The Eighth Convention of the Society people at Cairn Table Hill, 2 May, 1683 #History #Scotland
On 2 May, 1683, the Society people assembled for their eighth convention at Cairn Table Hill in Ayrshire. The meeting was brief as important information being brought by Alexander Gordon of Earlstoun about the Rye House Plots, a series of insurrectionary and assassination plots in London in 1683, had not reached the convention:
‘According to the appointment of the last meeting [i.e., the seventh convention], a General Meeting met at Carntable, upon the 2d day of May, 1683. After prayer, and modelling of the meeting, the resolutions of the former meeting were read and approven:’
The hill of Cairn Table Hill stands in southern Muirkirk parish and on the shire boundary with Lanarkshire. The convention probably took place on the back of Cairn Table, a remote area of hills and muirs (now partially covered in tree plantations) to the south of the hill.
‘But in regard Earlstoun (according to the desire of the meeting) was to come to this land [from London], and was at the time, at Edinburgh. It was thought most fit and expedient, to go there and keep the meeting, that they might have him with them; whereupon it was agreed that the same should be at Edinburgh [i.e., the ninth convention], upon the 8th of May at night; and thereafter this meeting parted.’ (Shields, FCD, 64-5.)
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