Peden’s Prophecies in The Ravished Maid in the Wilderness (1708) #History #Scotland

•May 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Peden Eyes

The Cotmuir Folk published what they alleged were four prophecies of Alexander Peden in their pamphlet, The Ravished Maid in the Wilderness, Or, A True Account of the Raise, Causes, and Continuuance of the Deference between A Suffering Party of Presbyterians, Commonly Called Cotmure Folk, ond these that Follows Mr John MackMillan, Commonly called Mountain Men (1708).

Sadly, only two of them survive, as the end of the pamphlet is lost in the copy in the NLS.

‘Thirdly he said they should ly in caves of the earth, and be fed with meat and drink, and they should look out of their hol[e]s and then they should look like those that had not tasted meat and drink, and yet they should not have freedom for stumbling on dead corps.

Fourthly, he said, that the ston[e] out of the mountain should come down, and God should be avenged on the great ones of the earth, and the inhabitants of the land, for their wickedness, but the Church should come forth with a bonnie bairn time at their back of young ones, his desire was that everie on[e] should ly close as if they were not in the world, and so hid and shut up themselves for nothing will do it till once the Lord, appeared with his judgements. About two hours after this he departed his life [in 1686].’

For the above information and transcriptions, I am completely indebted to Janette Currie, ‘History, Hagiography, and Fakestory: Representations of the Scottish Covenanters in Non-Fictional and Fictional Texts from 1638 to 1835’, 80 & 80n.)

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Ninth General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1696 #History #Scotland

•May 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Leadhills

The next general meeting of the Cameronians at Leadhills in Crawford parish is not of particular interest, but it does contain a list of names linked to particular shires. As such it is useful for both locating individuals involved in the Cameronians and where the Cameronians were in the mid 1690s.

09 General Meeting at Leadhills, 19 February, 1696.

Concluded that two of Messrs [Robert] Smith, James Mundell or John Bell [in Tinwald?] converse with Society people in Eskdale concerning the Cameronian’s Declaration at Sanquhar in 1695.

Members of the Committee were appointed:
James Currie, for Edinburgh.
David Mathieson, [in St Andrews?] for Fife.
John Heron, for Nithsdale.
Christopher Calvart in Hoddom parish, for Annandale.
Robert Heron, for Galloway.
John Wilson, for Ayrshire.
Alexander Porterfield or Robert Wallace, for Renfrewshire.
John Hanlan and Robert Hamilton, for Lanarkshire.
Sir Robert Hamilton, for the General Correspondence.

Concluded committee remove the suspension of Robert Speirs in Bo’ness provided that they get reassurance of information they have received.

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Eighth General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1695 #History #Scotland

•May 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Leadhills

The Cameronian’s general meeting at Leadhills continued to tackle those among themselves who were suspected of scandal. It was also still wrestling with events that had first appeared in 1687, the Barbados Collection and admitting David Houston to preach among them.

08 General Meeting at Leadhills, 9 October, 1695.
James Currie and society of Edinburgh to give Robert Speirs just over £66 Scots he is owed [as he had been removed from the collectorship].

The general meeting removes the suspension of John Clark as it is satisfied with the Galloway societies ‘dilligence concerning John Clark’ and likewise approves of Clark’s submission and acknowledgement. [John Clark was one of the delegates from Galloway in March, 1689.]

Barbados

The Barbados Collection Debated
‘Overture concerning the Barbadoes Colection returned back to the meeting to be more clearly about it.’

[The payment of money to recover Society people banished into “slavery” in Barbados had been controversial in 1687 to 1688, as it reversed James Renwick’s view that banishment was a form of testimony against tyranny. Prior to the collections to free their brethren, if you were banished, you were expected not to buy yourself out of it. Societies in Ireland connected to David Houston had found the liberation of their brethren in Barbados via cash payments objectionable.]

Further Moves Against David Houston
A letter was ‘to be sent over’ to Mr. David Houston in Ireland intimating that ‘we disown all these that go over to him for marriage [in Ireland]’ until he appeared before the meeting. ‘The meeting having again and again taken Mr Houstones affair in to consideration finds more and more ground to stand at a Distance…’.

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Seventh General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1695 #History #Scotland

•May 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Friarminnan

07 General Meeting at Friarminnan, 26 June, 1695.

The next committee was to disburden Robert Speirs of his collectorship. A delegate from the Edinburgh society desires that one of the Bo’ness society attends the next committee ‘with Robert Speirs concerning his marriage’. Resolved that the next general meeting ‘out of tenderness to their brethren’, ‘question Robert Speirs, what sense he hath both of the sinfulness of the action and the offence to the godly’.

Former conclusion of the fifth general meeting at Friarminnan, 17 October, 1694, ‘that their be no owning of Mr David Hustone as to any part of his Ministeriall function untill he appear before a Generall meeting and the meeting satisfyed with him and that all Testimonialls granted by any of us to any in prejudice of this Conclusion shall be Reputed as a Ground soficiente to make these being incapable of being a member in any of our Societies’.

Three people appointed to ‘meet with the our friends in the shire of Air and confer with them conserning hearers in their societies not clear in judgment and practices of the present testimony’.

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Sixth General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1695 #History #Scotland

•May 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Leadhills
In 1695, the Cameronians held a sixth general meeting at the mining settlement of Leadhills in Crawford parish, Lanarkshire.

06 General Meeting at Leadhills, 10 April, 1695.
Testimonial written for Robert Wilson in Friarminnan in Nithsdale and subscribed by clerk of the General Meeting. [Robert Wilson was a delegate from Nithsdale in March 1689.]

Letter to be written to Sir Robert Hamilton, Mr. Robert Smith and William Stuart (in Galloway) and ‘sent to our friends at Newcastle’ in correspondence with them.

Fornication case in Fenwick parish, Ayrshire, discussed.

James Currie [in Pentland] and Thomas Gillespie [in Closeburn parish?] to converse with society in Bo’ness ‘concerning Robert Speirs marriage’. Robert Speirs was to attend next meeting about his collectorship of the Societies’ money. [Robert Speirs was one of the founders of the United Societies in 1681, and James Renwick’s agent to Robert Hamilton in late 1685.]

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Fifth General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1694 #History #Scotland

•May 22, 2016 • 1 Comment

Friarminnan RuinFriarminnan

05 General Meeting at Friarminnan, 17 October, 1694.
Resolved that there was to ‘be no meddling’ with Mr David Houston ‘untill the mind of the societies be enquired concerning him and also that all persons who goes and marryeth with him [in Ireland] contrary to Conclusion and order be suspended until satisfaction be given’.

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Fourth General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1694 #History #Scotland

•May 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Friarminnan Meeting

04 General Meeting at Friarminnan, June, 1694.
Societies in Barony parish in Glasgow to ‘conveen particularly James Reid and Gavin Witherspoon and draw up the causes of a fast conserning the disorders among themselves’.

Persons chosen for ‘the conference with Mr John Hepburn’ were John Corson, James Currie [in Pentland], Robert Knox, Robert Hamilton [in Lanarkshire].

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