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The 2015 Walls400 History Lecture

12 November 2015

The 2015 Walls400 History Lecture "The Great Northern Plot of 1615" to delivered by Raymond Gillespie, Professor of History at Maynooth University.

The event will take place in St Columb's Cathedral, London Street, Derry, BT48 6RQ between 7.00pm-9.00pm Saturday 14th November 2014

Tickets are £10 (£6 concessions) and can be booked through the Playhouse Box Office on http://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/events/details/2015-walls400-history-lecture/626 or by telephone on 028 71 268027. Tickets will also be available on the evening in St Columb's Cathedral. All proceeds will go to the setting up of a Walled City Archaeology Fund. Refreshments are included.

1. The Great Northern Plot of 1615

The Great Northern Plot and subsequent trial took place in the new Plantation city and county of Londonderry 400 years ago this year. Beyond immediate effects on relationships between the Settlers and Native Irish, the story of the Plot was of major political concern in the Irish Parliament in Dublin and Court of James I in London.  It is no coincidence that the building of the Derry Walls, a task largely neglected by the London Companies prior to the Plot, was begun in earnest in 1615. At the end of July 1615, two Londonderry Assizes judges, the Mayor and a mixed jury of Settlers and Native Irish tried 21 alleged conspirators. Six were found guilty and the rest innocent. The case was notable for its scale; the effects it had in Dublin, London, Derry and across Ulster; the detail of the surviving depositions; the first judicial use of the rack in Ireland; and the legacy it had on our cultural identities in present-day Northern Ireland.

2. Professor Raymond Gillespie

Professor Gillespie has written extensively on seventeen century Ulster and in 1987 the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast published his book ‘Conspiracy: Ulster Plots and Plotters 1615’.  It is from this rich research base that Professor Gillespie will deliver the 2015 Walls400 History Lecture on the subject of ‘The Great Northern Plot’. He has been described as 'an historian's historian' complimenting him on the depth and quality of his research.

For more information contact:

Mark Lusby, Coordinator, Friends of the Derry Walls

c/o Social Enterprise Hub, 12-14 The Diamond, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6HW.

Visit www.thederrywalls.com or call +44 (0) 78 9453 4553

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