The Trial and Execution of Cochrane, Finlay and Robertson in December, 1682
Lord Fountainhall records the trial of three Society people on 11 December, 1682.
‘At Criminall Court, 3 Bothuel-bridge rebells, called [William] Cochrane, [John] Finlay, and [James] Robertson, are pannelled for being ther, at leist for disouning the King’s authority, and calling him a Tyrant, and refusing to call Bothuel-bridge a rebellion. They ware sentenced to be hanged on the 15 of December. Robertson said boldly to the King’s Advocat, that he was maintaining no more then what he had sworne to in the Test; for by it, they had all sworn to [John] Knox’s old Confession of Faith, and so by the [24th] article of it, ware bound to suppresse tyranny as weell as he.’ (Lauder, Historical Notices, I, 386.)
He also recorded their execution in his Historical Observes:
‘On the 15 of December 1682, three men called Robisin, Finlay, and Cochrane, ware hanged at the Grasse-mercat for disouning the King’s authority, and calling him a tyrant, &c.’ (Lauder, Historical Observes, 85.)
The Reverend Law also recorded their execution:
‘December 1682, dies at Edinburgh, by execution, three persons who denies the king’s authority, adhering to Sanquhar Declaration.’ (Law Memorialls, 238.)