Betrayed: Prophet Peden at Pingerrach in 1685.
When the outlawed preacher Alexander Peden was in Carrick in the summer of 1685, his presence in a house was allegedly betrayed to government forces by an informer…
‘39. After this [Peden in Wigtownshire in mid June, 1685], he was to preach at Night, at Pendarroch in Carrick; the Mistress of the House had been too open-minded to a Woman, who went and told the Enemy, and came back to that House, that she might not be suspected; Mr. Peden being in the Fields, came in Haste to the Door, and called the Mistress, and said, Ye’ve play’d a bonny Sport to your self, by being so loose-tongu’d; the Enemy is informed that I was to drop a Word this Night in this House, and the Person who has done it, is in the House just now; you’ll repent it; to Morrow Morning the Enemy will be here, and ye’ll have an ill rid-up House: Farewel, I’ll stay no longer in this Place. To Morrow Morning, both Foot and Horse were about the House.’ (Walker, BP, I, 76.)
‘Pendarroch’ is almost certainly Pingerroch, in Barr parish, Carrick, of which very little remains.
The mistress of the house was possibly the wife of John MacJarrow, a forfeited landholder.
Peden’s preaching in Barr parish may have taken place at around the same time as the killing of the Barrhill martyrs in the same parish.
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