The Forfeited Covenanters, 1679 to 1688

•July 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Scottish Parliament

In 1690, the Scottish Parliament passed an act rescinding most of the forfeitures which had taken place under the Restoration Stewart regime. The published list is not perfect. It contains minor errors, duplicates some names and fails to mentions some of those who were executed.

Below are the 331 names listed in the Act for the period between 1679 and 1688.

I have added numbers and identified, where possible, the parish where the forfeited came from. You can compare my revised list with the full act here. (RPS, 1690/4/80.)

[Forfeited 1679]
1. Mr John King [Executed 1679],
2. Mr John Kidd [Executed 1679],

3. Andrew Sword [Borgue parish. Executed 1679],
4. Thomas Brown [Edinburgh. Executed 1679],
5. John Waddell [New Monkland or Shotts parish. Executed 1679],
6. John Clyde [Kilbride parish. Executed 1679],
7. James Wood [Loudoun parish. Executed 1679],

[Forfeited 1680]
8. Patrick MacDougall of Freuch [Stoneykirk parish],
9. & 10. Mr William [Gordon (d.1679)] and Alexander Gordon, elder and younger of Earlston [Dalry parish],
11. Mr William Ferguson of Ketloch [Glencairn parish],
12. James Gordon of Craichie, younger [Kirkcowan parish],
13. Patrick Dunbar, younger of Machriemore [Minnigaff parish],
14. William Gordon of Culvennan [Kirkcowan parish],
15. John Bell of Whiteside [Anwoth parish. Summarily executed 1685],
16. John Gibson of Auchencheyne [Glencairn parish],
17. [John] Gibson, younger of Ingliston [Glencairn parish. Summarily executed 1685],
18. [William] Gordon of Dundeugh [Carsphairn parish],
19. [...] Grier of Dalgonar [Dunscore parish. Probably a repetition of Samuel Grierson of Dalgonar],
20. [Robert] Smith of Kilroy [Dunscore parish],
21. [Robert] MacClelland of Balmagreichen [Borgue parish],

22. Thomas Bogle of Boglehole [Old Monkland parish],
23. James Baird of Dungeonhill [Old Monkland parish],

24. [...] Gordon of Craigie [i.e., James Gordon, younger, of Craiglaw],
25. [Robert] Lennox of Irelandton [Twynholm parish. Summarily executed 1685],
26. [...] Gordon of Baccharrowe [i.e., Barharrow, Borgue parish],
27. John Fullerton of Auchinhoe [Borgue parish],
28. David MacCulloch, son to Ardwell [Anwoth parish],
29. William Whitehead of Millhouse [Kirkcudbright parish?],
30. John Welsh of Cornlee [Irongray parish],
31. [John] Neilson of Corsock [Parton parish],
32. Robert MacClelland of Barscobe [Balmaclellan parish],
33. Samuel MacClelland, his brother [Balmaclellan parish?],
34. [...] Fullerton of Nethermill [?],
35. George MacCartney of Blaiket [Urr parish],
36. [...] Gordon of Garrerie [Kells parish],
37. Alexander Gordon of Knockgray [Carsphairn parish],
38. [Patrick] Heron of Littlepark [Minnigaff parish],
39. [William] Gordon of Holmes [Balmaclellan parish. Perhaps duplicate of his son. See No. 155],
40. [John] Gordon of Overbarr [Dalry parish],
41. John MacNaught of Culquha [Tongland parish],
42. Patrick Murdoch, alias laird of Murdoch [aka. of Cumloden. Minnigaff parish],

43. [John] Binning of Dalvennan [Straiton parish],
44. Major Alexander Ross [near New Monkland parish?],

45. John Malcolm [Dalry parish. Executed 1680],
46. Archibald Alison [Evandale parish. Executed 1680],
47. James Skene, brother to the laird of Skene [Skene parish. Executed 1680],
48. John Potter [Uphall parish. Executed 1680],
49. Archibald Stewart [Bo’ness parish. Executed 1680],
50. Isobel Alison [Perth parish. Executed 1681],
51. Marion Harvie [Bo’ness parish. Executed 1681],

[Teviotdale Forfietures]
52. Thomas Turnbull of Standhill [Hawick parish],
53. Walter Turnbull of Bewlie [Lilliesleaf parish],

[Forfeitures and Executions]
54. John Murray [Bo’ness parish],
55. Christopher Miller [Gargunnock parish. Executed 1681],
56. William Gogar [Bo’ness parish. Executed 1681],
57. Robert Sangster [Stirlingshire. Executed 1681],

[Lanarkshire Forfeitures]
60. David White, smith in Lanark [Lanark parish],
61. Gideon Weir, gunsmith there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
62. David Gibson there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
63. John Wilson, writer in Lanark [Lanark parish. Executed 1683],
64. Mr Thomas Pillans [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
65. James Lawrie, writer there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
66. Archibald Simpson there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
67. Thomas Lauchlan there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
68. William Ferguson there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
69. John Sempill, mason there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
70. Thomas Inglis there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
71. Alexander Anderson there [in Lanark, Lanark parish],
72. John Pomphray there [in Lanark, Lanark parish. Probably summarily executed 1685],
73. John Jack in Nemphlar [Lanark parish],
74. William Peden, mason in Lanark [Lanark parish],
75. Robert Lockhart of Birkhill [Lesmahagow parish],

76. Gavin Hamilton of Hill,

77. James Weir of Johnshill [Lesmahagow parish],
78. John Shiel in Overwaterhead [Lesmahagow parish],
79. John Haddow in Douglas [Douglas parish],
80. James White in Douglas [Douglas parish],
81. William Falconer in Hamilton [Hamilton parish],
82. Arthur Tacket there [in Hamilton parish. Executed 1684],
83. Gavin Weatherspoon of Heather Know [Old Monkland parish],
84. John Easton, portioner of Gairnequeen [Old Monkland parish],
85. Robert Goodwin, maltman in Glasgow,
86. James Cunningham, merchant there,
87. Isaac Blackwell, son to Thomas Blackwell there [in Glasgow],
88. William Riddell, feuar in Rutherglen [Rutherglen parish],
89. Robert Fleming of Auchinfine [Kilbride parish],
90. John Hamilton, feuar of Rogerton [Kilbride parish],
91. Thomas Craig, feuar in Jackton [Kilbride parish],
92. John Miller, younger of Long Calderwood [Kilbride parish],
93. John Wilson of Highflat [Kilbride parish],
94. Robert Steven, feuar of Newlands [Kilbride parish],
95. John Steel of Windhill [Evandale parish],
96. John Cochrane of Craige [Evandale parish],
97. James Dykes of Halburne [Evandale parish],
98. John Carnduff, feuar in Jackton [Kilbride parish],
99. Thomas Paton at the old kirk of Cambusnethan [Cambusnethan parish],
100. John Whitelaw in Bothwellshields [Shotts parish. Executed 1683. See also No. 187],
101. John Paterson there [in Bothwellshields. Shotts parish],
102. John White of Neuk [Lesmahagow parish],
103. Thomas Lynn of Blairachine [Lesmahagow parish],

[Ayrshire/Carrick Forfeitures]
104. Gilbert MacIlraith of Dumorchie [Barr parish],
105. Thomas MacJarrow of Barr [Barr parish];
106. John MacJarrow of Pingerrach [Barr parish],
107. Henry MacGarroch of Alton Albany [Barr parish],
108. George MacLure of Bennan [Barr parish],
109. [Hugh] MacIlraith of Auchenflower [Ballantrae parish],
110. John MacAlexander of Dumochrein [Dailly parish],
111. [John] MacMichan, son to [...] MacMichan of Killstinnian [Colmonell parish],
112. Allan Bowie, son to [...] Bowie of Drumley [Tarbolton parish],

[Executions and Forfeitures]
113. Adam Philip [Kilconquhar parish],
114. Andrew Patillo [Largo parish. Executed 1681],
115. Laurence Hay [Kilconquhar parish. Executed 1681],
116. Mr Donald Cargill [Executed 1681],
117. Mr James Boig [Executed 1681],
118. Mr Walter Smith [Executed 1681],
119. William Thomson [St Ninians parish. Executed 1681],
120. William Cuthill [Bo’ness parish. Executed 1681],
121. Patrick Forman [Alloa parish. Executed 1681],
122. Robert Garnock [Stirling. Executed 1681],
123. David Farrie [Ayr. Executed 1681],
124. James Stewart [Cambusnethan parish. Executed 1681],
125. Alexander Russell [Falkirk parish. Executed 1681],

126. William Murray of Meadowhead [or ‘Moodiehead’, Bo’ness parish?],

127. Archibald [Campbell], earl of Argyll [Executed 1685],

[Stirlingshire Forfeitures]
128. George Arthur of Bonnanhill, portioner of Balquhatstone [Slammanan parish],
129. James Ure of Shargerton [Kippen parish],
130. Donald Connell, portioner of Buchlyvie [Kippen parish],
131. Thomas Russell of Middlerig [Slammanan or Muiravonside parish],
132. Edward Marshall, heritor of Kaemuir [Muiravonside parish. Executed 1685],
133. John Taylor, elder in Holehouse [Slammanan parish],
134. John Shaw, son to John Shaw of Easter Greenhill [Slammanan parish],
135. George Mochrie, fiar of Stonerigg [Slammanan parish?],

136. Thomas Ferguson of Finnarts [Ballantrae parish],

[Forfeitures and Executions]
137. William Harvie in Lanark [Lanark parish. Executed 1682],
138. Christian Fyfe [Fife],
139. Robert Gray, Englishman [Northumberland. Executed 1682],
140. James Robertson [Stonehouse parish. Executed 1682],
141. John Finlay [Kilmarnock parish. Executed 1682],
142. William Cochrane [Evandale parish. Executed 1682],

[Dumfriesshire and Galloway Forfeitures]
143. Samuel Grierson of Dalgonar [Dunscore parish. Probable repetition of No. 19],
144. William Grierson of Lochquhare [Keir parish],
145. James Welsh of Little Cluden [Irongray parish],
146. John Brown, heritor in Newtown [of Galloway? Kells parish],
147. Henry MacCulloch of Barholm [Kirkmabreck parish],
148. Anthony Mackie of Cloncaird [Minnigaff parish],
149. [...] Hay of Arriallane [Mochrum parish],
150. Andrew Martin of Little Airies [Kirkinner parish],
151. [...] Fullerton of Senwick [Borgue parish],
152. [David] Halliday of Mayfield [Twynholm parish. Summarily executed in 1685],
153. Mr Thomas Verner, minister,
154. Mr Samuel Arnott, minister,
155. George Gordon, second son to Holmes [Balmaclellan parish],
156. Alexander MacNaught, younger of Overton [of Dalry. Dalry parish],
157. [...] Crichton of Hole of Balquhasie [Kirkmabreck parish],
158. Alexander Hunter of Culquhasen [Glenluce parish],
159. Alexander Mackie of Drumbowie [Kirkcowan parish],

[Execution and Forfeitures]
160. Alexander Hume, portioner of Hume [Hume parish. Executed 1682],
161. [Thomas] Cunningham of Montgreenan [Kilwinning parish],
162. William Lawrie of Blackwood [Lesmahagow parish],
163. John Menzies of Dalquhairn [or ‘Dalvane’, Slammanan parish],
164. Robert Hamilton, brother to the laird of Preston,

[Glasgow Circuit Forfeitures]
165. William Boig in Auchinreoch in Campsie parish [Executed 1683],
166. John Russell, portioner of Eastfield [Shotts or New Monkland parish],
167. Gavin Paterson, feuar in Bothwellshields [Shotts parish],
168. Robert Russell of Windyedge [Shotts parish],
169. Mr Thomas Hamilton of Raith [New Monkland parish],
170. James Hamilton of Parkhead [New Monkland parish],
171. James Maxwell of Williamswood [Cathcart parish],
172. John Maxwell, portioner of Bogton [Cathcart parish],

[Ayrshire Forfeitures]
173. Robert [or John] Lockhart of Bankhead [Loudoun parish],
174. Andrew Brown of Duncanziemere [Auchinleck parish],
175. Mr Matthew Campbell of Waterhouse [or Waterhaughs, Galston parish],
176. James Brown [son of James Brown, portioner] in Newmills [Loudoun parish],
177. John Paterson in Daldilling [Sorn parish],
178. Adam Reid [portioner] in Mauchline [Mauchline parish],
179. John Crawford of Tarshaw [Tarbolton parish],
180. John Wilson, younger [or portioner] of Lindsayhill [i.e., Lindsayshill, Sorn parish],
181. Mr John Halbert [Cumnock parish],
182. James MacNeilly of Auchnairne [Auchairne?, Ballantrae parish],
183. Colonel John Burns [Ayrshire],

