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Covenanter Grave Priesthill near Muirkirk #History #Scotland

John Brown, Priesthill, Muirkirk parish, Ayrshire. Shields: ‘Item, The said Claverhouse in May, 1685: apprehended John Broun in priest-hill, in the parish of Moorkirk, in the shire of Air, being at his work, about his own house, and shot him dead...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Apr 2020

The Covenanters’ Minister Murder Plot of 1682 #History #Scotland

According to reports that Wodrow heard from presbyterian ministers decades later, the militant Covenanter John Nisbet of Hardhill was the chief mover behind a plot to ‘murder’ indulged presbyterian ministers in Ayrshire in a coordinated series...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 30 Jun 2018

Illicit Drilling & the Secret Muster of 260 Covenanters at Cairn Table in 1685 #History #Scotland

In 1685, the Covenanters may have trained for a rising that they later refused to join. When he was captured by John Graham of Claverhouse, among the things that John Brounen gave intelligence of was a field preaching by James Renwick at the back of Cairn...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 28 Mar 2018

‘Under the Highest Peril’: The Rabbling of Ayrshire in 1689 #History #Scotland

On Christmas Day, 1688, armed Covenanters began a campaign of rabblings in Ayrshire designed to terrify ministers and their wives out of their churches, houses and parishes. Ninety armed Covenanters rabbled the ministers at Cumnock, Mauchline and Galston....
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 29 Aug 2017

Covenanters of the Killing Times Not Buried in the Parish They Died In #History #Scotland

Why are twelve of the ninety-three field deaths of the Killing Times (1682 to 1688) not buried in the parish that they were executed in? See right slice of pie chart ‘other parish yard’, above. The answer to that question is not clear, as...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 19 May 2017

Beyond Orkney’s Fatal Shore: The Wreck of The Croune, 10 December 1679 #History #Scotland

At nine to ten o’clock at night on Wednesday 10 December, 1679, The Croune was shipwrecked near the Mull of Deerness in Orkney. Attempting to shelter from a winter storm, it had rounded the mull and cast its anchor, but the wind and seas drove it...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Dec 2016

James Nisbet’s Escapes near Muirkirk #History #Scotland

Two more locations where James Nisbet claims to have narrowly escaped capture or death during the Killing Times of 1685 lie in Muirkirk parish, Ayrshire, which is some way to the south of his home near Newmilns. Greenock Mains What makes where Nisbet...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Nov 2016

John McMillan and John Mack at Plewlands in 1707 #History #Scotland

In early 1707 in the Union Crisis, John MacMillan of the McMillanites was at yet another location with connections back to the militancy of the 1680s, Plewlands. High Plewland ‘At Plilanheed’, Evandale parish, Lanarkshire, Tuesday 18 March,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 13 Sep 2016

The McMillanites First Preaching at Crawfordjohn in 1706 #History #Scotland

John McMillan had received a call to preach to the “Continuing” Society people on 10 October, 1706. His first preaching was at Crawfordjohn on 2 December, 1706, the same day that he conducted his first baptisms for the Society people. Crawfordjohn,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 9 Sep 2016

Nineteenth General Meeting of the Cameronians in 1699

19 General Meeting at Cairn Table Hill, 21 June, 1699. Map of Cairn Table Ayrshire correspondence was to make trial of and inspect the society in Fenwick parish for their ‘disorderly hearing of Mr [Hugh] McHendry’ to ensure that it did not...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 8 Jun 2016

Thirteenth & Fourteenth General Meetings of the Cameronians in 1697 #History #Scotland

The thirteenth general meeting at Crawfordjohn in Crawfordjohn parish, Lanarkshire, dealt with the usual issues of discipline and conferences, but then it turned its attention to the Killing Times of the 1680s… Map of Crawfordjohn 13 General Meeting...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 28 May 2016

‘John Brown, or, the House in the Muir’, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1822 #History #Scotland

A short story of the death of John Brown in Priesthill at the hands of Claverhouse appeared in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine in 1822. ‘JOHN BROWN, OR, THE HOUSE IN THE MUIR. “Quicquid delirant Reges plectuntur Achivi.” [“Whatever,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 18 Mar 2016

James Hyslop’s ‘Cameronian Dream’ #History #Poetry #Scotland

James Hyslop’s poem, the ‘Cameronian Dream’, was probably Victorian Scotland’s favourite imagining of the Covenanting martyrs of the Killing Times. It is easy to see why. Its hallucinatory quality takes the reader from slumber...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 17 Mar 2016

Lays of the Covenanters: ‘Renwick in the Cottage of John Brown of Priesthill’ #History #Poetry #Scotland

The following poem by Reverend James Dodds of Dunbar (1813–1874) appeared in a collection of his works, Lays of the Covenanters, published in 1880. The poem is set at the home of John Brown (d.1685) at Priesthill, a farm in Muirkirk parish, Ayrshire....
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Mar 2016

The Eighth Convention of the Society people at Cairn Table Hill, 2 May, 1683 #History #Scotland

On 2 May, 1683, the Society people assembled for their eighth convention at Cairn Table Hill in Ayrshire. The meeting was brief as important information being brought by Alexander Gordon of Earlstoun about the Rye House Plots, a series of insurrectionary...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 11 Jan 2016

‘As Obscure a Place as I could think on’: Claverhouse, the Highlanders and Drinking Moss Water in 1685 #History

Exhausted, James Nisbet grew tired of running from pursuing government forces. As he apparently began to succumb to a fever, he decided he could not go on… ‘Within three or four days [of Nisbet and Peden’s escape], [John] Graham of...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 2 Nov 2015

Daniel Defoe on the Killing Times of 1685

In 1717, Daniel Defoe, the journalist, novelist and spy, published a partial list of Covenanters summarily executed in the Killing Times. Defoe’s “list” was based either on the list found Alexander Shields’ A Short Memorial (1690),...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 18 Sep 2015

The Killing Times of 1685: The list of the Dead in Cloud of Witnesses

In 1714, a list of Covenanters who were summarily executed in the fields during the Killing Times appeared in A Cloud of Witnesses. The list was based on the list found in Alexander Shields’ A Short Memorial (1690) and nearly reproduces Shields’...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 18 Sep 2015

‘Show No Favour to These People’: Four Men Condemned to Death in Cumnock in 1685

Sometimes a fragment of evidence transforms your understanding of events. This is one of those cases… On 3 April, 1685, three men were tried in Cumnock, Ayrshire, for treason. They were Allan Aitken in Cumnock, John Pearson, a tailor in Cumnock,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 22 Jul 2015

The Second Convention of the Society people at Priesthill, 15 March, 1682

Like his account of the first convention, Michael Shields’ narrative of the second convention is largely concerned with presenting the radical platform adopted by the Society people in their early conventions in a moderate light. He also reported...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 15 Apr 2015

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