Two Fife Fanatics Executed on 13 July, 1681 #History #Scotland

Edinburgh Tolbooth 2
Andrew Pitilloch was warded in Edinburgh Tolbooth on 7 July, 1681. On 13 July, he was executed with Laurence Hay, another Fife man. As the following entry in the records of Edinburgh Tolbooth confirms, Adam Philip was not executed with them:

‘Andro Pitiloch & Lourance Hay execut ffor denying his Matie & au[thori]tie in ye Grassmercat’ (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, VIII, 110.)

The sentence of death passed on Adam Philip was suspended by James, Duke of Albany and York, on the same day:

‘James Ducke of Albanie and York etc His Maties High Comissionner in Scotland
I desyre ye will caus the execution of the sentance against Adam philpe to be suspendit till furder order Given at Hollieroodhous ye 13 day of Jully 1681
Sic Sub James
To the Magistrats of the Cittie of Edr
By Command of His Royall Highsse’ (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, VIII, 111.)

Adam Philip was given a reprieve, probably a short time before his execution was carried out, as he almost certainly acknowledged royal authority.

~ by drmarkjardine on July 13, 2019.

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