184. Robert Hamilton of Monkland [New Monkland parish],
185. Edward Aiken [Crawfordjohn parish],

186. Mr John Dick, son to David Dick, writer in Edinburgh [Executed 1683],
187. John Whitelaw [New Monkland parish. Executed 1683. Duplicate of No. 100],
188. Arthur Bruce [Dalserf parish. Executed 1683],
189. William Cochrane [Lesmahagow parish. Executed 1683],
190. George Martin, sometime notary and reader at Dally [Daily parish. Executed 1684],
191. John Kerr, wright sometime in the parish of Hunnum [aka. Gilry. Hownam parish. Executed 1684],
192. James Muir at the Crossford boat [Lesmahagow parish. Executed 1684],

193. Henry Hall of Haughhead [(d.1680)],
194. Mr John Menzies of Wintercleuch or Hangingshaw [Crawford parish],
195. [...] Calderhead, younger of [or in] Windyedge [Shotts parish],
196. Henry Boswell, portioner of Dunsystoune [Shotts parish],
197. Robert Steel, portioner of Stain [Cambusnethan parish],
198. John Meek, portioner of Hunsellwood [Carstairs parish],
199. James Howison, maltman in Lanark [Lanark parish],
200. John Cochrane of Waterside [possibly an error for ‘William Greinshiells of Watersyde’],

201. John Paton of Meadowhead, called Captain Paton [Fenwick parish],
202. Thomas Harkness in Locherben [Closeburn parish. Executed 1684],
203. Andrew Clark, sometime in Leadhills in Crawford parish [Executed 1684],
204. Samuel MacEwan in Glencairn parish [Executed 1684],
205. James Nicol in Peebles-shire [Peebles parish. Executed 1684],
206. William Young in Lanarkshire [Eaglesham or Evandale parish. Executed 1684],

207. John Hutcheson, portioner of Newbattle [Newbattle parish],

208. John Sempill [Glassford parish. Executed 1684],
209. John Watt [Kilbride parish. Executed 1684],
210. Gabriel Thomson [Kilbride parish. Executed 1684],
211. George Jackson [Eastwood parish. Executed 1684],
212. Thomas Wood [Kirkmichael parish. Executed 1684],
213. James Graham [Crossmichael parish. Executed 1684],
214. Thomas Robertson [Edinburgh. Executed 1684],
215. Mr Robert Baillie of Jerviswood [Lanark parish. Executed 1684],
216. Walter [Scott], sometime earl of Tarras,
217. Robert Miller in the parish of Rutherglen [Executed 1685],
218. Robert Pollock, shoemaker in Glasgow [Executed 1685],

219. Thomas Kennedy of Grange [Maybole parish],
220. John Porterfield of Duchal [Kilmacolm parish],
221. John Mackie of Larg [Minnigaff parish],
222. John Russell of Colcraig [or Cat Craig, Cumbernauld parish],
223. John Russell of Arns [Cumbernauld parish],

[Glasgow Executions]
224. John MacQuarrie [Lesmahagow parish. Executed 1683],
225. James Smith [Lesmahagow parish. Executed 1683],
226. James Lawson [Lesmahagow parish. Executed 1684],
227. Alexander Wood [Bothwell parish. Executed 1684],

[Ayrshire Forfeitures]
228. Alexander Vallance,
229. James Kirkwood,

[Argyll Faction Forfeitures]
230. Sir John Cochrane of Ochiltree,
231. Sir Patrick Hume of Polwarth,
232. George Pringle of Torwoodlee,
233. Mr Robert Martin, late clerk to the justice court,
234. Mr Robert Ferguson, sometime chaplain to [Anthony Ashley Cooper], earl of Shaftesbury,
235. Thomas Stewart of Coltness,
236. Sir Hugh Campbell, elder of Cessnock,
237. Sir George Campbell thereof [i.e. of Cessnock],
238. George [Melville], lord Melville,
239. David Montgomery of Lainshaw,
240. Richard Rumbold, Englishman [Executed 1685],
241. David Stewart, son to Thomas Stewart of Coltness,
242. Mr William Spence, servant to the late earl of Argyll,
243. William Denholm of Westshiels,
244. James Stewart [of Goodtrees], advocate,
245, Mr Gilbert Elliott,

246. Thomas Stoddart [Executed 1685],
247. James Wilkinson [Executed 1685],
248. Matthew Bryce [Executed 1685],

249. Archibald Campbell,
250. David Law,
251. Gavin Russell,

252. Mr Thomas Archer, preacher,
253. Mr Charles Campbell, son to the late earl of Argyll,
254. Archibald Campbell, son to Lord Neil Campbell,
255. Mr John Campbell, son to the late earl of Argyll,

256. John Nisbet called of Hardhill [Loudoun parish. Executed 1685],

[Argyll Faction Forfeitures]
257. Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun,
258. Sir Duncan Campbell of Auchinbreck,
259. Donald Campbell of Barbreck,
260. John Campbell, younger of Nellfort,
261. John Campbell of Knapp,
262. Mr Alexander Campbell, advocate,
263. Dougall Campbell of Kilberry, younger,
264. the deceased Alexander MacMillan of Drummore,
265. Donald MacNeil of Crear,
266. Duncan Campbell of Carradale,
267. Alexander Campbell of Otter,
268. Major [...] Henderson,
269. Captain John Fullerton,
270. Mr George Wishart, preacher,
271. Mr Alexander Hastie,
272. Robert Elphinstone of Lopness,
273. Captain John Henry,
274. Patrick Campbell, son to Mr John Campbell, called Black Patrick,
275. Patrick MacArthur of Inchrenie,
276. Archibald MacIlvernock of Ob,
277. Iver MacIver, alias Campbell of Arnish,
278. the deceased Dougall MacAvish of Dunardry,
279. Neil Campbell of Evanachan,
280. [...] Campbell of Kildavanan,
281. [Daniel] Kerr of Kersland, younger,
282. John Campbell of Dargachie,
283. Robert Campbell, his brother,
284. Alexander MacArthur, captain to the late Argyll,
285. & 286. Colin and Duncan Campbell, elder and younger of Allangreg,
287. James [Scott], sometime duke of Buccleuch and Monmouth,
288. Donald Campbell of Bellnabie,
289. Archibald Campbell of Danna,
290. Duncan Campbell of Culgaltro,
291. Angus MacLauchlan of Barnagad,
292. Allan MacLauchlan of Dunard,
293. Colin Campbell of Blairintibbert,
294. the deceased Donald Campbell of Drumfine,
295. Donald Campbell of Ob,
296. Duncan Campbell, elder of Drumfine,
297. Angus Campbell of Daltote,
298. John Campbell of Ulva,
299. Alexander Lamond of Monydrain,
300. John Campbell of Ardtaraig,
301. John MacPhine of Invernoaden,
302. Alexander MacChuine of Kinlochalline,
303. Archibald MacPhun of Drip,
304. Alexander Campbell, younger of Sonachan,
305. James Wilson in Mosshead of Lochwinnoch [Lochwinnoch parish],
306. John Anderson, younger of Westerton [near Edinburgh?],
307. James Boyle, called Mr James Renwick, precentor,
308. Mr James Renwick, a preacher [Executed 1688],
[After this point, the list appears to abandon a fairly chronological format and begins to frequently contain duplicate entries.]
309. Mr Gabriel Maxwell, a minister, [before 1678]
310. Andrew Martin of Little Airies [See No.150],
311. Andrew Meek in Carnwath parish,
312. John Stewart, son to James Stewart in Drumlea,
313. Nicolas Cochrane, portioner of Melrose [or Newton, Roxburghshire],
314. John Cochrane of Chapel,
315. Robert Fullerton of Bennalls [Tarbolton?],
316. John Wilson [See No. 63],
317. Mr Thomas Pillan [See No. 64],
318. Archibald Simpson [See No. 66],
319. Alexander Anderson [See No. 71],
320. John Sempill [See No. 69],
321. William Padyn [See No. 74],
322. Thomas Inglis [See No. 70],
323. Thomas Lauchlan [See No. 67],
324. William Ferguson [See No. 68],
325. Alexander Brown,
326. Gideon Weir [See No. 61],
327. James Howison [See No. 199],

[Renfrewshire Executions]
328. James Algeir in Kennishead [Executed 1685],
329. [John] Park, in the shire of Renfrew [Executed 1685],

330. John Hutcheson of Harlaw [or ‘Harrilaw’],
331. Captain James Wishart;

and generally all and whatsoever decreets and dooms of forfeitures, given and pronounced against any of the subjects of this kingdom, either by the high court of parliament or ordinary or circuit courts of justiciary, or any other court or commission from 1 January 1665 to 5 November 1688, with all escheats fallen upon the grounds of the said forfeitures since the said day, are and shall be void and of no value, force, strength nor effect in all time coming, rescinding and reducing the same forever, except the decreets of forfeiture pronounced against Pàdraig Ruadh MacGriogair, Patrick Drummond, Alasdair Mór MacGriogair, John MacIntosh and Philip Standfield [for murder].’

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Christian Fyfe Declares that Charles II ‘Deserved to be Murdered’

•July 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

On Sunday 19 March, 1682, Christian Fyfe entered the Old Kirk of St Giles and beat up the minister. Alexander Ramsay, at the end of his sermon. According to her confession, she went there with the purpose of assaulting Ramsay…

Hangings Alison and Harvie

Christian Fyfe, a recent ‘indweller in Fife’, had possibly been radicalised by Donald Cargill’s field preachings there in 1680 to 1681. In her protests before the privy council and justiciary, she referred to the executions of both Cargill and the Fife laird, David Hackstoun of Rathillet.

Ramsay was was a supporter of the Restoration settlement of the church, but was later suspended for publicly voicing his fears about popery in 1686. He was deprived of his charge at the Revolution. (Fasti, I, 71.)

Wodrow records the following about Fyfe:

‘Another process against a poor ignorant simple woman [i.e., a female adherent of the Societies’ platform], I find before the same court. March 27th, Christian Fyfe, late indweller in Fife, is indicted for invading a minister, and treason. The probation adduced against her is her own confession, before the committee for public affairs. “Edinburgh, 21st March, Christian Fyfe confesseth, that on sabbath last, she did beat Mr Ramsay in the old kirk, at the ending of the sermon, and the reason was, she thought he was profaning the sabbath. She declares she thinks the king is not lawful king nor the judges lawful judges, otherwise they would never have murdered Mr Donald Cargill [in July, 1681] and [David Hackstoun of] Rathillet [in July, 1680]. Since Mr Cargill’s death she thinks there was not an honest minister in Scotland. That she thinks it very good service to kill all the bishops present and all of them that are in Scotland; declares the reason why she went to the church was to beat and not to hear the minister.

When before the justiciary, she judicially adheres to all she had formerly confessed, and declines them as her judges; and adds, she went not to the kirk to beat a lawful minister, but one whom she thought a Judas and a devil. That these who killed the archbishop were at their duty. Without any difficulty the assize bring her in guilty, and the lords sentence her to be hanged at the Grassmarket upon the 7th of April.’ (Wodrow, History, III, 409-10.)

Wodrow’s passage on Christian Fyfe has led to her inclusion on lists of those executed. Her name appears on a plaque in Edinburgh.

However, Christian Fyfe was not executed.

Lord Fountainhall records:

‘27 March 1682.—At Criminall Court, the woman called Christian Fyffe (who had struck Mr. Alexander Ramsay, the minister of Edinburgh,) was condemned to be hanged, on the 7 of Aprill nixt, for railing upon his Majesty, calling the King a villain, a knave, ane apostat, perjured man, who deserved to be murdered, &c.: which shee would not retract, tho hir life was offered hir, if she would do it. This was a wild delusion of [Richard] Cameron’s sowing; but the Privy Counsell, looking on hir as mad, repreived hir.’ (Lauder, Historical Notices, 350-1.)

Fyfe’s reprieve from execution came over a year after two militant women, Isobel Alison and Marion Harvie, were hanged in Edinburgh. Fyfe remained in prison for many years.

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Wanted Rebels and Traitors in Scotland in October, 1681.

•July 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment


In October, 1681, the privy council proclaimed a list of eighty-nine forfeited fugitives from the Presbyterian rising of 1679. (RPCS, VII, 216-8.)

45 of those listed were from Lanarkshire (Nos 1-45), 11 from Ayrshire (Nos 46-56), and 33 from Galloway and Nithsdale (Nos 57-89).

Curiously, the list contains the names of four of the five men executed at Magus Muir in November, 1679, (See Nos. 44, 45, 56 & 88.) and that of John Malcolm (No. 89), who was executed in August, 1680, but it does not list the others who were executed up to October, 1681.

Where possible I have added links to other posts that mention them. I have also added numbers before each name.

