‘That place where the Lord delivered a poor handful’: The Battle of Muirdykes (1685) #History #Scotland

Battle of Muirdykes

William Maxwell of Cardoness recorded his impressions of the battlefield at Muirdykes in his spiritual journal two months after the encounter took place.

Under Saturday, 16 August, 1685, Maxwell recorded:

‘coming from Dalry to Paisley, somewhat sorrowful and afflicted in considering the sad condition of God’s interest and people; especially about Elistone[, now Elliston], where I viewed that place where the Lord delivered a poor handful of His own that jeoparded their lives for His interest, killing some of His avowed enemies, and causing them to retire, of which I received certain information.’ (Reid (ed.), One of King William’s Men, 79.)

Accounts of the battle which was fought on 18 June were recorded by Patrick Hume of Polwarth, George Brysson and Lord Fountainhall.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 20, 2016.

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