de Cúellar was a captain of the galleon San Pedro of the
squadron of Castille, one of the front line squadrons of the Spanish
Armada. Following the battles with the English fleet in the Channel,
de Cúellar was accused and convicted of breaking fleet sailing
to death, he argued his case sufficiently well, to obtain a reprieve.
Conditional to that reprieve was that he remain on board the Levanter
La Lavia under the supervision of the Judge Advocate, Martin de
then was how he came to be aboard La Lavia, when she in company
with La Juliana and Santa Maria de Vision also from the squadron
of Levant, became trapped off the Sligo coast at Streedagh. These
three ships remained stormbound here for four days, on the fifth
day the weather worsened, as the storm increased, all three were
driven ashore foundering on Streedagh Strand.
survived this disaster and set out to reach safety, first here in
Ireland, travelling from Sligo to the Causeway Coast, from there
to Scotland, and from Scotland to Spanish held Antwerp.
Antwerp he wrote a long letter detailing his adventures in Connaught
and Ulster, that led to his subsequent escape.
is this letter discovered in Spanish archives in the 19th Century,
which forms the basis for the De C˙ellar trail, this website and
accompanying brochure and book.