Wodrow published the same list. (Wodrow, History, III, 247-8.)

In 1690, Parliament also published a longer list rescinding forfeitures. (RPS, 1690/4/80.)

I have compared the names and places given in the lists of the RPCS, Wodrow and the RPS.

Some on the list from Galloway have not been fully identified. If anyone knows more about them, please let me know, especially No. 79 who may have been from the parish of Rerrick, Kirkbean or Kirkmichael. The same goes for any errors.

‘Charles, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, to all and sundry our lieges and subjects whom it effeirs, greeting. Forasmuch as the persons underwritten are by decreet and sentence of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary forfaulted in their lives, lands and goods for their treasonable rysing in arms in the late rebellion at Bothwell bridge [in 1679], viz.:—

1. David [White,] Smith in Lanerk;
2. Gideon Wier, gunsmith there [in Lanark];
3. David Gibson there [in Lanark];
4. John Wilson, writer there [in Lanark];
5. Mr Thomas Pillans there [in Lanark];
6. James Lowry [i.e., Lawrie], writer there [in Lanark];
7. Archibald Symson there [in Lanark];
8. Thomas Lauchlan there [in Lanark];
9. William Ferguson there [heritor in Lanark];
10. John Semple, mason there [in Lanark];
11. Thomas Inglis there [shoemaker in Lanark];
12. Alexander Anderson there [in Lanark];
13. John Pumphray there [merchant in Lanark];
14. John Jaik in Newplair [i.e., John Jack in Nemphlar, Lanark parish];
15. William Padzean, mason in Lanerk,
16. Robert Lockhart of Birkhill [Lesmahagow parish];
17. James Wier of Johnshill [Lesmahagow parish];
18. John Steill in Over Watterhead [Lesmahagow parish];
19. John Haddow in Dowglas [Douglas parish];
20. James White there [in Douglas parish];
21. William Falconer in Hamilton;
22. Arthur Tackitt there [in Hamilton parish];
23. Gavin Wetherspoon of Hethrieknow [Old Monkland parish];
24. John Eastoun, portioner of Wuaryneen [Old Monkland parish];
25. Robert Gordon [i.e., Goodwin], maltman in Glasgow,
26. James Cuninghame, merchant there [in Glasgow],
27. Isack Blackwell, sone to Thomas Blackwell there [in Glasgow];
28. William Riddell, fewar in Rutherglen [Rutheglen parish];
29. Robert Fleeming of Auchinfin [Kilbride parish];
30. John Hamilton, fewar in Roggertoun [Kilbride parish];
31. Thomas Craig, fewar in Jacktoun [Kilbride parish];
32. John Miller, fewar of Langcalderwood [Kilbride parish];
33. John Wilsone of Highfleet [Kilbride parish];
34. Robert Steven, fewar of Newland [Kilbride parish];
35. John Steill of Windhill [Evandale parish];
36. John Cochran of Craigie [Evandale parish];
37. James Dykes, portioner of Halburn [Evandale parish];
38. John Carduf, fewar in Jackstoun [Kilbride parish];
39. Thomas Patoun at Oldkirk of Camnethain [Cambusnethan parish];
40. John Whitlaw of Bothwellscheill [Shotts parish];
41. John Paterson there [in Bothwellshields, Shotts parish];
42. John White of Newk [Lesmahagow parish];
43. Thomas Lin of Blairachin [Lesmahagow parish];
44. John Weddall in Chisdall [New Monkland or Shotts parish. Executed November, 1679];
45. John Clyd in Kilbryd [executed November, 1679], all in Lanerkshire;

46. Gilbert McIlwrath of Dumchory [Barr parish];
47. Thomas McJarrow of Barr [Barr parish];
48. John McJarrow of Penjarrow [Barr parish];
49. Hendry McJarrow of Athalbany [Barr parish];
50. George McChir of Benman [Barr parish];
51. Henry McIlwrath of Auchinflour [Ballantrae parish];
52. John [Mac]Alexander of Dumochry [Dailly parish];
53. [John] McMikin, sone to ——— McMikin in Hilkertoun[? Colmonell parish];

54. Allan Buy [i.e., Bowie], sone to ——- Buy of Drumley [Tarbolton parish];
55. James Wood [in Loudoun parish] in Air [executed in 1679];
56. [Joohn] Binning of Dalvenan in Carrick [Straiton parish], all in the shire of Air;

[Galloway and Nithsdale]
57. Patrick McDowgall of Freuch [Stoneykirk parish];
58 & 59. Mr William [d.1679] and Alexander Gordons of Earlestoun [Dalry parish];
60. Mr William Ferguson of Ketlochpatick [Glencairn parish];
61. [Patrick] Dumbar, younger of Machirmoir [Minnigaff parish];
62. John Bell of Whitside [Anwoth parish];
63. John Gibson of Auchincheir [Glencairn parish];
64. [John] Gibson, younger of Inglistoun [Glencairn parish];
65. [William] Gordon of Dendeuch [Carsphairn parish];
66. ——– Grier of Dalgonar [Dunscore parish. Probably Samuel Grierson of Dalgonar];
67. [Robert] Smith of Kilroch [Dunscore parish];
68. [Robert] McClellane of Balmagechan [Borgue parish];
69. ——- Gordon of Cragie [Probably an error for James Gordon, younger of Craiglaw in Kirkcowan parish.;
70. [Robert] Lenox of Irlantoun [Twynholm parish];
71. ——– Gordon of Barharran [Borgue parish];
72. John Fowbertoun [or Fullerton] of Auchinchrie [or ‘of Auchinhoe’, i.e., Auchenhay in Borgue parish];
73. David McCulloch, sone to [Alexander?, laird of] Ardwell [Stoneykirk parish];
74. William Whitehead of Mylnehouse [Kirkcudbright parish?];
75. John Welsh of Cornbe [Irongray parish];
76. [John] Neilson of Corsack [Parton parish];
77. Robert McClellan of Barscobe [Balmaclellan parish];
78. Samuell McClellan, his brother [Balmaclellan parish?];
79. ——– Fullertoun of Nethermylne [or ‘Nethermill’. ?];
80. George McKertney of Blaikit [Urr parish];
81. ——– Gordon of Garrery [Kells parish?];
82. [Alexander] Gordon of Knockgray [Carsphairn parish];
83. [Patrick] Herron of Litlepark [Minnigaff parish];
84. [William[ Gordon of Holme [Balmaclellan parish];
85. [John] Gordon of Overbarr [Dalry parish];
86. John McNaugh of Culgnad [or Culquha, Tongland parish];
87. [Patrick] Murdoch, alias laird of Murdoch [or Cumloden, Minnigaff parish];
88. Andrew Sword [in Borgue parish] in Galloway [executed in 1679];
89. John McColmb in Dalry in Gallow[ay, Dalry parish, Executed in 1680];

which persons (as wee are informed) doe notwithstanding live and reseid at or near their severall dwelling places, and by themselves or others, to their use and behove, doe uplift, possess and enjoy their lands, rents and goods, as if they were our free and peaceable subjects, in high and proud contempt of us, our authority and laws; wee, therefore, with advice of our Privy Councill, doe hereby give and grant full power, authority and commission to the sheriffs principall of the shires of Lanerk, Air, Dunfries, stewart of the stewartrie of Kirkcudbrigh, Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnae, sheriff principall of Wigtoun, and their deputs, to pass, pursue, take, apprehend, imprison, and present to justice the foresaids rebells and traitours wherever they can be found in any pairt of their shire or jurisdiction; and, in any case of resistance or hostile opposition, to pursue them to the death by force of arms or dryve them furth of the bounds of their shires and jurisdictions, and, if need beis, to call to their assistance such number of our good subjects as they shall find necessary for their assistance, who are hereby ordained to concurr with, fortifie and assist out commissioners foresaids in this our service as they will be answerable to their outmost perill; and, if in persecution of the saids rebells and traitours, any of them shall be mutilat or slaine be any of our saids commissioners [or those] assisting them, wee declare that they shall never be pursued or called in question therefore, bot that the same shall be repute and esteemed good and acceptable service to us. Given under our signet at Hallyrudhous, the eight day of October, 1681, and of our reign the 33 year. Subscribitur ut sederunt.’ (RPCS, VII, 216-218.)

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The Forfeited: Dumfriesshire Lairds

•July 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The following landholders in Dumfriesshire were forfeited for their part in the Bothwell Rising of 1679…

It is worth noting just how few and how concentrated the Dumfriesshire lairds who joined the Rising were. Nearly all of them were from two parishes in Nithsdale.


1. Mr William Ferguson of Caitloch, Glencairn parish.
Ferguson played a significant role in support of John Welsh at Bothwell. He is often recorded as ‘of Ketloch’ or ‘Kaitloch’. The old keep at Caitloch was incorporated into a nineteenth-century house.

Map of Caitloch                   Aerial View of Caitloch

After Bothwell, Caitloch escaped capture and went into exile in Rotterdam. He was tried in absentia for treason and forfeited in 1680. For details of his trial see here. (CST, XI, 45-.64.)

He is also mentioned as forfeited in letter of 8 October, 1681. (Wodrow, History, III, 247-8.)

In 1690, he delivered a letter to the United Societies.

The garrison established at Caitloch in April, 1684, captured William Smith, who was summarily executed in 1685.


2. John Gibson of Auchencheyne, Glencairn parish.
John Gibson of Auchencheyne (or Auchenchain) is mentioned as forfeited in letter of 8 October, 1681. (Wodrow, History, III, 247-8.)

Map of Auchencheyne                 Aerial View of Auchencheyne


3. John Gibson, younger, of Ingleston, Glencairn parish.
‘[John] Gibson, younger of Ingliston’, i.e., Ingleston, is mentioned as forfeited in letter of 8 October, 1681. (Wodrow, History, III, 247-8.)

He was summarily executed at Lower Ingleston in 1685.

Map of Ingleston         Aerial View of Ingleston

Kilroy WoodsKilroy

4. Robert Smith of Kilroy, Dunscore parish.
‘[Robert] Smith of Kilroy’, aka, ‘Kilroch’, is mentioned as forfeited in letter of 8 October, 1681. (Wodrow, History, III, 248.)

Map of Kilroy            Street View of Kilroy

Smith was later apprehended and in 1684 confessed to various plots involving the Society people.

Dalgonar DunscoreDalgonar above the Kirk of Dunscore

5. ‘———-’ Grier[son?] of Dalgonar, Dunscore parish.
‘Grier of Dalgoner’ is mentioned as forfeited in letter of 8 October, 1681, but no first name is given. (Wodrow, History, III, 247-8.)

Map of Dalgonar           Aerial View of Dalgonar

6. Samuel Grierson of Dalgonar, Dunscore parish.
‘Samuel Grierson of Dalgonar’ was forfeited 11 December, 1682. At the time of his forfeiture, he was deceased. (Wodrow, History, III, 413.)

Map of Dalgonar

The walled garden at Dalgonar is usually open on 22 June.

7. William Grierson of Lochwharre, Glencairn or Keir parish.
‘William Grierson of Lochquhare’ was forfeited on 11 December, 1682. Wodrow records him as ‘of Kolchwher’, which is plainly a typographic error, and others as Lochquhurr, Lochchir or Lochurr. (Wodrow, History, III, 413.)

The ambiguous placename associated with him makes Grierson’s locality hard to identify. Some have identified him as of Lochurr, a farm in Glencairn parish.

Map of Lochurr

However, there is a Lochwharre in Keir parish, which accords with the placename associated with him.

Map of Lochwharre               Aerial View of Lochwharre

Grierson of Lochwharre was badly wounded when he was rescued at Enterkin Pass in 1684. His brother, Alexander, and nephew, James, collected him after the rescue. He was later recaptured.

Three other Nithsdale men were later forfeited and executed for their part in Grierson’s rescue at Enterkin. They were Thomas Harkness in Closeburn parish and Samuel MacEwen in Glencairn parish, who were both executed on 15 August, 1684, and Thomas Wood in Kirkmichael parish, who was executed on 9 December, 1684.

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Glasgow Fugitives Banished in 1684

•July 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

On 4 October, 1684, two proclaimed fugitives were brought before the circuit in Glasgow: ‘Peter and John Finisones in the printed fugitive roll being examined, ordered they be processed in order to their banishment’ (RPCS, IX, 687.)

Ruchazie GartcraigRuchazie (top rightRuc) and Gartcraig (bottom left).

There are two John Finnisons listed on the fugitive roll of May, 1684. One is ‘John Finnison, in Rothsay, [i.e., Ruchazie]in the Barony [parish]’. The other appears under ‘Provan or Govan’ as ‘John Finnison, elder in Gantcraig’. The latter had two sons, ‘Alexander Finnison, son of John Finnison in Gantcraig’ and ‘Peter Finnison, son of John Finnison in Gantcraig’ who were also fugitives. (Jardine, ‘United Societies’, II, 193.)

