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ANNO 1678.- To Virginia 60, whereof three or four were
ministers, who were all by the mercy of God delivered at
London. [In May 1678, a conventicle was held at Williamwood, in the parish of Cathcart, Renfrewshire. John Campbell of Sorn, Matthew Crawford of Eastwood, and some others not mentioned, preached. An alarm was given which dispersed the meeting. Several of the ministers escaped, but the dragoons pursued the people that had been assembled, and about seventy were taken prisoners to Glasgow. Among others were the well-known Alexander Peden, Robert Meikle, chaplain to Sir James Stewart, and Adam Abercorn, chaplain. After a few days' confinement they were taken to Edinburgh. On May 28th, and June 13th, the Council banished them to his majesty's plantations in the Indies, and Ralph Williamson of London gave security that he would transport them and sell them to the best advantage. They lay in prison till December, when a warrant was given to deliver them to Edward Johnston, captain of the St Michael of Scarborough, lying at Leith. Their names, amounting to sixty-seven, are given in Wodrow. The passage between Leith and Gravesend was five days longer than Williamson had expected, and when the ship arrived he was not to be found. The captain waited for some time, and as provisions ran short, and Williamson did not appear, he set them ashore and left them to shift for themselves. Wodrow says that the country people were very kind to them when they knew the cause of their sufferings, and they generally got home safe after they had been absent from their homes about nine months. Wodrow also gives, under the same year 1678, the sentence of banishment passed upon William Temple, James Miller in Kirkcaldy, David Barclay, Robert Marnock, and seven or eight more; John Harroway, Alexander Buchanan in Bucklyvie, and three or four others there ; Andrew Buchanan in Shargarton, and three more tenants there; Thomas and William Govans, and nine others.--ED.)
NNO 1679.--Of the prisoners taken at Bothwell were banished
to America, 250 (rather 257. See fuller account in prefatory
note to the testimony of John Malcolm, p. 66), who were taken away by (William) Paterson, merchant in Leith, who transacted for them with Provost Milns, laird of Barnton (and bailie or provost of Linlithgow), the man that first burned the Covenant : whereof
two hundred were drowned by shipwreck at a place called the Moul Head of Deerness, in Orkney, being shut up by the said Paterson's order beneath the hatches; fifty only escaped. The names, so many of them as could be had, follow; those who escaped being marked with a star for distinction's sake. Out of the shire of CLYDESDALE : City of Glasgow, Francis Wodrow, Walter M'Kechnie, Alex
ander Pirie, William Miller.
John Clark, William Rodger.
bert Chalmers, John Thomson,* John Killen, Alexander
Mathie, William Miller, John Wynet, James Waddel, John
Gardner,* Thomas Barton,
Alison, Andrew Torrence, Thomas Brownlee, John Watson,
William Alison, Andrew Aiton.
Drafin,* [after his escape he was conveyed to America.--Ed.]
David Bitchet, Robert Tod, John White, Robert Wallace,*
John Wylie, William Bitchet.
Walter Humper, younger,* Hugh Cameron,* Quintin
Parish of Ochiltree, Andrew Welsh.
William Brown, Patrick Watt,* Robert Anderson, James
Anderson. Parish of Stewarton, Thos. Wylie, Andrew Wylie, Robt. Wylie. Parish of Barr, Alexander Burden. Parish of Colmonell, Thomas M'Lurg, John M'Cornock, John
M'Lellan. Parish of Girvan, William Caldwell. Parish of Dalry, David M'Cubbin, William M'Culloch. Parish of Maybole, William Rodger, Mungo Eccles, John
M'Whirter, Thomas Horn, Robert M'Garron, John M'Harie. Parish of Craigie, George Dunbar.* Parish of Straiton, James M‘Murrie, Alexander Lamb, George
Douglass, John M'Tire, James M'Connel.
Parish of Newburn, James Beal.
Parish of Strathmiglo, Robert Boog.
Town of Kinross, James Lilburn.
Parish of Orwell, Robert Kirk,* Robert Sands.*
Parish of Kilmadock, John Christison.
Parish of Glendevon, John Murie and Andrew Murie.
Parish of Eastwood, James Cunningham.
Out of the shire of LENNOX [i.e., Dumbarton] :
Parish of New Kilpatrick, James Finlayson.
Parish of Drummond, Daniel Cunningham.
Thomas Brown, James Buchanan.
John Neilson, John M'Nure.
Muiravonside, Thomas Phalp.
Pender,* James Easton, John Easton,* Andrew Easton,
John Addie, Alexander Bishop. Dalmeny, John Thomson. Livingston, Thomas Inglis, Patrick Hamilton, John Bell,
Patrick Wilson, William Younger, William Henderson, John
Parish of Kinneil [now Borrowstounness), Andrew Murdoch.
Musselburgh, William Reid.
Parish of Dunbar, James Tod.
Out of the shire of NITHSDALE :
Milligan, John Milligan,* John Murdoch,* John Smith,*
William Ferguson,* James Colvil, Thomas Rosper. Parish of Closeburn, Thomas Milligan, John Kennedy. Out of the shire of GALLOWAY : Parish of Kirkcudbright, James Corson, Andrew M'Quhan,*
John M‘Bratney,* John M'Gie.* [Wodrow gives an extract from a letter of James Corson, dated Leith Roads, in which he says that all the trouble they met with since Bothwell was not to be compared to one day in their present circumstances, that their uneasiness was beyond words, yet, that the consolations of God overbalanced all; and expresses his hope that they are near their port, and that heaven is
open for them.--Ed.) Parish of Balmaghie, Robert Caldow,* Jarnes Houston. Parish of Kelton, James Donaldson. Parish of Kirkmabreck, Robert Brown, Samuel Beck, Samuel
Hannay. Parish of Penninghame, John M'Tagart, Alexander Murray.* Parish of Borgue, Andrew Sprot, Robert Bryce, John Richard
son,* John Martine, * John Brice, William Thomson. Parish of Girthon, Andrew Donaldson. Parish of Dalry, John Smith, * John Malcolm.*
“Dying Testimony," p. 66. Irongray, Andrew Wallet. Balmaclellan, John Edgar.* Lochrutton, Andrew Clark. * Ettrick Forest, John Scot.
Parish of Galashiels, Robert Macgill,* Robert Young. Out of the shires of MERSE and TEVIOTDALEParish of Nethan [i.e., Nenthorn), Samuel Nisbet, John Deans,
James Aitchison.* Parish of Cavers, James Leydon,* John Glasgow,* William
Glasgow,* John Greenshields, Richard Young, Samuel
Douglas, James Young,* James Hopkirk.