Isobel Alison Transported to Edinburgh in 1680 #History #Scotland


A woman’s journey to martyrdom begins, in Kinross…

Isobel Alison had brought news and provisions from Perth to the assassins of Archbishop Sharp when they were in hiding at Bridge of Earn in early May, 1679. It is not clear if her captors knew that. In her interrogations, the authorities were clearly interested in her connections to them, but homed in on her later meetings with John Balfour of Kinloch and David Hackston of Rathillet in the year before her capture, i.e., in 1680, rather than May, 1679. They were also interested in her connections to Donald Cargill and James Skene.

She was presumably captured in November, 1680, soon after Cargill was ambushed at the Mutton Hole and the supposed gunpowder plot against the Duke of York, when Cargill’s network was compromised.

27 November, 1680:
Issobell Aillisone warditt by command of my lord chancier who was apoynted to be transported ffrom Kinrose to the Tolbuith of edr and wardit. This done by ordor of major Johnstoune [of the Town Guard] by a missive under his hand’. (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, VI, 150.)

On her way to Edinburgh Tolbooth, Alison was held in Kinross Tolbooth. On the Canmore website, the clock tower that survives appears to be from the old pre 1742 parish church. It is not clear if it was used as the tolbooth, but other websites suggest that it was. Pittenweem did have a tolbooth spire incorporated into a church.

Street View of Kinross Tolbooth

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Picture: Kinross Town Hall © Bill Henderson and licensed for reuse.

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 21, 2016.

One Response to “Isobel Alison Transported to Edinburgh in 1680 #History #Scotland”

  1. […] connections to Skene when they interrogated her, but she answered ‘I never saw him’. She was captured in Perth soon after the Mutton Hole incident, where Marion Harvie was taken, and was executed with her in […]

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