Map of Gartcraig/Ruchazie

Street View of former site of Gartcraig

Street View of former site of Ruchazie

Both Ruchazie and Gartcraig lay in the lands of Provan, Barony parish, which belonged to the burgh of Glasgow. The ownership of them was ratified in 1669. (RPS, 1669/10/125.)

It is possible that John Finnison’s name was duplicated on the separate lists for the parishes of Barony and Govan, as Ruchazie lies right next to Gartcraig.

John and Peter Finnieson were probably the father and son fugitives from Gartcraig/Ruchazie. A John Finnison appears under the Hearth Tax records of 1691 to 1695 under Ruchazie and a Peter Finnison under Gartcraig.

At the same diet and on the same day, appeared ‘John Williamsone in Kilmarnock, prisoner for a disorderly baptisem, being a poor man and penitent, and Colin Alisone in Glasgow, also prisoner for allegeit resett of Colin Alisone, his sone, which he possitivlie denyes; both of them remitted prisoners till their cases be taken to further consideratione.’ (RPCS, IX, 687.)

Colin Alison, elder, was the father of Colin Alison, the Societies’ activist.

John Williamson had been captured in Glasgow in November, 1683, but had ‘made some compliances, for which he showed evident repentance’. He presumably had been held in Glasgow Tolbooth since then. He was one of the United Societies’ ‘expectants’, i.e., trainees for the ministry in 1683. After the Revolution became a minister in the Church of Scotland.

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Killed at Blackwood in 1685: The Other John Brown

•July 10, 2014 • 13 Comments

Blackwood House

The historical sources are remarkably consistent about what happened to the John Brown shot at Blackwood in Lesmahagow parish, Lanarkshire, which is probably a sign that they had little to go on beyond the initial report.

Unlike other local martyrs, for whom a considerable body of evidence exists, such as David Steel and John Brown in Priesthill, there is little evidence recorded about the Blackwood martyr. It is possible that all of the evidence for his death derives from a single source, Alexander Shields.

Shields’ Version
Brown’s death was first recorded by Alexander Shields in 1690:

‘Liev Murray, now prisoners in Edin[burgh in 1690]. with his party, Shot one John Brown, after quarters were given at Blackwood in Clidsdale, Mar. 1685.’ (Shields, A Short Memorial, 37.)

Cloud of Witnesses recycled Shields’ text. (Thomson (ed.), CW, 549.)

Wodrow’s Version
In the early eighteenth century, Wodrow recounted a similar story, although he was less sure about the date due to the faded source material he used:

‘This same month [i.e., March, 1685], as my accounts bear, but perhaps this might fall out at another time, since the figures of the years in some narratives before me are faded, and the ink ill, but the fact is certain, lieutenant Murray was going through the parish of Lesmabago, and met one John Brown in the fields, and promised him quarters at first, he making no resistance, but afterwards changed his mind, and without any process or sentence, shot him in a few minutes near the Blackwood in that parish.’ (Wodrow, History, IV, 243.)

Wodrow’s version clarifies that Brown was captured in the fields of Lesmahagow parish, rather than at Blackwood, and adds that Brown offered no resistance and that after he was brought to Blackwood he was shot within a few minutes.

The Lieutenant who had Brown shot was Lieutenant James Murray of His Majesty’s Regiment of Dragoons. The ‘party’ with him were almost certainly his company of dragoons.

Nineteenth Century Versions
In the nineteenth century, Greenshields’ Annals of the Parish of Lesmahagow, which often included local traditions, Thomson’s edition of Cloud of Witnesses and A. B. Todd all recycled Shields and Wodrow’s version of events. However, Thomson and Todd added minor details which are not attested to in the historical sources.

According to Greenshields in 1864:
‘In the month of March following, Lieutenant Murray shot John Brown at Blackwood, and his body was buried under cloud of night in the field where he fell,’ (Greenshields, Annals, 114-5.)

According to Thomson, Brown was buried under cloud of night:
‘[Lieutenant Murray was going through the parish of Lesmahagow, and met him in the fields. He first promised him quarter, as he made no resistance; but in a few minutes, without process or sentence, he shot him near Blackwood, now a residence of W. E. Hope Vere, Esq., and said to be the original of the Milnwood of Sir Walter Scott's fiction. John Brown lies buried within a hundred yards to the east of the mansion-house. The inscription on his monument is in the Appendix.—Ed.]’ (Thomson (ed.), CW, 549.)

In 1886, A. B. Todd added, without evidence, that Brown and others resorted to Priesthill:
‘The persecuted wanderers often came to Priesthill in those days. John Wilson, John Smith, and another John Brown, of Blackwood, in the parish of Lesmahagow, often met there for conversation and for prayer; but these three godly men were all shot in the spring of 1685 — one of those years then, and for long after, known as “the killing time.” This John Brown, of Blackwood, is often mistaken for his saintly namesake of Priesthill;— it was not Colonel Graham of Claverhouse, but a Lieutenant Murray who was his murderer, commanding him to be shot in the fields after he had received promise of quarter. For fear of such evil men he had to be buried under the cloud of night, and on the tombstone of the butchered saint these lines may still be seen —
“Murray might murder such as godly Brown,
But could not rob him of that glorious crown
He now enjoys. His credit, not his crime,
Was non-compliance with a wicked time.” (Todd, Homes, Haunts and Battlefields of the Covenanters, 10.)

Blackwood Martyrs Tomb

Brown’s Grave at Blackwood
Probably the most usual piece of evidence for Brown is his gravestone. For an image of it, see here.

According to the OS Name Book of the mid nineteenth century for the ‘Martyr’s Tomb’ at Blackwood:

‘This name is given to a stone erected on the spot where a Covenanter named John Brown is said to have been shot and buried. Within the same enclosure there is another tombstone erected over the remains of another individual not a “martyr” Date subsequent to 1688.’

The inscription on the stone is as follows:


Relettered [date obscure]

[On Reverse]

WITH A WICKED TIME’ (See also versions in Thomson, Martyr Graves, 280; Thomson (ed.), CW, 574.)

If anyone can offer a complete transcription of the relettering part of the inscription, I would be very grateful.

Brown’s gravestone is different from nearly all the other early martyrs’ headstones for three reasons.

First, it has an usual V-shaped top and inscribed frame. The stone has been relettered at a later date, probably in the early nineteenth century. It is probably the original stone. A stone with the same inscription was in situ before 1794 and from the style of the lettering, especially on the reverse, it probably dates to the early the eighteenth century. (CW, 351.)

Second, the inscription does not mention that he died for the Solemn League and Covenant or Scotland’s Covenanted Reformation.

Third, the inscription does not follow the text found in Shield’s A Short Memorial of 1690 as many others do, which may hint that Brown’s stone drew on local sources of information.

The absence of the key phrases about Covenanted Reformation and the failure to follow Shields’ text suggests that the stone may not have been erected by the continuing Society people who raised nearly all of the other headstones to the martyrs in the early eighteenth century. It may have been erected by local people, perhaps by Lawrie of Blackwood, or his heirs, whose house the stone lay beside.

All that survives of Blackwood Tower/House is the seventeenth-century dovecot, which has recently been renovated and turned into a house.

Street View of Blackwood Dovecot

The grave is located nearby.

Map of former site of Blackwood Tower/House

Street View of Dovecot and Grave

Image from A Hind Let Loose (1687)

New Perspectives on Brown’s Death
One intriguing aspect of the gravestone is that the inscription is the only source that offers any information about Brown, rather than his death: ‘HIS CREDIT, NOT HIS CRIME, WAS NON COMPLYANCE WITH A WICKED TIME’.

What does that mean? ‘Noncomplyance’ probably means that Brown did not take oaths or go to church. It is possible that the inscription simply invented the idea of Brown’s ‘noncomplyance’. However, the context of his summary execution 1685 would suggest that his ‘noncomplyance’ reflects a factual truth about Brown.

The idea that those who died in the Killing Times of 1685 were “innocent” victims of a repressive regime is firmly fixed in Presbyterian tradition. It is a pleasing story, but it deliberately obscures the reality of the Killing Times in which the vast majority of summary executions involved either fugitives, declared traitors, people who had committed acts of violence, or those who had specifically refused to swear the Abjuration oath that renounced the Societies’ ‘war’ against their oppressors.

In the context of late 1684 or early 1685, ‘noncomplyance’ refers to a range of possible crimes against the state, from nonconformity, i.e., refusing to attend church, to refusing the Abjuration oath.

By late 1684, the vast majority moderate presbyterians had conformed, even if they considered the church under episcopacy spiritually bankrupt. Those who continued in their nonconformity were at the militant end of the spectrum of Presbyterian views. Most of the people who held such views were Society people.

In the face of judicial repression from late 1684, it was very difficult for the remaining nonconformists to avoid moderate dissent, i.e., refusing to attend the local church, snowballing into the more serious form without coming before the courts and either complying by taking oaths, or going to prison. The only way to avoid taking oaths was to avoid attending courts and capture. By March, 1685, when Brown was shot, avoiding the courts meant that he would have become a fugitive for failing to take the Abjuration oath. We do not know whether Brown was one of the Society people who deliberately evaded taking the Abjuration, or a nonconformist who had evaded capture and as a result failed to take the Abjuration. However, when he was captured and brought to Blackwood, it is almost certain that he then would have faced taking the oath. Failure to take the oath in such circumstances, was often followed by summary execution. That may be why Brown was shot within ‘a few minutes’ of being brought to Blackwood.

Where was Brown from? The narrative sources do not tell us where Brown was from. As most fugitives hid close to their homes, he may have been from Lesmahagow parish or another parish close to the Lanarkshire/Ayrshire boundary.

It is possible that Brown had been proclaimed a fugitive prior to the Abjuration oath. The presbyterian sources frequently omit mentioning that many of those who were summarily executed in the Killing Times were fugitives.

There are six John Browns on the Fugitive Roll of 1684 who lived in the general area around Lesmahagow parish, but none of them are from the parish. One of them, in Moffathill/Meadowhead in New Monkland pariish probably lived too far from the area where Brown was found to be him. A second cannot be him, as he was John Brown in Priesthill, who was shot on 1 May, 1685.

The remaining four fugitives are more promising, as they resided close to Lesmahagow parish. A ‘John Brown, younger, shoemaker’ appears under Hamilton parish, ‘John Brown in Craeland’, i.e, Crawlaw, under Loudoun parish and a father and son of the same name in Castlehill in Kilmarnock parish also appear.

However, without any indication in the narrative sources as to where Brown was from, it is impossible to connect him to any of the fugitives.

Whether he was proclaimed a fugitive in 1684 or because he became a fugitive after failing to take the Abjuration oath when it was pressed in January or early February, 1685, he probably was a fugitive when he was captured by Lieutenant Murray and his party of troops in March.

It may be because Brown was a fugitive, that he was offered ‘quarters’. The use of the military term “quarters” by both Shields and Wodrow suggests that Brown may have been armed when he was captured. According to Wodrow, it was because he offered ‘no resistance’ at that moment that Murray and his party offered him quarter. We do not know what the terms of his quarter were. When offered it may have guaranteed his safety until he was delivered to the garrison. It could not exempt him from judicial process.

As both Shields and Wodrow state, after Brown was offered quarter, a decision was taken, apparently by Lieutenant Murray, to summarily execute him at Blackwood. We do not know either why, or under what circumstances, Murray changed his mind. According to Wodrow, it was within ‘a few minutes’ of arriving there. That may suggest that reaching Blackwood somehow altered the circumstances. The short time frame between his arrival at Blackwood and his summary execution may indicate that Brown was then proffered the Abjuration oath and that he refused it. Murray was legally empowered both to press the Abjuration in the field and conduct summary executions for those who refused it.

The timing of Brown’s capture and execution may be significant in the light of events in Lesmahagow parish. Both Shields and Wodrow date his killing to March, 1685. In the weeks before that two large-scale meetings of the Society people had taken place either in, or right next to, Lesmahagow parish.

On 12 February, troops under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Buchan and Cromwell Lockhart of Lee killed John Smith on his way to the Societies’ eighteenth convention at Auchengilloch. Smith was shot somewhere in the hills in Lesmahagow parish.

The eighteenth convention, which was held on the same day, was attended by eighty armed Society people. After having encountered the Society people on their way to the convention, there is little doubt that government forces would have conducted intensive search operations through the hills and throughout Lesmahagow parish in pursuit of the Society people.

The search may have been intensive in Lesmahagow parish, as according to later tradition Smith was from the parish.

At around the same time, James Renwick, who attended the convention, is said to have field preached on ‘Evandale Moor’, which presumably lay in the upland western end of Evandale parish which is close to Auchengilloch. Field preachings often took place before conventions.

