Wanted Rebels and Traitors in Scotland in October, 1681.


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 [or Garrarie, Mochrum 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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One Response to “Wanted Rebels and Traitors in Scotland in October, 1681.”

  1. […] his case was processed in absentia in March, 1681 and he was among a list of forfeited fugitives proclaimed on 8 October of that year. It is clear that Wilson was still at liberty long after Crichton claimed to have […]

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