James Nisbet Escapes at Crossford and near Shotts #History #Scotland

After he became a fugitive in early 1685, James Nisbet appears to have mainly stayed in his native Ayrshire. However, on at least one occasion he crossed the River Clyde and journeyed to a Lanarkshire moor with strong associations with field preaching.


The Clyde at Crossford © Lairich Rig and licensed for reuse.

‘At Crossford’, Lesmahagow parish, Lanarkshire.
Crossford was a key crossing point on the River Clyde. For fugitives like Nisbet, the use of such crossing points were risky moments as they were used by soldiers.

James Muir in ‘Crossford Boat’ was hanged in Edinburgh early 1684. Prophetesses drew large crowds to Crossford in 1686.

Map of Crossford

Aerial View of Crossford

Nisbet’s escape from capture at Crossford may be linked to the only location that he names on the north bank of the Clyde, Leadloch. Crossford immediately follows Leadloch in Nisbet’s list of escapes.


Later house at Leadloch © Anne Burgess and licensed for reuse.

‘At Lead-loch’, i.e., Leadloch in Cambusnethan parish, Lanarkshire.
Leadloch lies right on the Lanarkshire boundary in an area that was frequently used for field preachings. It is close to both Starryshaw and Falla Hill, where Donald Cargill preached, and the Peden Stone at Benhar.

Map of Leadloch

Aerial View of Leadloch

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 29, 2016.

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