Brown may, or may not, have been captured in the mopping up phase following those events.

Who was Lieutenant Murray?
Brown was executed on the orders of Lieutenant James Murray of His Majesty’s Regiment of Dragoons. Murray appears to have been based in the area, perhaps for some time.

In August, 1684, Murray had escorted the Campbell’s of Upper Welwood in Muirkirk parish to prison in Edinburgh.

Wedderburn’s troop were garrisoned in different areas. At least some of the troop under Cornet James Dundas were garrisoned at Blairquhan in Straiton parish in Carrick. Dundas executed Edward McKean in February, 1685 and John Semple.

Soon after the death of John Brown, Murray’s captain, John Wedderburn of Gosford, was promoted to the rank of major on 30 March, 1685.

In 1686, Murray operated with Lieutenant John Crichton before the killing of David Steel in Lesmahagow parish. Both Murray and Crichton were imprisoned in Edinburgh for their Jacobite sympathies in 1690.

What was the significance of Blackwood?
The house and estate of Blackwood had belonged to William Lawrie of Blackwood who was forfeited in January to February, 1683. Blackwood’s forfeiture for converse with Bothwell rebels caused considerable unease among the moderate-presbyterian gentry in the West.

Soon after the Revolution, William Lawrie was active in the formation of the Cameronian Regiment out of the Society people. (Shields, FCD, 390, 393, 403.)

He obtained a separate act rescinding his forfeiture in 1690. (RPS, 1690/4/147.)

Blackwood was first used as a temporary garrison, along with Covington Tower, until Strathaven Castle in Evandale parish was made ready. On 22 April, 1684, Captain William Cleland’s troop of dragoons, which had been quartered in the village of Strathaven in October, 1683, was moved into both Blackwood and Covington. On 22 July, Cleland’s troop was ordered into Ayrshire. (Wodrow, History, IV, 12.)

Orders for the reestablishment of a garrison at Blackwood were issued on 26 February, 1685, i.e., within a month of Brown’s execution. Lieutenant Murray’s dragoons presumably established themselves there soon after. (Wodrow, History, IV, 204.)

The farm of Rogerhill, which lies next to Blackwood, was the home of William Steel’s father.

James Nisbet’s John Brown
In his spiritual autobiography, James Nisbet listed the ten members of his family, or kin, who had died as a result of either the battle of Bothwell Bridge or in the repression which followed up to the end of 1685, when his father, John Nisbet of Hardhill was executed. Among those he named were John Brown, senior, and John Brown, junior. It is possible that the John Brown killed at Blackwood was, perhaps, the latter.

Looking again at the John Browns listed on the fugitive roll, two names spring out from the list: ‘John Brown, in Castlehill for reset’, who is listed in the main body of the roll, and ‘——— Brown, son to John Brown in Castlehill, in the said parish [of Kilmarnock]’ whose name was appended to the roll for Ayrshire. Castlehill lies relatively close to Hardhill and the Loudoun estate to which James Nisbet had very strong connections. However, also listed is ‘John Brown in Craeland’, which is probably Crawlaw, which lies directly on the opposite bank of the Polbaith Burn from Castlehill.

Hardhill lay on the west side of Newmilns.

Map of Castlehill/Crawlaw

It may be a long shot, but it is possible that among the three John Brown’s listed are Nisbet’s kin who were killed, one of whom perhaps, just perhaps, may have been the John Brown found in Lesmahagow parish and shot at Blackwood.

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The Lord’s Trumpet Sounding an Alarm Against Scotland by Warning of a Bloody Sword in 1682

•July 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Prophet Peden in Wood

Sermons are a neglected part of Scotland’s political history, but if you want to understand the Covenanters of the 1680s, there is no better place to start than with Alexander Peden’s two plain-speaking sermons preached in Glenluce parish in Wigtownshire in 1682. They are intensely political…

Peden addressed his sermons to those who had attended his preaching from Carrick in Ayrshire and Galloway in the first half of 1682. At that time, John Graham of Claverhouse was engaged in an intensive campaign to repress Presbyterian dissent in Galloway, which included Wigtownshire where Peden preached.

Peden urged his audience to follow the example of the Society people in Lanarkshire, who had demonstrated their rejection of the authority of the King, Privy Council and Parliament in the Lanark Declaration.

The sermons may have been preached before William Graham was shot.

The Lord’s Trumpet Sounding an Alarm Against Scotland by Warning of a Bloody Sword.

Being the substance of a preface and two prophetical sermons, preached at Glenluce, Anno 1682, by that great Scotsh prophet Mr. Alexander Pedene late minister of the gospel at Glenluce.


There are many of you gathered here this day. Ye have need to examine wherefore ye came here. It is long since it hath been our desire to God to have you taken off our hand, and now He is about to grant us our desire. There are four or five things that I have to tell you this day. And the 1st, Is this, A bloody sword, a bloody sword, a bloody sword for thee, O Scotland, that shall reach the most part of you to the heart. 2ndly, Many a mile shall they travel in thee, O Scotland, and see nothing but waste places. 3rdly, The fertilest places in thee, O Scotland, shall be as the mountain tops. 4thly, The woman with child in thee, O Scotland, shall be dashed in pieces. And 5thly, There hath been many a conventicle in thee, O Scotland, but ere long God shall have a conventicle in thee that shall make thee tremble. Many a sermon hath God bestowed upon thee, O Scotland, but ere long God’s judgments shall be as frequent as these precious meetings have been wherein He sent forth His faithful servants to give warning in His name of their hazard in apostatizing from God, and in breaking all these noble vows which He brought the land under unto Himself. God sent out a [John] Welch {d.1681}, a [John] Semple [d.1677], a [Richard] Cameron, and a [Donald] Cargill to preach to thee, O Scotland, but ere long God shall preach unto thee by a bloody sword; for God shall not let a sentence of these men’s words fall to the ground that He sent out, and commissioned to preach these things in His name – I say, God shall not let a sentence of these men’s words fall to the ground, but they shall have their due accomplishment ere it be long.

Sermon I.

Matthew xxi. 38. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir, come, let us kill Him, and let us seize on his inheritance, &c.

This that I have read unto you is Scotland’s sin. This day, if our king and nobles had our Lord Jesus Christ amongst them at Edinburgh, what would they do with Him? They would even give Him a gibbet, or worse, if they could devise it. For which He shall deal with them ere long, with our king, nobles, and a part of unfaithful ministers that He will take vengeance on ere long, as well as on prelates and malignants. All shall go together ere it be long.

Now, in the next place, there is fruit called for from these husbandmen. Ye will say, “What fruit is this?” Ye see it is fruit in season. This fruit is called for in thee, O Scotland, this day. This fruit, Sirs, is not such fruit as ye pay your rents with, as corn, hay, or the like, that your hearts love well. No, Sirs, it is fruit in season. I will tell you, Sirs, the duties that God would have taken off your hand thirty or forty years ago in Scotland, whether preaching, or praying, or any other spiritual duty, He will not take off your hand today in Scotland I say He will not take off your hand nor mine either, now when so much of the saints’ blood hath gone to seal these truths which we are all bound to own in Scotland, and in all these covenanted lands.

Now, O ye people of God in Scotland, there are some of you looking me in the face today. I appeal to your consciences whether this be true or not? Well, what fruit is this that is called for? Why, it is faith and repentance, love to God, and obedience to His revealed will, which many of you, yea, the most part of you, are as great strangers to as if ye had never heard the everlasting gospel preached unto you. Now, people of God, what are you doing when such dreadful wrath is at hand in Scotland this day? He is not worth his room in Scotland this day, that prays not the half of his time to see if he can prevent the dreadful wrath that is at the door coming on our poor motherland. O Sirs, ye must pray ploughing, harrowing, shearing, and at all your other labour, yea, when ye are eating and drinking, going out and coming in, and at all your other employments. For there was never more need of them than now. Oh, that noble life we must have of communion with God! O Sirs, it is He that makes heaven pleasant! It is communion with God that makes heaven. Will ye long to be there, O people of God!

Now, the words of the text declare that He would have fruit from you in this country-side, and from thee, O Glenluce. He sent thee first a crumb, and then He sent thee many a faithful turn of His servants while they were on the mountains. Now, He hath sent me unto thee this day to bid thee pay Him His fruit, and little has He gotten from thee, O Glenluce, for which He shall make many waste places in thee, O Scotland. But I will tell you what is for you, persecuted sufferers. Crowns, crowns of glory ye shall wear ere long, and a remnant of you shall be preserved in all these sad days that are coming on thee, O Britain and Ireland.

Now, Sirs, I have news to tell you. There are many of you had need go be making your testament, for some of you will not have long time to live in the world. Peace with God will be a good testament ere long, Sirs, for Scotland shall be drowned in blood. And then in that fearful day of wrath that is coming on these harlot apostate lands for treachery and covenant-breaking with God, the testimony of a good conscience will be a good feast when a bloody sword may be at your breast. Then peace with God will help to make a good testament in that day. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” [Heb. 12.14.] What kind of holiness is this, Sirs? I will tell you what it is. It is not such a measure of holiness as Abraham, Moses, David, or any of those great worthies had. No, poor folk, God will take less off your hand. It is holiness in design that is the thing that God will approve of from you. It is not the stock of grace that ye have received that will do your turn, but it is the thing ye have the expectation of and are longing for. Ye may want many things, but ye may not want holiness. Friends, ye may be blind, lame, dumb, poor, and contemptible in the world, and want many things, and yet come to heaven; but if ye want holiness, ye shall never come there. Therefore take heed of these things I entreat you in such a day as this.

Now, Sirs, there are many of you come here today out of different places; and ye are all come here, professing to be worshippers of the living God, and believing folk. But I am now to lay by five or six sorts of folk that are in reality but dead folk.

And 1. They are dead folk that are ignorant of the saving way and device of salvation through the covenant of redemption made betwixt the Father and the Son from all eternity. Ye are all dead folk that are such. Ye are all ignorant of the case of the work of God in Scotland; ye are all dead folk. And I had rather have one of yonder sufferers, that is bred at Christ’s school in and through Clydesdale, than have an hundred of you to join with me. For ye have no weight with God, no grace; ye are not scholars at Christ’s school, and therefore ye are but dead folk.

A 2. Sort of dead folk are ye who are fair blossoming professors, but inwardly ye are as whited tombs, and are as rotten as dead graves, and have nothing but a profession, and know not what the work of regeneration is. You are but dead folk, and we must here lay you by.

A 3. Sort of dead folk are you who are plunging in the world. Ye have no God but the world, and that bears most sway in your hearts. Ye are but dead folk, Sirs, and we must lay you by. If any would reprove you for your worldly-mindedness and excessive covetousness, “Oh,” say ye, “we must labour for our living. Would ye have us let our handy labour alone?” But, O worldly miser and fool that thou art, hath not Christ said, “Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and the righteousness thereof, and all other things shall be added unto you.” [Matt 6. 33.] O Sirs, will ye trust God and give Him credit? and He will help you at all your work. Friends, if you would own that covenant with Him, and make Him your own, I will tell you what He would do for you; He would plow your land, sow your corn, shear your corn, sell your corn, and bring home your money. I will tell you, friends, what He will do; He will even, as it were, rock the cradle, if it were necessary for you. He will condescend as low as ye desire Him, but ye must once close with Him, and that upon His own terms, and make a surrender of your hearts unto Him.

A 4. Sort, that we must lay by as dead folk, are your graceless and profane folk, both old and young. Ye abuse your time that ye should serve God in. Ye meet together, housefuls of you, dancing and leaping through one another, young men and young women of you, with your graceless wanton mirth, and your lusts burning strong within you; and ye think that ye have liberty to do this. Ye will be angry if we call you adulterers or fornicators. But God will account you such, and if ye get not repentance ye are really serving the devil in your lusts, in these sinful courses. O Sirs, is this a time for such a work when God is threatening to lay poor Scotland waste and desolate? Ye should rather be mourning and crying to God for shelter in such a dreadful storm, and sad days He is about to bring on these apostate, backsliding, covenant-breaking lands.

A 5. Sort of dead folk are you that have gone with the storm, and have still complied, and given your consent to the banishing Christ out of poor Scotland by your testing and bonding against Him. What are ye doing, Sirs? If He marvelously prevent it not, I fear black Popery ere it be long will come. The Pope is coming back to seek his pawn that he left in Scotland long ago, and ye are helping him well to it. I will tell you more of it, Sirs. If the Lord had not gotten three or four sacrifices of the blood of the saints in Scotland, we had all been bowing to stocks and stones this day, and to black idolatry. At Pentland [in 1666], Bothwell [in 1679], and Ayrsmoss [in 1680] the blood of the saints hath run in through and out through, giving a testimony against all the usurpations that have been made upon Christ’s crown in Scotland, a circumstance which speaks good news to us this day and to the posterity following. The generations that are yet to arise shall partake of the benefits of the poor suffering remnant in Scotland.

