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A Petition About the Capture of James Renwick in 1688 #History #Scotland

After the Revolution, the capture of James Renwick on 1 February, 1688, was still a live issue. Some key Society people sought to get financial revenge on John Justice, the man who had led to Renwick’s capture when he had searched a house in Castlehill...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Apr 2018

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

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...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 13 Feb 2017

The Big Oak of Earlstoun, the Old Chapel and the Five Prophets #History #Scotland

After Alexander Shields escaped from prison, he and James Renwick met and preached together at Earlstoun Wood, beside Earlstoun Castle, in December 1686. Richard Cameron and Donald Cargill also knew Earlstoun and possibly preached there in 1680. Alexander...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 18 Dec 2016

James Hogg’s Imagined Landscapes of the Covenanters #History #Literature #Scotland

In James Hogg’s novel, The Brownie of Bodsbeck (1818), John Graham of Claverhouse drives off stock in the Yarrow Valley for the reset of fugitives: Riskinhope and Chapelhope © Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse. ‘Upon the whole, there...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 20 Oct 2016

A Field in Scotland: The Covenants Renewed at Borland-hill in 1689 #History #Scotland

  The renewal of the Covenants at ‘Borland-hill’ on 3 March, 1689, was an important moment for the Society people in the wake of the Revolution. However, their plan to conduct renewals across the Societies’ heartlands was not carried...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 30 May 2016

Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Heathercat’

Damn History. RLS was bound to write a novel on the Covenanters and Killing Times, the stories he had grown up on, but he died before he completed it … You just know that Stevenson had drunk deeply on Patrick Walker’s works, especially his...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Nov 2015

A Horse Cures the King’s Evil in 1688

Is this the story of a miraculous horse, an astute farmer or just a good joke? In his diary, Alexander Shields recorded the following: ‘August [1688]. I was told, by ane eye witness, of a horse in or about the foot of Annandale, that cured the King’s...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 2 Oct 2014

The First Blow of a Revolution: The Felling of Mauchline’s Gallows in 1688

Almost every revolution begins with an attack on the unpopular or hated symbols of the authority of the state. In Scotland, the felling of the gallows at Mauchline in Ayrshire probably signalled the beginning of the so-called ‘Glorious’ Revolution...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 30 Sep 2014

A Rain of Blood in Scotland, October 1688.

A reign of blood ended with a rain of blood… It seems too neat that the downfall of James VII, the king in whose reign the Killing Times had taken place, would be preceded by a blood rain. However, that is, apparently, what happened, but that was...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 27 Sep 2014

On the Eve of the Glorious Revolution: Alexander Shields’ Field Preaching at Upper Dalveen

On Sunday 4 November, 1688, Alexander Shields held a field preaching at Upper Dalveen in Durisdeer parish… Upper Dalveen © Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse. The preaching is recorded in a letter sent on Thursday 8 November, 1688, from ‘Jon...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 25 Sep 2014

From Glasgow to Barbados: A Preaching in Renfrewshire in January 1687

On Sunday 9 January, 1687, a Societies’ field preaching took place somewhere in Renfrewshire. Two Society people captured on the following day were later banished to Barbados. An Irishman who was also seized near Paisley was also probably connected...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 11 Jan 2013

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