1650 – Kilkenny surrenders to Cromwell.

The Siege of Kilkenny ends with the city and residents surrendering to Oliver Cromwell. In an unusual act of generosity and civility by one of the most hated men in Irish history, Sir Walter Butler and the garrison were allowed to leave the city still bearing their weapons. Following the siege of Drogheda the previous September, Cromwell’s forces massacred soldiers and civilians after their surrender.

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