Four men who hid James Renwick in 1684
In October, 1684, four Galloway men were summoned to a circuit court at Kirkcudbright for sheltering the Society people’s minister, James Renwick:
‘the said Robert Blyth in Armicanie, James Milligane in Knocknou, James Makie in Cubboks and John Kingholme ther [in Cubboks] for converseing with, resetting of and doeing favours to several rebells, and particullarie Mr Rennick’ (RPCS, X, 377.)
The summons against the four men came soon after Renwick preached by the Garple Burn in Barscobe Wood.
All four men came from Balmaclellan parish in Kirkcudbrightshire. They were:
1. Robert Blyth in Ironmacannie.
‘Armicanie’ is now Ironmacannie. Two fugitives ‘in Armancandle’ appear on the published Fugitive Roll of 1684, William Dempster and Alexander Mein. (Jardine, ‘United Societies’, II, 215.)
2 & 3. James Makie and John Kingholme in Cubbox.
Cubboks is now called Cubbox, In the seventeenth century, it lay close to crossing points on the Water of Ken, at Boathouse (near the present bridge) just to the north, and Cubbox Ford to the south.
4. James Milligane in ‘Knocknou’/Knocknoon.
He is probably the same as the ‘James Mulliken, in Knocknoon’, listed on the published Fugitive Roll of 1684. (Jardine, ‘United Societies’, II, 215.)
‘Knocknoon’ or ‘Knocknuo’ is probably Knocknan, but there are several places in the parish named so. Knocknan is another name for Blackcraig Hill, a small hill elsewhere in the parish and a small hill behind the farm at Blackcraig.
The Knocknan in question is probably the one near Blackcraig, as Renwick preach nearby at Clayhills in early 1684.
Soon after the summons was drafted, Renwick preached at nearby Garcrogo.
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