh.

A Doctor of Divinity, Walker was joint Governor of Londonderry along with Robert Lundy during the Siege of Londonderry in 1689 and received the thanks of the House of Commons for his work. The Walker Plinth on the Walls of Londonderry which was completed in 1828, remains in his memory; although the associated column that sat on top was destroyed in an IRA bomb attack in 1973.

He was killed at the Battle of the Boyne on 1 July 1690 (12 July New Style), whilst going to the aid of Frederick Schomberg, 1st Duke of Schomberg, Commander-in-Chief of all Williamite forces in Ireland, who was wounded during the crossing of the river in the early part of the battle. He was originally buried at the battlefield but at the insistence of his widow, his body was later exhumed and buried inside the church at Castlecaufield, County Tyrone. His body was later rediscovered and re-interred next to that of his wife but not before a cast was taken of his skull.

Statue of George Walker, Brooke Park Londonderry

 

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