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

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...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 13 Jul 2019

The Testimony of Thomas Stoddart Executed in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket on 12 August, 1685 #History #Scotland

Thomas Stoddart was executed in the Grassmarket on 12 August, 1685. Matthew Bryce, David Law and Gavin Russell were hanged alongside him. ‘Men, Brethren, And Fathers, Hearken,—I being to take my farewell of the world, I leave this my dying...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Aug 2018

John Dick Taken in Potterrow and Hanged in Edinburgh in 1684 #History #Scotland

The minister John Dick had been on the run since he had escaped from Edinburgh Tolbooth with up to twenty-four others on 16 September, 1683. However, in March, 1684, he was captured in a house in Edinburgh’s Potterrow with another minister, John...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 22 Sep 2017

Martin, Gilry and Muir Hanged in Edinburgh #History #Scotland

Under 22 February, 1684: ‘George Martine Adam Weir [aka. John Kerr or John Gilry] & James Muire execute in the Grassmercat for deneying aut[hor]ie.’(Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, IX, 127.) Filed under: 1684, Covenanters, Edinburgh Tolbooth,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 22 Feb 2017

Seven Women Hanged in Edinburgh on 26 January, 1681 #History #Scotland

Something the martyrologies of the Covenanters do not mention is that at least five other women were executed in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket with Isobel Alison and Marion Harvie. They were probably executed at the same time as the two Covenanters. On...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 26 Jan 2017

An Orkney Diarist on Infamous Shipwrecks #History #Scotland

The Diary of Thomas Brown in Kirkwall provides a glimpse into how the Presbyterian struggle of the 1680s was viewed at the opposite end of the nation. Brown’s diary mainly records marriages and deaths in Orkney, sometimes hangings, mainly for sheep...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 3 Dec 2016

Mr Thomas Archer Executed in Edinburgh, 1685 #History #Scotland

The minister Thomas Archer had been badly wounded at the Battle of Muirdykes on 18 June, 1685. Left in a nearby herd’s house, he was captured. By 15 August he was barely well enough to face being hanged in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. Archer had...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 11 Nov 2016

Two Covenanters, James Nicol and William Young, Hanged in Edinburgh #History #Scotland

A fragment of information on the execution of James Nicol and William Young at the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, is found in the records of Edinburgh Tolbooth under ‘27th September 1684’: ‘James Nicoll & W[illia]m Young execut in ye grasmercat...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Nov 2016

The ‘Great Haill’ on Dumbarton Moor of 1676

In June 1676, the pleasant summer was interrupted a terrifying hailstorm that struck Dumbarton Moor and snow fell in Edinburgh… Dumbarton Muir © Stephen Sweeney and licensed for reuse. The hailstorm, snow and lightening strikes were recorded...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 27 Jul 2015

The Gypsies’ Field of Blood at Romanno, 1677

On 1 October, 1677, a ‘battle’ between gypsies took place near Romanno Bridge in Peeblesshire. Five men were later hanged in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket in connection with the battle. Their story then takes a bizarre turn that could almost come straight...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 15 Mar 2015

The Trial and Execution of Cochrane, Finlay and Robertson in December, 1682

Lord Fountainhall records the trial of three Society people on 11 December, 1682. ‘At Criminall Court, 3 Bothuel-bridge rebells, called [William] Cochrane, [John] Finlay, and [James] Robertson, are pannelled for being ther, at leist for disouning the...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 11 Feb 2015

The Gallows Speech of a Schoolteacher in 1684

George Martin was a notary public with, what we would call, a social conscience. Before his capture in 1679, he taught at the school in Dailly parish in Ayrshire. He was a reader in the kirk and worked recording legal deeds for local people… In...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Feb 2015

The Execution of Robert Gray at the Grassmarket in Edinburgh in 1682

Lord Fountainhall records Robert Gray’s execution on 19 May, 1682: ‘One Gray is this day hanged at the Grasse Mercat, for disouning the King’s authority, and for adhæring to [Donald] Cargill’s Covenant [i.e., the Queensferry Paper].’ (Lauder,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Feb 2015

Three Covenanters Hanged in the Great Frost, February, 1684

In the last days of the Great Frost of the Winter of 1683 to 1684, three men were tried and executed in Edinburgh. On the day of their trial, a new covering of snow lay on the ground which lasted until after their execution on 22 February, 1684. (Erskine,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Feb 2015

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