MacMillan at Swine Knowe and Caldercruix #History #Scotland
One of the first places that John MacMillan preached after he became the minister of the Society people in 1706, was the mysterious Swine Knowe.
‘At Suyn Know in the paroch of New Munkland, Janwary fyft day, 1707.’
Swine Knowe, New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire. 5 January, 1707.
Richard Cameron had preached an important sermon at Swine Knowe in mid 1680. Where it was located is not clear, but it perhaps lay near Caldercruix.
The Lanarkshire records for the Hearth Tax of 1694 are detailed for New Monkland parish, but not for neighbouring parish of Shotts. Where possible in New Monkland parish, the general location were individuals of the same name in the Hearth Tax records as found in MacMillan’s list of baptisms have been listed in square brackets.
We only know the names of those who had children baptised at the preaching. Many of them were refusniks who had not had their children baptised for several years:
William Robison in the paroch of Bothwell, children:—Rebekah, aged 6; William, aged 5.
James Hamilton in the toun of Hamiltoun :—James, aged 3; Elizabath, aged 5 moneths.
John Ingles in the paroch of Shots :—Marion, aged 8; John, aged 5.
Thomas Ingles in the paroch of Shots :—Helen, aged 4; David, aged 2.
John Russell in the paroch of Shotts:—John, aged 2; Janet, aged 7 moneths.
Samuell Young in the paroch of Torphichan:—David, aged 2; Agnes, aged 11 weeks.
John Nimmo in the paroch of Shots :—Janet, aged 3.
Alexander Garner in the paroch of Shotts :—Agnes, aged 4; William, aged 2.
William Allan in the paroch of New Munkland :—John, aged 4; William, aged 6 moneths. [Ruchsollach?]
Thomas Newlands in the paroch of Shotts:—Jean, aged 15; Janet, aged 12; Elspith, aged 5.
David Young in the paroch of New Munkland:—.David, aged 10; Samuel, aged 8; Lillias, aged 5; Agnes, aged 2. [in Auchengray’s land? See below.]
Thomas Main in the paroch of New Munkland:—Charels, aged 4; Agnes, aged 1.
John Hill in the paroch of New Munkland :—John, aged 4; Andrew, aged 15 dayes.
John Miller in the paroch of New Munkland:—James, aged 4; John, aged 2.
John Russell in the paroch of Shotts (Thomas Newlands, sponsor, the parent grosly ignorant):—Samuell, aged 4; Petter, aged 2.
George Jackson in the Barony of Glasgow :—Janet, aged 16 and 6 months.
David Selkirk in the paroch of West [Old] Munkland:—William, aged 3 quarters.
James Selchrig in the paroch of West [Old] Munkland :—Elspith, aged 2.
Robert Wark in the paroch of Calder :—James, aged 2.
John Jackson in the toun of Glasgow :—George, aged 7.
John Martine in the paroch of Carnwath:—John, aged 6 months.
John Ingles in the paroch of Carmichaell:—Robert, aged 10.
John Cuthell in the paroch of Logie, Stirlingshyre:—John, aged 1.
James Hamilton in the paroch of Bothwell (James Smelie, sponsor, the parent under scandall not absolved) :—Margaret, aged 6.
Margaret Urrie in the paroch of Kilbryde:—Marion, aged 15; William, aged 13.
Andrew Aull in the paroch of New Munkland:—John, aged 3. [See below.]
James Crafoord in the paroch of New Munkland :—Charles, aged 4; Agnes, aged 1. [in Auchengray’s land? See below.]
John Patterson in the parish of Kinkaren :—Mary, aged 7; Janet, aged 4; Isobell, aged 2.
Margaret Edmistoun in the parish of Kilmadock :—John, aged 7.
At Caldercruix, New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, 10 August, 1708.
Caldercruix was the home, or former home, of George Hill, a president of the United Societies in the 1680s and a close associate of James Renwick.
James Nisbet in paroch of Shots :—James, aged a moneth.
James Craford in New Munkland:—Robert, aged a moneth. [See above.]
Robert Steill in paroch of Shots:—Agnes, aged 8 weeks.
At Caldercruix, New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, 2 August, 1709.
John Sa[l]mond in New Munkland:—Margret, aged a quarter. [in Auchengray’s land?]
John Miller in New Munkland :—Laudwick, aged half a year. [See above.]
James Mitshall in Easter Kilpatrick :—James, aged a moneth.
Hugh Miller in Old Munkland:—Robert, aged 26 weeks.
Samuell Young in paroch of Torphighan :—James, aged a moneth.
David Selchrig in Old Munkland :—James, aged 4 moneths.
Thomas Inglies in paroch of Shots :—Robert, aged 14 weeks.
At Blairmuckhill, Shotts parish, Lanarkshire, 7 March, 1708.
Robert Pinkertoun in Shots:—Agnes, aged 7 weeks.
Andrew Aull in paroch of [New] Munkland :—Robert, aged 20 weeks. [See above.]
James Main in paroch of St. Lauranc :—James, aged 15 weeks.
At Moffat Hills, Shotts parish, Lanarkshire, 6 March, 1710.
David Young in New Munkland :—Ann, aged 19 weeks. [See above.]
Thomas Main in parish of Shots :—Patrick, aged 10 weeks.
William Martin in parish of Shots :—Agnes, aged 20 dayes.
John Martin in paroch of Carnwath :— aged
John Wilson in paroch of Carnwath :— aged
John Selchrig in Old Munkland :—Margret, aged 10 weeks.
Thomas Ca[l]derhead in parish of Shots:—Thomas, aged 20 weeks.
Alexander Garner in parish of Old Munkland :—John, aged half an year.
William Dick in paroch of Airth:—William, aged 24 weeks.
For more on the Covenanters in New Monkland parish, see here.
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