Walker, George (2), Dd
Walker, George (2), D.D.
an Irish clergyman of the Church of England, was born of English parents in the County Tyrone, Ireland, about 1650. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, and took orders in the Church of England, after which he became rector of Donoughmore, near Londonderry, Ireland. When James II laid siege to that city in 1689, Walker raised a regiment, with which he gallantly defended Londonderry, after it had been abandoned by its governor, and succeeded in holding the city until James was obliged to raise the siege, July 30, 1689. He received the thanks of the House of Commons, and was nominated bishop of Derry by William III; but desiring to pass through another military campaign before entering upon the duties of the episcopal office, he was killed at the battle of the Boyne, July 1, 1690. He published A True Account of the Siege of Londonderry (1689), which was attacked and criticized, and the attack brought out a Vindication. A statue, mounted on a lofty pillar, has been erected to his memory in Londonderry.