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Two Prisoners of War Who Escaped

This series about redcoats in captivity after 19 Apr 1775 concentrated on the two men who gave depositions to provincial magistrates a few days after the battle. One of those men, Pvt. John Beaton, died in captivity and was buried in Concord. The other,...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 May 2019

“The said Marr further declared…”

As Don Hagist showed yesterday, it’s unlikely that Pvt. John Bateman was close enough to the Lexington common on 19 Apr 1775 to see the first shots there. As a grenadier of the 52nd Regiment, he was probably in the middle of the British column,...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 May 2019

“Bateman, he thinks, could not have made the deposition”

When the Rev. William Gordon visited British prisoners of war in Concord in the spring of 1775, he reported that Pvt. John Bateman was “too ill to admit of my conversing with him.”Bateman didn’t get any better. In 1835 local historian...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 May 2019

“The prisoners at Concord in free conversation”

The Rev. William Gordon visited British prisoners in the Concord jail and wrote about it in the form of a letter dated 17 May 1775. Though from England, Gordon served a meeting in Roxbury and was a strong supporter of the Massachusetts cause. He happily...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 May 2019

Lt. Henry Barry: “sappy looking chap” or “calm, worthy man”?

The British army officer who asked Henry Knox to publish a political pamphlet in January 1775, as discussed yesterday, was Lt. Henry Barry (1750-1822), shown here as J. S. Copley painted him about tens years later.We know about Barry’s authorship...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jan 2019

Men Who Brought Us Dorchester Heights

On 5 Mar 1776, Gen. William Howe and his colleagues in the British military woke up to find Continental troops positioned and protected on the heights of the Dorchester peninsula. The cannon up there threatened not only Boston, already under artillery...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Mar 2018

“Paddocks Coach was shut out of Boston”

We left Sarah Deming and her family on the morning of 21 Apr 1775 at the house of the Rev. William Gordon in Roxbury, relieved that the British army had not attacked that site as feared.Nevertheless, Deming and her female companions decided they had to...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Apr 2017

“I am not sure I needed this peice of forecast”

Earlier this week we followed Sarah Deming and her household out of Boston on 20 Apr 1775. British soldiers were questioning people about whether they were carrying any arms but not stopping them. The provincial forces outside town were just getting organized....
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Apr 2017

How “Mohawk” Conquered “Narragansett” in Reports of the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Post-Boy’s parenthetical mention on 20 Dec 1773 that the men who destroyed the tea in Boston harbor were “dressed like Mohawks or Indians” wasn’t the first time American Whigs had specifically invoked the Mohawk people...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Dec 2016

“You all perhaps have heard the tale of the search”

Yesterday I quoted a Robinson family tradition printed in A Family Story in the late 1800s. It described how Lemuel Robinson smuggled two brass cannon out of Boston past British army sentries and hid them in his Dorchester barn, even foiling a search...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Dec 2016

The Battle of Dunkeld of 1689 in Crockett’s Lochinvar #History #Literature #Scotland

The novel Lochinvar (1897) by S. R. Crockett contains a description of the Battle of Dunkeld fought between the Cameronian Regiment, made up of the Society people, and the Jacobites, many of them Highlanders. The excerpt, below, mentions role of Henry...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 27 Nov 2016

“A British grenadier made prisoner”

In his History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America, in a section dated to late 1776, the Rev. William Gordon included this anecdote of the war:It happened, that a garden of a widow woman, which...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Aug 2016

The “unutterable things” of Gen. Charles Lee

In the movie Bull Durham, the veteran catcher counsels the hot pitching prospect, “Win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back on your shower shoes and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however,...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Jul 2016

Daniel George, Teen-Aged Almanac Maker

Daniel George was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on 16 Dec 1757, son of David and Anne (Cottle) George. He was the second boy named Daniel born to that couple, indicating that the first had died young. He had both older and younger siblings of both...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jul 2015

More of Peter Oliver on the “Black Regiment”

A month ago I quoted the longest passage in Peter Oliver’s Origin and Progress of the American Rebellion on “Mr. Otis’s black Regiment,” the politicized Congregationalist clergy of Boston. Oliver used the phrase “black Regiment” at other times...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Mar 2015

Two Different Samuel Adamses

This is Samuel Adams. In 1773 he was fifty-one years old. His father had been a selectman, merchant, and church deacon. He had gone to Harvard College and earned a master’s degree. As a young man he had helped to found a short-lived newspaper, which...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Jan 2015

The Drowned Refuge of the Galloway Covenanters at Glenhoul

According to the mid nineteenth-century OS Name book, Glenhoul in Dalry parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, was a refuge for Covenanters: ‘20 chains N.W. of Glenhowl [i.e., Glenhoul] An extensive Glen on the Water of Ken, extending from that point where the...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 11 Nov 2014

Welcoming Three Documents to the Paul Revere House, 16 Oct.