Now old folk What are ye doing? I fear the storm will lay you by. And ye young folk—What are ye doing? Will ye venture life and fortune to close with Christ, young men and young women in Scotland? And I will tell you news of it, as to the young men and women who have followed Him in Scotland in the stormy blast, and have laid down their lives for Him. Your eyes shall see them on thrones, and crowns on their heads, and clothed with robes of glory, having harps and palms in their hands. And ye that are young folk in this country-side, if He call you to it, if ye will venture to follow Him in this storm and abide by His back, and stick by His persecuted truths in Scotland this day, He shall set you on thrones, and ye shall give in your judgment and sentence with Him, when He shall judge the bloody king, bloody council and parliament, and the bloody Duke of York, and our profane wicked nobles and gentlemen, and graceless ministers in Scotland, who are all dyed with the blood of the saints. Oh, my heart trembles within me to think what is coming on the backsliding and soul-murdering ministers of Scotland! The children of the saints that shall outlive the captivity, in the days that are coming, shall be ready to meet such ministers, and stone them. “Thou shalt not live, for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord.” [Zech. 13. 3.] Therefore take heed what ye are doing, for there are as sad days coming as ever were in these lands, namely in thee, apostate Scotland, for thy perjury and apostacy. We have all cause to be afraid that God is about to transmit His vineyard to another nation, to better husbandmen who will give Him His fruit better than we in Scotland have done.

Now, ye that are the people of God, I know ye will think this hard news; but yet I have this to tell you, that although we have provoked Him to remove His candlestick to another land, and He is threatening to do so for a while, yet though there be wrath in His face there is love in His heart, and He will return to thee, O Scotland; and there shall be as glorious days in thee, O Scotland, as ever was in the world, in spite of all the adversaries, both king, council, and parliament, and profane malignants and prelates yea, and all the defections of the people of God shall not keep Him away from making a visit to His poor persecuted friends in Scotland.

A 6. Sort of dead folk are you that want heart-holiness. Although ye have a profession, yet ye are but light, wanton professors, unconcerned about the case of the time. I fear the devil is in possession of many of you, boiling in your hearts’ lusts and idols. Well, Sirs, all the ministers in the world cannot help you in this case. It must be Christ Himself that must do it, as He did to Mary Magdalene. For the devil is as really in many of you as he was in her. But I fear Christ hath quitted many of you, and given you your farewell clap upon your heart, that He is likely to reprove you no more until He make His fury rest upon you.

But, however, I have this to say, and remember that I have said it: Ye that want heart holiness, the devil and you shall come alike soon to heaven. If God be in heaven, ye shall find this true that I have said unto you. But I know not what I have to do amongst you this day, for I can do no good amongst you. It seems the gospel is a sealed book to the most part of professors in these lands, and in this generation. Ye were all perjured, in the beginning, with complying with Prelacy and hearing those cursed curates, after ye had covenanted with God and sworn and engaged yourselves in that covenanted work of reformation. As long as ye mourn not for that sin, as much as for adultery, whoredom, murder, stealing, &c., the gospel will never do you any good. I charge you to believe this, and ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to tell you these things in that day when God shall summon you before His tribunal; and I leave these things upon you.

But as for you, the sufferers in Scotland that God hath made choice of to give testimony for Him, the poor young men and women that have suffered for Him, and that He hath taken out to scaffolds, your condition is, “A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” [Rev. 12. 1.] The sufferers in Scotland have got the world under their feet this day. If He charges any of you in this country-side to go out and suffer for Him, deny Him not. He hath taken few out of Carrick or Galloway yet; [Only two Galloway men, Andrew Sword (d.1679) and John Malcolm (d.1680), had be executed.] but we know not what He will do. Now, people of God, wait on patiently, and make conscience of dealing with Him, for I have news to tell you. He will stretch out His hand on all the malignants ere long. Yea, He will cut off the remnant of them out of Scotland ere long, although they have said, as in the words of our text, “This is the heir: come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.” [Matt. 21.38.] And if they had our Lord in Scotland this day they would certainly do so with Him. But I will tell you, God will cut off the posterity of them that are the greatest enemies to our Lord, and their children shall wander begging their bread, being destitute, not having anything to cover their nakedness. And this shall be their punishment: our Lord shall not only overthrow them for the wrongs they have done Him; but He shall set a mark of displeasure upon their posterity, and generations to come shall hate them. But for you, the poor, broken-hearted followers of Christ to whom He hath given grace to follow Him in the storm, I tell you grace is young glory. At your first conversion our Lord gives you the one end of the line, but He keeps the other end in glory with Himself. But, Sirs, He will have you all there at length.

And now, I charge you not to meddle with any of these bonds or tests, for they will wrong you. It is the mark of the beast. The Scripture saith, “That they that worship the beast, and receive his mark in their foreheads, or in their right hand, must have their portion in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone.” [Rev. 14. 9-10.] And now I charge you to take counsel of neither minister nor professor, noblemen nor gentlemen, for they will counsel you all the wrong way. The blood of many a soul in Scotland will be charged upon them. For now our cursed nobles and gentry, yea, many ministers and professors, are come that length in apostasy that they will scare at nothing; they are all given up of God. Know what is said: “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse.” [2.Tim. 3.13.] While they are going on in their apostasy from and against God, the martyrs are going off the scaffolds singing, rejoicing, and praising God, going to glory, leaving a testimony against all their wicked steps of defection by shedding their innocent blood, and leaving these lands in a sad case this day. Now, when wrath is so near, I pray you, take notice what ye are doing; for, ere it be long, Britain and Ireland shall be overthrown with judgment, and drenched in blood, and we shall be gathered together like a flock of sheep on a hillside in a stormy night, and shall be overthrown with the wrath of God that shall overthrow these lands for the dreadful wrongs Christ has gotten among us. And now I give you faithful warning. If ye perish, your blood shall be upon your own head, I assure you. Ye shall be made an Aceldama, a field of blood [Acts 1. 19.]; and then two storms shall be upon you at one and the same time:—1. The wrath of God to cut you off. 2. An awakened conscience within you, and a bloody sword to take away your life. I trow, these shall be sore to abide. And now, O backsliding professors of Scotland, take heed how you have your graces in exercise. Look that ye fail not of the grace of God in this sad day, and remember that a stock of grace will not do your turn. I trow, few of you have that itself, therefore, take heed what ye are doing. For it is no small measure of wrath that is upon poor Scotland at this day, and all these lands. I will tell you, Sirs, ye had need to take heed to your doings in such an hour of temptation, when so many professors are going along with the storm; for there is nothing but divine immediate support out of heaven will hold you up in a stormy blast. A Christian that hath been a standing Christian these forty years, in an hour’s time of a fiery trial, may be laid on his back and made to deny Christ. And this may make us all tremble, and be humbled before the Lord. God save you from a sudden surprising temptation of which there are many in our day in Scotland. But to the poor broken-hearted believer that resolves in His name, and by His strength, to stand through the storm, I have news to tell you. Christ is as much bound to hold you up, so to speak, as ye are bound to suffer for Him, when ye are called unto it. All those who have given a testimony for Christ these one-and-twenty years are a large proof of it. All of them, young and old, have been wonderfully held up to the admiration of all on-lookers and themselves; yea, unto the conviction of some of the persecutors themselves. All of them shall be witness against you who have flinched from the truth, or shall flinch from it, and these shall be an eternal standing witness against you. Yea, I will tell you, that are more wicked and unconcerned persons, there is not a drop of the saints’ blood which hath been shed in Scotland in these sad days of Zion’s trouble, persecution and calamity, but it shall be required of your hand. Ye are the murderers of the saints. I trow, there are many such in Scotland at this day, both men and women, and rotten and unconcerned ministers and professors, that God will sweep away in His anger, as well as a profane wicked king, wicked nobles, profane court folk, Church-men, and profane wicked prelates, and all their underlings. God shall make a fair riddance of them. May the Lord hasten it in His own due time!

But I will tell you, Sirs, the Lord’s return unto this land will be very terrible. The godly shall fall amongst the wicked, for our perjury and false dealing with Him in His covenant. Therefore, make ready for it, for I will give you fair warning this day. I pray you, take the alarm. I leave this upon you, old folk that are going over the brae and precipice dropping into eternity, and know not where ye will take up your eternal lodging—oh, dreadful!—what will become of you, dying and unreconciled with God. Remember these forecited words, “Without holiness none shall see the Lord.” [Heb. 12.14.]

But yet, poor broken-hearted believers, as I said unto you before, it is not such a measure of holiness as that of Enoch, of Abraham, of Moses, of David, or any of these worthies that God seeks from you. It is holiness in design, and to close with the device of salvation in the gospel. And now take heed that you double your diligence, and fail not of the grace of God in this hour of darkness that is come, and is further to come upon Scotland! For it is a very sad and dreadful foretoken from God, that at this juncture of time He hath blown out almost all the lights in Scotland. Now I leave it on you to mind the prisoners in Scotland this day in all the prisons of Scotland, as ye will answer in the great day for it, and take a hearty lift with them in the time of their distress.

And now ye young folk, I leave it on you to make conscience of closing with Him. Say ye, “We are but young, and have time enough to repent.” But I will tell you, the Lord needs no other rod to chastise you with, but to let you live thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years in the world, and then if ye remain ignorant, He will cast you into hell. Therefore take heed unto yourselves. And now, Sirs, the Lord hastens to come, and He hath been crying unto you in these lands, and mainly to thee, up-sitten Scotland, to watch with Him one hour, in His suffering and temptations, but ye have not done it, for which thou, O Scotland, shalt be made the butt of His wrath ere all be done; but the two other lukewarm indifferent lands shall not escape, but shall drink off the dregs of the cup of His anger. But indeed the blood of the persecuted remnant, that hath been shed for a testimony against defection, speaks best to thee, O Scotland. A remnant of these shall escape, and shall be monuments of His mercy, in all the floods of His wrath that is coming on these lands—yea, a remnant in the other two lukewarm lands, that have been sympathizing with His broken work, shall escape; but I fear that the number shall be few.

And now, Sirs, I leave these things upon you. And I have this sad word further to tell you: that to a faithful minister about thirty years ago a whole congregation was not so weighty as one professor is at this day. I fear the Lord hath said, “Pray not for this people, and those that are for the sword to the sword, and those that are for famine to the famine.” [Jer. 15.2.] And God shall be avenged on these apostate lands, and particularly on thee, harlot Scotland. From the king to the beggar none shall escape; and therefore, O people of God, “enter into your chambers,” [Isa. 26.20.] for I fear there shall be no shelter ere it be long. I will tell you more, Sirs. I fear, ere the storm be over, the day is coming on these lands that a bloody scaffold will be thought a good shelter; therefore ye who are the people of God believe these things, and lay them to heart, for ye shall meet with them ere all be done. And now, people of God, I have this to tell you likewise: ye should all mourn for this, that the enemies of God in Scotland had never got us broken as they have done, if they had not ploughed with our heifer. They have broken the Church of God in Scotland, and destroyed us all by this sinful and idolatrous indulgence [of 1669, 1672 and 1679]. But I tell you that for all the craft that they have learned from their master, the devil, to draw so many ministers and professors after them for a sinful shelter, God shall sweep them away in a deluge of His wrath that is at the door; it shall sweep away both friends and foes. And I tell you our Lord shall break them by yoking their own plough—for well can He do it—in Scotland ere long. He will break and ruin them so utterly that the remnant of Baal shall be hateful to be named yet in Scotland or in any of these lands—I mean, idolatries, and all Romish wares be swept away with the blood of the saints that hath been shed and is to be shed in Scotland, and in these covenanted lands, ere the storm go over, and before the Lord have done with us, and namely in thee, apostate Scotland.

But yet glorious shall be the days that shall be in thee, O Scotland, in despite of devils and wicked men—yea, in spite of all the defections and backslidings of the backslidden people of God. They shall not be able to hinder it when the Lord shall return. And, therefore, people of God, I charge you to believe it, for it will help you to hold up your fainting hearts in this sad storm that ye have to go through.

