‘The Tolbuith of Edinburgh is broke’, February, 1687 #History #Scotland

Edinburgh Tolbooth 2

Lord Fountainhall reports:

13 February, 1687:
‘being Sunday.— At night the Tolbuith of Edinburgh is broke, and 16 malefactors and robbers escapes; yet George Drummond the keeper is not quarrelled for this, tho’ Mr. John Wanse and Arthur Udney ware put out [of their jobs on 10th] November last for one rogue’s escape [that of the militant preacher Alexander Shields on 22 October, 1686], but it was at the door, yet it was in weemen’s cleaths; and this was by a digging out a wholle in the wall, and lifting out the stones, and coming down on ropes. Two of them ware after found at Kirkliston, and being condemned, one of them was hanged at the Gallow-ly on the Friday after. (Lauder, Historical Notices, II, 781-2.)

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~ by drmarkjardine on February 13, 2017.

2 Responses to “‘The Tolbuith of Edinburgh is broke’, February, 1687 #History #Scotland”

  1. Hi,

    Are we able to ask you specific questions and have you let us know if you might have more info on a certain family? Specifically, I am trying to locate info on Mcmichael and Clarkson. I would love to find a family that is known to be related to either of these Covenanter families to see if there are DNA tests done by them, that we could compare with our family DNA testing. Family lore is that we are related but dont want to jump to conclusions without as much research as possible.

    Thank you! Margy

    On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 4:35 AM, Jardine’s Book of Martyrs wrote:

    > drmarkjardine posted: ” Lord Fountainhall reports: 13 February, 1687: > ‘being Sunday.— At night the Tolbuith of Edinburgh is broke, and 16 > malefactors and robbers escapes; yet George Drummond the keeper is not > quarrelled for this, tho’ Mr. John Wanse and Arthur Udney ware put” >

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