On the afternoon of Thursday, 16 October, the Paul Revere House will welcome three documents related to the silversmith and early industrialist into its collection.The first of these is a letter that I quoted in 2012 when it was treated by the Northeast...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Oct 2014

The Forfeited Covenanters, 1679 to 1688

In 1690, the Scottish Parliament passed an act rescinding most of the forfeitures which had taken place under the Restoration Stewart regime. The published list is not perfect. It contains minor errors, duplicates some names and fails to mentions some...
----- Fullerton of Senwick ----- Grier of Dalgonar ------- Calderhead (Windyedge) -------- Fullerton of Nethermill -------- Gordon of Barharrow -------- Gordon of Garrerie -------- Hay of Airyolland Adam Philip Adam Reid (Mauchline) Alexander Anderson Alexander Brown Alexander Gordon of Earlstoun Alexander Gordon of Knockgray Alexander Hastie Alexander Hume (d.1682) Alexander Hunter of Culquhasen Alexander Mackie of Drumbuie Alexander MacNaught (Overton of Dalry) Alexander Russell Alexander Vallange Alexander Wood Allan Bowie (Tarbolton) Alloa parish Andrew Brown of Duncanziemere Andrew Clark (d.1684) Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Andrew Martin of Little Airies Andrew Meek (Carnwath) Andrew Pitilloch Andrew Sword (d.1679) Anthony McKie Anwoth parish Archibald Alison (d.1680) Archibald Campbell Archibald Simpson Archibald Stewart Argyll Rising Arthur Bruce (d.1683) Arthur Tacket (d.1684) Auchinleck parish Ayr Ayr parish Ayrshire Ballantrae parish Balmaclellan parish Barr parish Berwickshire Bo'ness parish Borders Borgue parish Bothwell parish Cambusnethan parish Campsie parish Captain James Wishart Carmunock parish Carnwath parish Carrick Carsphairn parish Carstairs parish Cathcart parish Christian Fyfe Christopher Miller Closeburn parish Collessie parish Colmonell parish Colonel John Burns Covenanters Crawford parish Crawfordjohn parish Crossmichael parish Cumbernauld parish Cumnock parish Currie parish Dailly parish Dalry parish Daniel Ker of Kersland David Farrie David Gibson (Lanark) David Halliday in Mayfield (d.1685) David Law David McCulloch David Montgomery of Lainshaw David Steuart (Coltness) David White (Lanark) Donald Cargill Donald Connell (Buchlyvie) Douglas parish Dumfriesshire Dunbartonshire Dunscore parish Eaglesham parish earl of Argyll earl of Tarras Early modern history Eastwood parish Edinburgh Edinburghshire Edward Aitkin Edward Marshall (d.1685) Evandale parish Falkirk parish Fenwick parish Fife Gabriel Maxwell Gabriel Thomson (d.1684) Galloway Galston parish Gargunnock parish Gavin Hamilton of Hill Gavin Paterson (Bothwellshields) Gavin Russell Gavin Witherspoon George Arthur of Binniehill (Balquhatstone) George Campbell of Cessnock George Gordon (Holmes) George Jackson (d.1684) George MacCartney of Blaiket George Maclure of Benan George Martin (d.1684) George Mochrie (Stonerigg) George Pringle of Torwoodlee George Wishart Gideon Weir Gilbert Elliott (Edinburgh) Gilbert McIlwraith of Dinmurchie Glasgow Glassford parish Glencairn parish Glenkens Glenluce parish Haddingtonshire Hamilton parish Hawick parish Henry Boswell (Dunsyston) Henry Hall of Haughead Henry MacCulloch of Barholm Henry MacJarrow of Alton Albany History Hownam parish Hugh Campbell of Cessnock Hugh MacIlwraith of Auchenflower Hume parish Irongray parish Isaac Blackwell Isobel Alison James Algie (d.1685) James Baird (Dungeonhill) James Boig James Boyle fl.1683 James Brown (Newmilns) James Cunningham (Glasgow) James Dykes James Gordon (Craiglaw) James Graham (d.1684) James Hamilton of Parkhead James Howison (Lanark) James Kirkwood James Lawrie (Lanark) James Lawson James MacNeilly of Auchairne James Maxwell of Williamswood James Muir (d.1684) James Nicol James Renwick James Robertson James Skene James Smith (d.1683) James Steuart of Goodtrees James Stewart (Cambusnethan) James Ure of Shargarton James Weir (Johnshill) James Welsh of Little Cluden James White (Douglas) James Wilkinson (d.1685) James Wilson (Mosshead) James Wood (d.1679) John Anderson (Westerton) John Bell of Whiteside (d.1685) John Binning of Dalvennan John Brown (Newtown) John Carnduff (Jackton) John Clyde (d.1679) John Cochran (Craig) John Cochran of Ochiltree John Cochrane of Chapel John Cochrane of Waterside John Crawford of Tarshaw John Dick (d.1683) John Easton (Garnqueen) John Finlay John Fullerton John