Hardhill at the Battle of Drumclog, 1679 #History

John Nisbet of Hardhill had fought in both the latter stages of the Thirty Years’ War and the British Civil Wars. He had been left for dead on the battlefield of the Pentland Rising in 1666 and lived through the depredations of the Highland Host in 1678. In 1679, he rebelled again…


George Harvey, ‘Drumclog’

Nisbet of Hardhill’s son, James Nisbet, records his father’s role in the Battle of Drumclog, an encounter between militant Covenanters and Captain John Graham of Claverhouse’s troops in 1679:

‘When my father came [to the Drumclog battlefield on 1 June. 1679], the good people who were met to hear sermon, and the enemy [under Claverhouse], were drawn up in battle array, in order to fight. Five or six of the gentlemen who came to hear sermon, that were most fit to command the country people, took upon them to command, because some of them had been formerly in the military, as likewise my father had been. Two of whom went to meet my father when within sight, and gave him an account how matters was, and pointed out to him where Mr [John] King was guarded on the left hand of the enemy, by ane officer and four dragoons, and the officer had orders to shoot Mr King if they lost, and if the country people lost, all that was or should be taken prisoners was to be hanged immediately after battle. My father being a strong, bold, and resolate man, went on boldly and briskly in all the parts of the action, especially in the relief of Mr King, whom he set at liberty; which boldness and activity of his was much taken notice of by the enemy. The enemy lost the day, and about 30 or 35 of their number slain, whereof, they said, my father killed seven with his awn hand, which much exposed him and all his to their after revenging fury.’ (Extract in McCrie, Lives of the Scottish Reformers, 502.)

His sons would pay for Hardhill’s rebellion.

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 1, 2015.

2 Responses to “Hardhill at the Battle of Drumclog, 1679 #History”

  1. […] In the following year, John Nisbet rebelled again. […]

  2. […] Nisbet claims that both he and his brother suffered at the hands of government forces. Following the Battle of Drumclog, their father, John Nisbet of Hardhill, was, once again, a […]

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