Shootings & Summary Executions in the Killing Times #History #Scotland

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The “Martyrs of Tradition”, for which there is no historical evidence, have not been included in the above list.

For a PDF version of this list, see here.

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10 Responses to “Shootings & Summary Executions in the Killing Times #History #Scotland”

  1. Deaths in the Killing Times 1682-85

    Stewartry of Kirkcudbright 30
    Ayrshire 28
    Dumfriesshire 10
    Lanarkshire 6
    Wigtownshire 6
    Renfrewshire 5
    Total 85

    Note Kirkpatrick Irongray is in Stewartry, not Dumfriesshire so Nos 37 and 38 have been added to Stewartry toral

    • Ha! Thanks for spotting that. I’ve corrected and updated the tables and images. Thank you also for the arithmetic. It is quite a result for Galloway — 36! There are some deaths on the list that perhaps could or should be excluded dependng on how you define Killing Times. They are: Andrew MacGill (no 8) in Ayrshire who was apparently hanged after appearing at a court. It really is not clear what went on there.

      No 19 & No 20 in Renfrewshire were also hanged after a standard Abjuration oath court. They are usually put in lists, but perhaps they should be under non-field executions i.e., the other list of hangings.

      No 49 John Law in Ayrshire was killed attacking the Ducat Tower. Whether that counts as “a martyr” is not clear.

    • Hi Alastair,
      It is an interesting question of how to settle on a hard number for the Killing Times, as the definition is flexible. If we go with summary field executions (hanging and shooting) we can exclude the four cases above. We then get

      Stewartry of Kirkcudbright 30
      Ayrshire 26
      Dumfriesshire 10
      Lanarkshire 6
      Wigtownshire 6
      Renfrewshire 3
      Total 81

      However, if one includes later field shootings, which took place after the “classic” period of the Killing Times of December ’84 to July ’85 (remember there is a case in 1682 already in the figures), then we add 5 to Ayrshire and 1 to Lanarkshire.

      Ayrshire 31
      Stewartry of Kirkcudbright 30
      Dumfriesshire 10
      Lanarkshire 7
      Wigtownshire 6
      Renfrewshire 3
      Total 87

      Or, if you prefer, Galloway 36.

      M

  2. Hi, The list is printed too small to read. Can it be enlarged?

    Thanks!

    Roberta Fagan refagan51@gmail.com

    On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Jardine’s Book of Martyrs wrote:

    > drmarkjardine posted: ” The “Martyrs of Tradition”, for which there is no > historical evidence, have not been included in the above list. For a PDF > version of this list, see here. Return to Homepage Text © Copyright Dr Mark > Jardine. All Rights Reserved. Please feel free link” >

  3. […] Which Scottish Army officers or individuals were implicated in the historical sources with the most deaths in the Killing Times of late 1684 to mid 1685? […]

  4. […] “The Killing Times”, a period that has several possible definitions and time frames. In a previous post, I listed 85 deaths with historical evidence for the Killing Times using a time frame between 1682 […]

  5. […] column for the 93 field deaths refer to the number they had in previous lists I have published, here and here, for ease of cross […]

  6. […] column for the 93 field deaths refer to the number they had in previous lists I have published, here and here, for ease of cross […]

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