Fullerton of Auchenhay John Gibson (Ingleston) John Gibson of Auchencheyne John Gilry (d.1684) John Gordon of Over Barr John Haddow John Halbert John Hamilton (Rogerton) John Hutcheson (Newbattle) John Hutcheson of Harlaw John Jack (Nemphlar) John Kid (d.1679) John King (d.1679) John MacAlexander (Drummochreen) John MacJarrow in Pingerroch John Mackie of Larg John MacMichan of Killantringan John MacNaught of Culquha John MacQuarrie (d.1683) John Malcolm (d.1680) John Maxwell (Bogton) John Meek (Henshilwood) John Menzies of Dalquhairn John Menzies of Wintercleuch John Miller (Long Calderwood) John Murray (Bo'ness) John Neilson of Corsack John Nisbet of Hardhill John Park (d.1685) John Paterson (Bothwellshields) John Paterson (Daldilling) John Paton of Meadowhead John Porterfield of Duchal John Potter John Russell (Eastfield) John Russell of Arns John Russell of Cat Craig John Semple John Semple (Lanark) John Shaw (Easter Greenhill) John Steel of Over Waterhead John Steel of Windhill John Stewart (Shawwood) John Taylor (Holehouse) John Umphrey (d.1685) John Waddel (d.1679) John Watt John Welsh of Cornlee John White (Neuck) John Whytelaw (d.1683) John WIlson (d.1683) John Wilson (Highflat) John Wilson (Lindsayshill) Keir parish Kells parish Kilbride parish Kilconquhar parish Kilmacolm parish Kilmarnock parish Kilwinning parish Kippen parish Kirkcowan parish Kirkcudbright parish Kirkcudbrightshire Kirkinner parish Kirkmabreck parish Kirkmichael parish Lanark parish Lanarkshire Largo parish Laurence Hay Lesmahagow parish Lilliesleaf parish Linlithgowshire Linton parish Lochwinnoch parish lord Melville Loudoun parish Major Alexander Ross Major Henderson Marion Harvie Matthew Bryce (Carmunock) Matthew Campbell of Waterhaughs Mauchline parish Maybole parish Melrose parish Minnigaff parish Mochrum parish Monmouth Muiravonside parish New Monkland parish Newbattle parish Nicolas Cochrane (Melrose) Nithsdale Ochiltree parish Old Monkland parish Parton parish Patrick Dunbar (Machermore) Patrick Foreman Patrick Heron of Little Park Patrick Hume of Polwarth Patrick MacDougall of Freugh Patrick Murdoch of Cumloden Peebles parish Peeblesshire Perthshire Renfrewshire Richard Rumbold (d.1685) Robert Baillie of Jerviswood Robert Ferguson Robert Fleming of Auchenfin Robert Fullerton of Bennalls Robert Garnock Robert Goodwin Robert Gray (d.1682) Robert Hamilton Robert Hamilton of Monkland Robert Lennox (d.1685) Robert Lockhart of Bankhead Robert Lockhart of Birkhill Robert Martin Robert McClellan of Balmagachan Robert McClelland of Barscobe Robert Miller (d.1685) Robert Pollock (d.1685) Robert Russell of Windyedge Robert Sangster Robert Smith (Kilroy) Robert Steel (Stane) Robert Steven (Newlands) Roxburgh Rutherglen parish Samuel Arnot Samuel Grierson of Dalgonar Samuel MacClelland Samuel McEwen (d.1684) Scotland Scottish History Scottish parliament Selkirkshire Shotts parish Sirling parish Slammanan parish Sorn parish St Ninians parish Stewarton parish Stirling Stirlingshire Stonehouse parish Stoneykirk parish Tarbolton parish Teviotdale Thomas Archer (d.1685) Thomas Bogle of Boglehole Thomas Brown (d.1679) Thomas Craig (Jackton) Thomas Crichton of Hole of Balquhassie Thomas Cunningham of Montgreenan Thomas Ferguson of Finnarts Thomas Hamilton of Raith Thomas Harkness Thomas Inglis (Lanark) Thomas Kennedy of Grange Thomas Lauchlan (Lanark) Thomas Lin Thomas MacJarrow of Barr Thomas Paton (Cambusnethan) Thomas Pillans Thomas Robertson (d.1684) Thomas Russell of Middlerigg Thomas Steuart of Coltness Thomas Stoddart (d.1685) Thomas Turnbull of Standhill Thomas Verner Thomas Wood (d.1684) Tongland parish Tweeddale Twynholm parish Uphall parish Urr parish Walter Smith Walter Turnbull of Bewlie Wigtownshire William Boig (d.1683) William Cochrane (d.1682) William Cochrane (d.1683) William Cuthill (d.1681) William Denholm of Westshiels William Falconer (Hamilton) William Ferguson (Lanark) William Ferguson of Caitloch William Gogar William Gordon of Culvennan William Gordon of Dundeugh William Gordon of Earlstoun William Gordon of Holme William Grierson of Lochwharre William Harvie (d.1682) William Lawrie of Blackwood William Murray of Meadowhead William Padzean (Lanerk) William Riddell (Rutherglen) William Spence (Argyll’s secretary) William Thomson (d.1681) William Whitehead of Millhouse William Young
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 28 Jul 2014

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