grass never grows. Tradition says this is where he fell- the large hole is where his head touched the ground, and the others mark of drops of blood which fell from it. I have been informed that time and time again these holes have been filled with sods of grass, but that they withered almost immediately and never took root.
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Shipwrecks in Lough Swilly :-
The Frigate Saldanha was wrecked on Swillly Rock on a tempestuous night in December 1811 and all on board (400 persons) were drowned. One man swam ashore near Portsalon but died next day . Some of the bodies including that of Captain Packenham , were recovered and interred in the precincts of the old monastic ruins in Rathmullan.
The event is commemorated in doggerel which possesses no merit whatever :-
Come all you gallant seamen bold who to the sea belong
Give ear unto my tragedy, I will not keep you long
It is of the Talbot Sloop of War and the Saldanha also
On the first day of December they both to sea did go.
The evening being calm and clear our anchors