The “Bluidy Banner” and the Reverend John MacMillan at Haughhead in 1707 #History #Scotland


In the middle of a period when the McMillanites were intensely debating what to do about the Union of 1707, their preacher, John MacMillan, turned up, yet again, at a location connected with one of the militant leadership of the 1680s…

That may be a coincidence, as the McMillanites were made up of militant Society people, but it is a pattern.

At the Haughhead, Dolphinton parish, Lanarkshire, Friday 6 June, 1707
Former home of Henry Hall of Haughead, who was killed during an attempt to capture Donald Cargill in 1680. Haughead lies on the boundary between Lanarkshire and Peebleshire.

Hall was long dead, but his son, Benjamin Hall, may have been alive. Benjamin Hall is said to have passed on the so-called “Bluidy Banner”, perhaps the flag carried at the battles of Drumclog and Bothwell in 1679, from his death bed to a ‘zealous covenanting friend’ called Cochrane, via whom and others it ultimately ended up in Cameronians Regimental Museum aka. Low Parks Museum in Hamilton. (PSAS, III, (1857-1859), 256.)

Map of Haughhead             Street View of Haughhead

At Haughhead, MacMillan conducted one baptism:

‘John Davidson’s child, Thomas, aged 6 weeks.’

He returned for another baptism five years later:

At Haughhead, Dolphinton parish, Lanarkshire, Monday October 6, 1712.
To Andrew Waddie a daughter called Mary.

For a Covenanter’s Secret Tunnel discovered near Dolphinton, see here.

For more on the McMillanites, see here.

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~ by drmarkjardine on September 7, 2016.

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