The Treason of Thomas Campbell in 1680


On 5-7 October, 1680, Lord Fountainhall notes the appearance of one of Richard Cameron’s accomplices at the skirmish Airds Moss before the privy council:

‘One Campbell, accessory to the murder of one of the King’s dragouns, and he who affixed the proclamation at Sanquhar, in June last, depriving the King, was examined severall tymes before the Councell, and abydes at the lawfulnesse of all he had done.’ (Lauder, Historical Notices of Scottish Affairs, 1661-1683, 274.)

He would appear to be Thomas Campbell in Hole, who was listed on the bond before Sanquhar, the proclamation against the Declaration. and a proclamation against a fanatical plot in November, 1680. Although Campbell asserted treasonable views, there is no evidence that he was executed. At some point he appears to extracted himself from, or escaped from, custody, as he appears on the Fugitive Roll of 1684.

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~ by drmarkjardine on December 10, 2013.

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