The Execution of James Nicol and William Young in Edinburgh in 1684

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John Erskine of Carnock records the execution of James Nicol, from Peebles, and William Young, from near Strathaven, in his journal under 28 August, 1684:

‘Yesterday [James] Nicoll, who was apprehended the 15th instant, at the last execution [of Andrew Clark, Thomas Harkess and Samuel McEwen], for uttering some reflecting expressions anent the three men, and crying to the hangman (who was handling some of the men roughly) — If I had you, sir, you should be put from that, — or some such expression, he had been formerly somewhat too rash in his expressions and carriage, was yesterday executed at Edinburgh. [William Young] was also executed, having on last ——], escaped out of the Cannongate Tolbooth with other ten, he only being apprehended. (Erskine, Journal, 80.)

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4 Responses to “The Execution of James Nicol and William Young in Edinburgh in 1684”

  1. […] and Young were in fact executed a month earlier on 27 […]

  2. Is there any more data relative to the James Nicol who was executed? Any family”

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