And now, Sirs, I know it is neither right nor lawful for any minister or Christian in Scotland to join with others in taking houses to preach in, and to leave the fields. It were better for us all, Sirs, to go to the field in frost and snow to the knees, until we were wet to the skin, ere we bow to king, council, or one of them; for I know that the Lord will never bless the labours of one of them that have their liberty from them, whether minister or professor, but such ministers and professors shall be blasted, and their labours blasted and fruitless, and if their souls be not in hazard I am mistaken—this being the main point of our testimony, that Christ is Head of the Church and King in Zion, and this they deny on the matter. And if this be not sad and dangerous, judge ye, namely, to consent to let Christ’s crown go upon the head of any king in the world. And this is the sin that shall yet ruin these three lands. No rank shall escape from the king to the beggar. Ministers and professors and all shall go with the judgment, for all have sinned. The most part have joined with sinful courses to shun suffering; but the Lord shall take these things and make them instruments and means to bring sad suffering on us, and then we shall suffer with an evil conscience in the midst of the storm that is coming on—a storm, I fear, that shall be sadder than what I can speak of, or you think of at this time.

And, therefore, in the name of the Lord I charge you to lay these things to heart, and mourn all of you before the Lord for the grievous sins of all ranks, from the highest to the lowest, and labour to have a suitable impression of them upon your hearts before the Lord, for God will have many a sad question to lay home to your conscience that ye shall not be able to answer. For my part, I think happy are they who have their eyes closed and shall not see the evil that is coming on these nations. The Bible, the word of God, can scarcely give a parallel; nor can the generation before, nor at this day, give a parallel of our sins; and therefore lay these things to heart. The churches abroad are hissing at us this day, and therefore I leave these things upon you. The Lord bless them unto you; for I fear we shall all have to do with it before the storm go over that we shall certainly meet with in these lands.

Let us pray.

Sermon II.

Luke xxiv. 21. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel, &c.

Where is the Church of God in Scotland at this day? It is not amongst the great clergy. I will tell you where the Church of God is. It is wherever a praying young man or young woman is at a dyke-side in Scotland—there the Church is. A praying party will ruin them yet, Sirs. A praying party shall go through the storm. But many of you in this country-side know not these things. The weight of the broken Church of God in Scotland never troubles you. The loss of a cow, or two or three of your beasts, or an ill market day, goes nearer your hearts than all the troubles of the Church of God in Scotland. Well, then, thou poor creature that will resolve to follow Him, pray fast; for if there were but one of you, He will be the second; if there were but two of you, He will be the third. Ye need not fear that ye shall want company—our Lord will be your company Himself. He will be as condescending to you as ye please, yea, He will be so to you that resolve to follow Him in this stormy blast that is blowing upon His poor Church in Scotland at this day.

But there are some of you that are come here today, who, the next day, when ye cannot get a meeting of this kind, will run away to your hirelings again. Take heed, Sirs. Do not mock God. These indulged ministers will lead you away from Christ as well as the curate. Oh, the busy days’ labours the devil is getting from many of the ministers in Scotland in our days! About thirty-six years ago, our Lord had a numerous train of ministers and professors in Scotland, but one blast blew six hundred of our ministers from Him at once, and they never returned back unto Him again. Yea, many lords, lairds, and ladies followed Him then, but the wind of the storm blew the ladies’ gallantries in their eyes and ears both, and put them both deaf and blind, and they never saw to follow Christ since, nor to hear His pleasant voice. The lords, lairds, and ladies were all blown over the precipice. Alas, for the apostasy of nobles, gentlemen, ministers, and professors in Scotland! Scotland shall run in streams of blood; yea, many of the saints’ blood shall be shed in it ere long. But yet the blood of the saints shall be the seed of a glorious Church in Scotland. O Sirs, what are ye doing in this countryside? Christ’s followers in and through Clydesdale yonder have ventured sair for God, and have given a testimony. They burnt the test and the acts of the cursed parliament [at the Lanark Declaration of January, 1682]. There was a poor widow in that country-side, as I came through, that was worth many of you. She was asked how she did in this evil time? “I do very well,” says she; “I get more good of one verse of the Bible now than I did of it lang syne. He hath cast me the keys of the pantry-door, and bidden me take my fill.” Was not that a Christian, indeed? O Sirs, I would have ye take heed what ye are doing, when the blood of the saints is running so plentifully.

Now, the observation I would have you take home with you is this. O people of God, it is still the man or woman that God hath done saving good to that will follow Him in a storm. Ye know this Mary Magdalene, that is spoken of in this chapter, was one out of whom He had cast a legion of devils in a morning, and I trow she never forgat that good turn till she arrived in glory. Think ye not but it was a sore heart to her that morning when she missed Him and got an empty grave! Oh, what would ye have thought to have seen this poor woman running through the bands of soldiers? But that was not the thing that troubled her—neither the Roman guard that was about the grave, nor the heavy stone that was upon its mouth, nor the charges under the pain of death that they should not touch the grave. No, no, Sirs, love to God goes beyond all that. He was her Lord and she could not think to want Him. The note that I would have you take home with you is this: If ye have gotten good of Jesus Christ, then ye would go through hell at the nearest to be at Him. They that have suffered for Christ in Scotland know this best today. They got a stormy rough sea indeed, but a choice and pleasant shore, and the Captain of their salvation there to welcome them heartily home. O Sirs, Christ had a number of noble worthies in Scotland not long ago, that set the trumpet to their mouth and gave fair warning in His name. He had a [John] Welch [d.1681], a [John] Welwood [d.1679], a [Richard] Cameron [d.1680], and a [Donald] Cargill [d.1681]—a noble party of them proclaiming His name in Scotland. If ye could be admitted to see and speak with them, they would tell you that it is nothing to suffer for Christ. They are now all shining so brightly in glory that they would frighten you were you to behold them, with these white robes and glorious crowns on their heads and palms in their hands. Follow fast, if He call you to suffer in His name. But what shall I say? The most part of you know nothing of this. Ye that are lying in black nature could not think to abide in heaven though ye were in it. No, ye would give a thousand worlds, if ye had them, to be out of it again.

Well, I’ll tell you news: Happy are they who have got cleanly through the storm since the year fifty. Happy are they that have got through at Pentland, Bothwell, and Ayrsmoss. Happy are they that have died on scaffolds, gibbets, or on the seas. Oh, the blood of the saints will be the seed of the Church in after ages in Scotland! And I’ll tell you more: Take heed what thoughts ye have of the sufferers. Look that ye have not the thoughts that they suffered wrong. Entertain not jealous or hard thoughts of the people of God, or of their case in their hard suffering. For their part they have got through the storm, and have passed through Jordan at the ebb-water, and are got well over; but, ye ministers and professors in Scotland, that are yet to go through the storm, as well as the profane party, ye shall get a stormy sea, and find Jordan’s water increasing and hard to be got through.

But to come to the words, I trow, our Lord was glad, so to speak, to hear this discourse betwixt these two men—His disciples. Many ask the way that they know full well. Think not that our Lord was ignorant of this discourse before He came to them; no, but He asks to try their zeal. I trow, unbelief was very strong in them, as it is in many professors in Scotland at this day. We thought, said they, “that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel.” [Luke 24.21.] I trow many in Scotland are beginning to question the work of reformation, and the covenant which we swore with uplifted hands, whether it was the work of God, yea or not. And the next thing ye will question is, whether or not the work of God be real in your own bosom. Take heed to your atheism, people of God. Your atheism and unbelief will do you an ill turn. They will put you to question the work of God in your own hearts, and that questioning will not be good company in a storm that ye are likely to meet with ere long in these lands. Well, Sirs, there is many a plough going this day in our Lord’s acres in Scotland; but ere long He will loose some of them, and cut their cords and lay them by a while. “The Lord is righteous; he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.” [Pss. 129.4.]

Now, what is it that has carried through the sufferers for Christ these twenty-two years in Scotland? “It is the fellowship of his sufferings.” [Phil. 3.10.] It is the filling up of Christ’s sufferings in Scotland according to the ancient decree of heaven. For my part I seek no more, if He bids me go. He bade many, from 1660 to the year of the Pentland engagement [in 1666], go forth to scaffolds and gibbets for Him, and they sought no more but His commission. They went, and He carried them well through. Then in 1666, at Pentland, He bade so many go to the fields and die for Him, and so many to scaffolds and lay down their lives for Him. They sought no more but His commission. They went, and He carried them well through. Again, 1679, at Bothwell, He bade many go to the fields and scaffolds and die for Him. They sought no more but His commission and went. And afterwards, in the year 1680, at Ayrsmoss, He bade so many go to the fields and scaffolds for Him. They sought no more but His commission and went. This cup of suffering hath come all the way down from Abel to this year, 1682, in Scotland. Our Lord hath held this cup to all the martyrs’ heads, wherever He had a Church in the world, and it will go to all the lips of all the martyrs that are to suffer for Christ, even to the sounding of the last trumpet. But yet, people of God, it is but the brim that the saints taste of. But be ye patient in believing, for God shall make the wicked, His enemies and your persecutors in Scotland, wring out the bitter dregs of this cup to all eternity, and “to spue, and fall, and rise no more.” [Jer. 25.27.] Believe it, our Master will set up this cup, and close it, and swallow up time in eternity, and blow that great trumpet, and then heaven and earth shall all go into a red flame at once. O believers, long for that noble day; for it will put an end to all your sad and suffering days. I remember a passage of a great Emperor’s life, when he went over seas to battle and saw the numerous multitudes of his enemies, their number being far superior unto his, he said to his General, “What shall we do? for their number is far greater than ours.” The General answered, “We will fight under our enemies’ colours, and vanquish them;” and so they did. So let the noble witnesses in Scotland that suffer for Christ fight valiantly and courageously under their persecutors’ shadow, and so they shall vanquish them. Indeed our noble Captain of salvation, Jesus Christ, hath vanquished these bloody persecutors in Scotland these twenty-two years, more by the patient sufferings of the saints, and hath overcome and triumphed more gloriously over them, than if He had threshed them all down in a moment; yea, the patient suffering of the saints with their blood running declares His glory much abroad in the world, and especially in these lands. I remember as I came through the country, that there was a poor widow, whose husband fell at Bothwell. The bloody soldiers came to plunder her house, telling her they would take all she had: “We will leave thee nothing,” said they, “either to put in thee, nor on thee.” “I care not,” said she, “I will not want as long as God is in the heavens.” That was a believer indeed.

Now, for this Mary Magdalene that we spoke of before, what was she before Christ and she met? For as well as He loved her, we read in history that before Christ and she met, she was mistress to the captain of the castle at Jerusalem.

Now the note (doctrinally) that we would have you to observe is this, that for as bad as this woman was, ye may see that Christ sets His love on her, and would not want her. Now, ye see, she follows Him in a great storm. I would have you take this home with you; that free grace is no brooker of persons. Christ will not cast away the worst of you that are the saints, and that will follow Him in a storm. He hath done you as good a turn as He did to Mary Magdalene. Although ye have not been as really possessed of the devil as she was, yet ye have had some domineering idol, and grievous lust, that hath arisen within you, that hath sadly oppressed you, that He hath helped you to cast out and subdue.

But what think ye now of our great folk in Scotland at this time—our lords, lairds, and ladies? The storm soon beat them from Christ’s back. I’ll tell you what our great folk in Scotland are like. They are like so many ladies going to sea in a boat in a calm day for their pleasure, and as long as the sea is calm, and they see the land, and are in no fear of hazard, they bid the boatman row out; but whenever the wind begins to blow a little, and the wave begins a little to swell and rise, and they begin to lose sight of the land, then they cry out, “Make haste in to the shore again.” So our great folk, both nobles, gentlemen, ministers, professors, and all ranks in Scotland, all followed our Lord at His back when the wind was fair; but whenever the storm began to blow in His face, all for the most part quitted His back, and made in for the next shore again. But persecuted people of God, if ye will but wait on a while patiently, God will be even with all these blades ere long. There are few Uriahs now in our days. Worthy Uriah would not sleep in his bed when the ark and people of God were in the open field. There are few so now in our days, and so will be seen of it ere all be done. I’ll tell you, ease is never good for the Church and people of God, for they thrive still best under the saddest persecution. It hath been the experience of the Church and people of God in all ages. Worthy David did a bad turn one morning with his ease. It had been better for him that he had been in the fields all night. He not only committed adultery and murder that morning, but thought to have fathered his ill-begotten child upon worthy Uriah. One ill turn makes still way for another. And so it is with our great clergy folk this day, vile apostates as they are. I warrant it is the way of many of the great clergy folk, for all the evil turns that they do, they father them all upon the Bible, and make it still their warrant. The clergy and council do this, even when they condemn the saints of God and take their lives for owning the cause and covenants of Jesus Christ, and for owning the kingly government in Scotland, which these miserable apostates have taken from Him, and are consenting that it should be taken from Him in this day in these lands. I say, they will cast up the Bible in so doing, and say they have their warrant from it—both council, prelate, and indulged do so—but they deceive themselves, and mock the Lord in so doing, for which He shall be avenged on them ere long. But I’ll tell you, Sirs, how they do with the Bible, even as a ship carpenter does with the great planks when they build a ship. They put them into the fire, and bow them to the use they intend them for. But do ye not so. But let the Bible stand registered as God hath placed it, and for your warrant see the last chapter of Revelation at the close:—“He that addeth, or diminisheth.” See what sentence the Spirit of God puts upon them. Oh that sad defection which the want of the right observation of these things hath occasioned in Scotland, since the sad storm began to blow upon the poor Church! Oh, the many vile hypocrites the Church of Scotland hath brought forth! They are vile bastards. They are now tearing their mother’s flesh with their teeth and hands; and is not that unnatural-like? I trow, if any of us had our mother lying a-dying, it were unkind for us to run away and leave her. Were it not more kindly for us to stay and hold up her head when a-dying? But indeed our ministers and professors have not done so in Scotland. They have fled and left their dying mother. They have fled to other places for shelter, fled in under the indulgence, and fled unto other nations on a pretence to preach the Gospel. But the truth is, I am afraid that it be said by God at length, that it was for the back and belly that many of them hath done so, and to shun suffering for Christ; for which many of them shall smart ere all be done. There was work enough at home. They should have stayed at home with their dying mother. O secure England and Ireland! your day of vengeance hastens fast from the Lord.

