Proclamation issued by William the Third when in Belfast 19 June 1690 requiring good conduct from members of his forces.
Cited in Old Belfast Ed R.M.Young (1896)

Our chief intention and design in this our Royal Expedition being to reduce our Kingdom of Ireland to such a state that all who behave themselves as becomes dutiful and loyal subjects may enjoy their Liberties and Possessions under a just and equal Government, and to the end that all our loving subjects who at present are in our obedience may find the good effects of Our Protection, and as much as possible in the distractions of War feel the benefit and advantage of continuing under the care of Our Power, Our Will and Pleasure is that all Officers, soldiers, and others belonging to our Army do so carry themselves, both in Garrison, Quarters, and wheresoever they shall march, as persons ought to do who are under Military Discipline, and that they do not presume on any account to spoil or rob any Parks or Warrens, Plunder the Houses, do violence to or extort or take any horses, cows, or other Cattle from the Inhabitants of the Towns or Quarters where they are or shall be, but that they duly pay such reasonable Rates for those Provisions and necessaries they have or shall have occasion to make use of as is or shall be appointed by us, with proportion to the pay and entertainment they receive: And we do strictly charge all officers, soldiers, and persons whatsoever to observe and obey these Our Rules and Orders, and behave themselves accordingly: And all Colonells, Captains, and other officers are hereby Required not only to keep themselves within these due bounds and limits, but to see that their respective soldiers do the same, as they will answer the contrary at their Peril, it being Our Resolution, upon Complaint made to Us by any person aggrieved, to punish all such as in anywise offend against and act contrary to these Our Orders. And that no one may plead or pretend ignorance of this Our Royal Will and Pleasure, We do hereby direct and command that these Orders be published in all the Quarters of Our Army, and that one Comissar of the Musters do Publicly read them at the head of each Regiment so often as they shall muster the same.

Given at Our Court at Belfast, the 19th day of June, 1690, in the Second Year of our Reign.

By his Maties. Command,

GEO. CLARKE.

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