Testimony of James Graham Hanged between Edinburgh & Leith, 9 December, 1684 #History #Scotland

Execution Seventeenth Century

James Graham was hanged at the Gallowlee on 9 December, 1684. George Jackson, Thomas Wood and Thomas Robertson were hanged with him. James Graham’s brother, William Graham, was killed by Claverhouse’s troop of Horse in 1682.

The Last Testimony of James Graham, a tailor in Crossmichael parish in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, who suffered at the Gallowlee, betwixt Leith and Edinburgh, on 9 December, 1684.

‘Men And Brethren,—I am come here this day to lay down my life for the cause of Christ, and I bless the Lord, that ever He gave me a life to lay down for such a noble cause; and now I wish this day that every hair of my head, and every drop of my blood were a life, I could willingly lay them down for Him. For it is all too little I can do for Him. Oh! it is a wonder that ever He should have chosen me or the like of me, to witness or die for Him in such a cause! For He hath no need of me, or any of the lost sons of Adam, but He hath testified in His Word, that He will make the poor things of the earth to confound the prudent.

And now I bless the Lord that I die not as a murderer, nor a thief, nor as an evil doer. nor as a busybody in other men’s matters. The heads whereupon I am indicted, are, because I refused to disown that paper which is most agreeable to the Word of God, and to our sworn Covenants and work of Reformation; and because I would not swear to that which I durst not for my soul do. Now, I giving a short account what I am indicted for, I shall likewise give an hint of what I adhere to.
1. I adhere to the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, Confession of Faith, Catechisms Larger and Shorter, and to the whole work of Reformation, as it was once established in our land, although now, alas! defaced and denied by the most part of this generation.
2. To the Covenants, National and Solemn League, to which we are sworn, with hands uplifted to the most high God, and bound to maintain.
3. To the Sum of Saving Knowledge, the Acknowledgment of Sins, and Engagement to Duties.
4. To the preached Gospel, as it was faithfully preached in our land, by the sent messengers of Jesus Christ, especially by Messrs J[ohn]. K[i]d., J[ohn]. K[ing]., D[onald]. C[argill]., and R[ichard]. C[amero]n., who took their lives in their hands, and went forth upon all hazards, when the rest of their brethren turned their back upon the cause.

5. To Mr James Renwick, as a faithful sent servant of Jesus Christ, who has lifted up the standard where Messrs Donald Cargill [d.1681] and Richard Cameron [d.1680] left it, who sealed the cause with their blood.
6. To all the appearances in arms in defence of the Gospel and our sworn Covenants, and the whole work of Reformation.
7. To the Excommunication at the Torwood [of 1680], by Mr Donald Cargill.
8. To the Sanquhar Declaration [of 1680], as a thing most agreeable to the Word.
9. To the Declaration at Rutherglen [of 1679].
10. To the paper that was taken off worthy Henry Hall at the Queensferry [in June, 1680].
11. To the burning of that hell-hatched thing called the Test, at Lanark [before the proclamation of the Lanark Declaration in January, 1682].
12. To the fellowships of the Lord’s people, for reading, singing, and praying; according to the Scripture in Mal. iii. 16, and Heb. x. 25, and several other Scriptures which warrant this.
13. To all the Testimonies of the faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ, from the appearance in arms at Pentland Hills [in 1666] to this day.
14. To that Paper upon which I was indicted, in so far as it is agreeable to the Word of God, and our sworn Covenants, and work of Reformation [i.e., The Apologetical Declaration Against Intelligencers of November, 1684].

And now, on the other hand, I shall desire to let you see what I shall witness and testify against, so far as I am enabled by His Holy Spirit.
1. I leave my testimony against all breach of Covenant, which is a sin that hath overspread the whole land.
2. Against the acceptors of the Indulgence first and last, because they have fled from their first engagements, which engagement was to be faithful ministers to the Church of Christ, which they have broken and rent.
3. Against the hearers of curates, because they have broken our sworn Covenants and work of Reformation.
4. Against Popery, Prelacy, Quakerism, and all heresy, and whatsoever is contrary to the Word of God.
5. Against paying of the cess and locality, and against paying of fines, because it is bearing up of these soul-murderers, and an acknowledgment that we have done a fault in following our duty.
6. Against Charles Stuart, in regard he hath broken the Covenant, that he was once sworn to, and put forth his hand against the people of God.
7. Against that perjured and abominable thing called the Test and the Oath of Allegiance, which is an oath against our Covenant.
8. Against [John] Gib and his followers [the Sweet Singers], and all their pernicious ways.
9. Against the overthrowing of our work of Reformation, which we had from our Lord and Master, and His faithful servants, to be comforts to our souls.

Now, the time being short, I shall say no more; but farewell mother, brethren, and sisters; farewell all Christian friends and acquaintances in the Lord. Farewell Holy Scriptures, which have been my comfort many a day. Farewell meat and drink, sun, moon, and stars. Welcome eternity. Welcome heaven. Welcome holy angels. Welcome God in Christ; into Thy hands I commit my spirit!

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~ by drmarkjardine on December 9, 2017.

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