The Magpie and the Dead Ensign in 1688 #History #Scotland


‘I have it from people that live near Bellou-path [i.e. Carbellow Path], that when the souldiers wer drauing near that path, where Mr David Houstoun was taken from them, within a very litle of it, knouing nothing of the rescouers, there came a pyet and sat doun upon the standart or collours, and the ensigne that had it said, “What means this in our march? Certainly ther is some evil before us. The prisoner will be taken from us, and some of us killed, and it may be I!” And soe he was killed. This I have from people to whom the rest of the souldiers related it at the time. (Wodrow, Analecta, II, 61-2.)

One Covenanter, John McGeachan, died as a result of wounds he sustained in the attack.

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~ by drmarkjardine on August 5, 2018.

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