Seven Women Hanged in Edinburgh on 26 January, 1681 #History #Scotland

Hangings Alison and Harvie

Something the martyrologies of the Covenanters do not mention is that at least five other women were executed in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket with Isobel Alison and Marion Harvie. They were probably executed at the same time as the two Covenanters.

On 26 January, 1681:

‘The which day Issobell Allisone and marie hervie was sett at libertie by being taikin to the grassemarkatt and execuited ffor disowning the kings athoritie As also Elsa morisone Sibilla Bell hir daughter Jean hendirsone helline Girdwood & [blank] Donaldsons all hanged the foresd daye ffor murddering of ther childrein’ (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, VI, 156.)

The etching, above, that only depicts Alison and Harvie comes from A Hind Let Loose, which was printed in the United Provinces and smuggled into Scotland in 1687. It was later recycled in the martyrology, Cloud of Witnesses, in 1714.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 26, 2017.

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