David Digues des Rompieres De La Touche was born in 1671 and educated in a strictly Protestant manner. While in Holland, he secured a commission with Colonel La Caillemotte’s division in the army of William of Orange. He came to Ireland in 1690 and served at the battle of the Boyne, during which La Caillemotte, a younger brother of the old Marquis de Ruvigny, was killed. David later became Captain in Princess Ann of Denmark’s Regiment (later the Liverpool Regiment). Pensioned off on the eve of the War of the Spanish Succession, he settled in Galway where his landlady is said to have suggested he take up weaving to pay the rent.
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