Well, you that are the sufferers for Christ in Scotland, look what worthy David says. David had as much in the world of ease, honour, pleasure, yea, as any of them hath; and the Lord says, “I took you from keeping the ewes with young; I gave you pleasures, a throne, and a kingdom, and dominion, and what would ye have more?” “It is true,” says David, “I have received all that. But all that is not my portion. I would not give a goat horn for it all in comparison of that noble satisfaction I shall have in the morning of the resurrection. ‘I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness.’” [Psalms 17.15.]

Come then, sufferers for Christ, ye shall have a beautiful encouragement in spite of them all. Cheer up your hearts with the faith of these things. The poor, believing, persecuted Church of Christ in Scotland is now a sick patient under Christ’s hand. But blessed shall they be that shall be privileged to be sharers of the blessed reformation, that glorious reformation of the man-child which this sick travailing woman shall bring forth! Oh, we long to see these glorious days that shall be yet in thee, O Scotland! Once Scotland sent out her glory unto all the lands round about her; now she sits as a widow, and few to take her by the hand, but yet her husband will not forsake her, but will return again to Scotland; and He shall yet send out her glory unto all the lands round about, and that more gloriously than formerly it was.

But now, the next note that I would have you take home with you is this: a poor believer never gets a more beautiful blink of Jesus Christ, than when the cross lies heaviest between his shoulders; for suffering is the ready way to glory, and this is the experience of all the cloud of witnesses that have suffered for Christ, as they can testify. Therefore faint not in the way for all that bloody adversaries can do unto you.

And now, people of God in Scotland, there is another thing that I have to tell you, and it is this: I would have you to get preservatives, for ye walk in a pestilential air, and ye are nearer hazard than ye are aware of. If any of you were going through a city, where the plague were raging hotly, you would seek for something to put in your mouth and nose as a preservative to keep you from being infected with the contagion. So there will be need of this in Scotland, ere long. I know ye count me but a fool for saying these things, but I must tell you, in the name of the Lord who sent me unto you this day to tell you these things, that ere it be very long the living shall not be able to bury the dead in thee, O Scotland, and many a mile shall ye walk, or ride, and shall not see a farm house, but ruinous wastes for the quarrel of a broken covenant, and wrongs done to the Son of God in thee, O Scotland. The testimony of a good conscience will be a good feast in that day.

But now, people of God, the preservative I would have you get against that evil day is, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” [2Pet. 3.18.] And I trow, that will be a noble preservative. Now, people of God in Scotland, I have news to tell you; but it is only unto you that are the godly. If once He love you, He will never change you. But, wicked folk, break not your necks upon this. However, you that are the people of God, be not too forward on suffering, except ye be sure He call you to it. Says Peter, “Master, I will die for thee.” Here Peter was too forward. “Stay,” says Christ, “till once I bid thee.” And I trow, Peter got the breadth of his back, so to speak, to learn him more wit in time to come.

Now the thing that I would have you here observe, is this: that nothing less than a fall will humble a presumptuous professor. Therefore be humble, all of you, before the Lord. The apostle says, “Beware, take heed,” &c. So, I say, Beware, take heed. There are many little sloops going through Scotland. Take heed, people of God, that ye go not aboard them, for they will sink you. There are likewise many cross winds to blow you from Christ’s shore; but if ye would wait patiently, persecuted people of God, the Lord is about to let loose a northern blast on these blades that will raise them off their creeks, and loose their plough that is ploughing deep in our Lord’s acres in Scotland.

Now, these ministers that are fallen silent at this sinful blast of the sinful commands of these sinful magistrates, tell them, people of God, that they have consented fully to take Christ’s crown from off His head, and set it upon the head of a profane man. Put them to it, either to own their ministry or renounce it, now when it is come to this push in Scotland. And now, Sirs, if any of you would abide by Jesus Christ in this storm, try how ye have covenanted with Him, and how ye have closed the bargain with Him, and upon what terms. But I trow there are many of you in this age that are like young wanton folk that run fast together and marry, but never take any account how they will keep house, but presently go to poverty and beggary. I trow, it falls out so with many of you that are professors in this generation. Ye take up your religion ye wot not how, and ye cannot give an account how ye came by it. I will tell you, Sirs, ye will abide no longer by Christ than till a storm blow, and then ye will quit Him, and deny His cause. Ye have need to take heed to this for it will ruin your souls in the end of the day.

But I shall tell you, Sirs, the right way of covenanting with God. It is when Christ and the believer meets. Our Lord gives him His laws, statutes, and commands; and He charges him not to quit a hoof of them; no, though he should be torn into a thousand pieces; and the right Covenanter says, “Amen.” But many of you, people of God, like fools, would have your stock in your hand. But if ye held it, ye would soon squander it away, as our old father Adam did. Adam got the stock in his own hand, but he soon played it off. In a morning at two or three throws of the game, he lost all his posterity. But now our blessed second Adam hath our stock a-guiding, and He manages it better. He will give you but as ye need it, people of God, in fourpences, sixpences, and shillings; but if He bring any of you to a gibbet for Him, He will give you, as it were, dollars in your hands. Ye shall not need to fear. He will bear your charges to the full.

Now, ye in this country-side, ye will be all charged ere long to go and hear these cursed curates; and when ye are charged to go there, look into Gal. v. 19, 20. [‘Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,] I say, look well to that Scripture, and think with yourselves, poor men and women of this countryside, that such a fool as I told you that going to hear those profane hirelings would take you to hell as soon as idolatry, adulteries, witchcraft, or any of these sins which are named in that place I have cited unto you. But now, persecuted people, scare not at the cross, for it is the way to the crown. Trouble and suffering have always been the lot of the saints, and began as soon as grace did. Abel first got the cross, and many have followed him since, and have obtained the crown.

And now, people of God, what are ye doing? The Pope and Papists at Rome are rejoicing and burning bonfires. They are rejoicing that Britain and Ireland are coming home again to their ancient Mother-Church, as they call themselves. What are ye doing, O people of God? Oh, for such a party as Esther and her maidens. [See Esther 4.16 onwards] That was a bloody decree, too, as there are many now in Scotland. Now people of God, beware of dipping with the wicked; for if ye do, it will be hard for you to retract again; for these cursed time-serving clergymen when once they join with the enemies, and run into defection with them, they are taught by the devil so many cursed shifts to defend their knavery, that conviction hardly can reach them, and so they go down, and many of them will go down to the pit in this age. Now, people of God in Scotland, what are ye doing? Oh, pray fast! but I will tell you, though ye pray none, yet the Church of Christ in Scotland shall be delivered. The groaning of the saints, the sighing of the prisoners, the innocent blood of His people, the cries of many widows and fatherless in Scotland will put Christ upon arising. The trampling of His glory, and the rending off His crown violently from His head will put Him upon arising. Oh, that there were a praying party now to wrestle with Him, and that old and young would deal with Him to arise! Oh, that He would give us such a proof of His love to us as He gave to His people in Egypt! Ye know He singled out Moses to send down to Egypt to deliver His Church. Moses had no will to go. No, says Moses, “I am not eloquent.” [Exod. 4.10.] Saith the Lord, “Go tell them, I AM hath sent me unto you.” “Well,” says Moses, “that will not do the turn: They will not believe me.” [Exod. 4.1.] Says the Lord to him again, “Tell them that by the name of God Almighty I appeared unto their fathers; but by my name JEHOVAH I was not made known to them.” [Exod. 6.3.] “That is a new name I have given you of Myself; and as I have given you that new name, which I never gave to any before, so tell my people in Egypt, that before they be delivered, I will do that which I never did since the creation of the world.” Now, the word “Jehovah” in the original denotes both God’s eternal being in Himself, and His giving all other things a being, and His giving a being to His own promise and threatenings: i.e., “I am what I am, and will be what I will be.” But I know some of you have heavy thoughts here, doubting if this can be applicable to Scotland’s case this day. Yea, Sirs, as the Lord lives, ere He have not Scotland delivered, He will work a miracle that He wrought not before, whoever lives to see it.

Now, Sirs, would ye know if ye be right sympathizers with the broken work of God in Scotland? Ye must try if it be your heavy thoughts when ye lie down, and when ye arise, and all the day long as ye go out and come in; if it be so, it is a good mark. Ye know, when Nehemiah was with the captives at Babylon, in twos and threes with sad and very heavy hearts for the desolations of the Church of God, this honest man got a grip of one or two of them in a morning, and when they told him of the desolation of Jerusalem, and of the places where their fathers praised God, and how the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the gates thereof burnt with fire, and the remnant of the Lord’s people in reproach and contempt and affliction, it put his pleasure far from him, and both meat and drink for a good while.

Now, Sirs, there was a great number that went out of Egypt with the Church. A mixed multitude followed to the Red Sea. Wherefore was it? It was because they had seen many miracles in Egypt. But they went not over Jordan; they fell in the wilderness, and died for their sins. Their hearts were not right with God, as is the case with many in this generation. I warrant you our Lord had a thick number of ministers and professors at His back in Scotland about thirty or forty years ago, when the day was fair; but when the storm began to blow, they became very few. The ministers left Him, and tied in to the Indulgence under the enemies’ wings for shelter, and many professors followed them for ease and love to the back and the belly. But wait on, people of God, a little, and God shall rouse them up ere long. But I fear when God comes to call the roll of Scotland, He shall find many blanks—dead ministers, dead professors, and dead men and women, though going upon their feet.

Now, Sirs, as I said to you before, if ye will follow Him in this stormy blast, be humble and much denied to your own things—as for a proud professor, nothing less than a fall will do his turn. Take heed what ye are doing, for it is a strange time we live in; it is hard keeping touches with God, so to speak. Now, when He is, as it were, travelling up and down shires in Scotland, and saying to this man, and that woman, “Go seal my truths with your blood,” He hath taken few out of Galloway or Carrick to a scaffold to witness for Him as yet [i.e., Andrew Sword and John Malcolm]. I think we should be counted with the rest of the kingdom, and yet ye know not what is coming. I pray you, if He come to seek a testimony from any of you, deny Him not; for He denied none of you that are elect, when ye were between the losing and the winning.

And now, Sirs, I leave these truths on all of you. I dare not for my very soul flatter yon, not knowing how soon ye and I may be cited before the tribunal of God. I charge you to join with none of these time-serving hireling ministers, nor with that cursed supremacy they stand upon, for it will ruin them. And now, I pray yon take heed when there are so many errors going through the land. Wrestle with God to keep you straight and steadfast in your judgment and in your hearts, adhering to the covenanted work of reformation. And as for these indulged ministers, although they preach some truths, yet the Spirit of the Lord follows not what they preach to bless it; for what they speak from the word is not seasonable, for leaving truths are denying times, such as these are wherein our lot is fallen.

And now, people of God, I have this to tell you, and so I leave you, that there are yet as glorious days coming to Scotland as ever were. And the children of the persecuted captivity shall be the beginning of a glorious Church yet in Scotland, and shall be so zealous for the reproached truths of God that they shall be ready, if they meet these ministers that betrayed God’s work, I say they shall be ready to stone them; and that shall be made out, “They shall not wear a rough garment to deceive any more,” [Zech. 13.4.] as they have now done in Scotland, and in all these lands. And now, the Lord Himself bless these things unto you, and make you steadfast, that ye be not led away with the apostasy of the times, and of these time-serving ministers, that Demas-like have forsaken the way of the Lord. The Lord Himself make you consider these things, and fix a conviction of them upon your hearts that ye may be watchful and steadfast unto the day of His coming.

Now unto the Lord who is able to keep you from falling, be everlasting praise. Amen.’

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