James Nisbet’s Escapes in Nithsdale in July 1685 #History #Scotland

Friarminnan Meeting

Among the locations where the Covenanter James Nisbet narrowly escaped from government forces were two locations in Nithsdale, which appear to relate to one of James Renwick’s preachings in July, 1685.

‘At Frier-Midden-moor’, i.e., Friarminnan, Kirkconnel parish, Dumfriesshire.

Friarminnan was a very significant location in the history of the United Societies, as several general conventions were held there and at nearby Blackgannoch.

Map of Friarminnan

‘At Spangna-glen’, i.e., by the Spango Water.

Map of Spango Glen by Meikle Knypes

The Spango Water ran by the Societies’ site at Knypes. It appear that those locations probably relate to Mary Wilson’s rescuing of Nisbet at Friarminnan in July, 1685.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 3, 2018.

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