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would soon be there. It was at once resolved to leave. The better to baffle the soldiers, they separated into two parties, one going in the direction of Durrisdeer, and the other to Kirkhope. But the soldiers also divided, and gained on the party in which Daniel M‘Michael was. At his earnest request, they hid him in a cave, concealed under the brow of a mountain-stream. Here, however, the dogs that accompanied the soldiers scented him out, and he was dragged from his retreat, and carried to Durrisdeer.
Many questions were put to him, which he declined to answer, and many things were laid to his charge, which he denied, and said he knew nothing of. At length he was told that unless he took the oath, in token of recognition of the government in Church and State, he must die. “Sir," he replied, “ that is what, in all things, I cannot do; but very cheerfully I submit to the Lord's disposal as to my life.” “Do you not know," said the commander, “ your life is in my hand?” “No, sir," he rejoined, "I know my life is in the Lord's hand; and if He see good, He can make you the instrument to take it away." He was then ordered to prepare for death next day. “If my life," he replied, “must go for His cause, I am willing ; my God will prepare me.” “That night,” says Wodrow," he enjoyed a sweet time of communion and fellowship with God, and great outlets of joy and consolation ; so that some of the soldiers desired to die his death, and not a few convictions were left in their bosoms."
The soldiers had determined to take him north next day to Crawford, where their main body was stationed, but his feeble state compelled them to halt on the way, at the entrance to Dalveen Pass, where they ordered him to prepare for death. They gave him liberty to pray, which he did to the wonder of the bystanders. He sang part of Psalm xlii., and read John xvi., and spoke, "with much gravity and solidity," to Captain Dalziel. After the napkin had been put over his face, he said, “Lord, Thou broughtest Daniel through many straits, and hast brought me, Thy servant, hither, to witness for Thee and Thy cause. Into Thy hands I commit my spirit, and hope to praise Thee through all eternity.” He then gave the sign to the soldiers, when the four appointed fired, and he fell dead. A monument marks the place where he fell. His remains rest in Durrisdeer churchyard. The inscription over them is in the Appendix. -ED.)
HE said Captain Dalziel and Lieutenant Straiton, with their
men, found William Adam hiding in a bush, and instantly
killed him, at the Wellwood, parish of Muirkirk, in Kyle, February 1685.
[Wodrow says there was no charge against him; but that he was thrashing, and seeing Sir Robert Dalziel's dragoons approaching, and fearing lest they should come upon him in the barn, and put the usual questions to him, he went out at the back, and hid himself in a marshy piece of ground, among some bushes. The soldiers saw him running away, and searched for him, and when they found him, instantly killed him. The place where his body lies is quite in keeping with this account. It is a sequestered spot, by the side of a brookthe Proscribe Burn--and the ground rising up from it is besprinkled with clumps of reeds. Dr Simpson, in his “Gleanings among the Mountains," gives a much more romantic version, although by no means irreconcilable with that by the historian, of the story of his death. He was about to be married to a pious young woman, and he had appointed a meeting with her by the brook. He was first there, and profitably to spend the time till she came, he took out his Bible, and began to read. He had not read long till his eye caught the dragoons close upon him. He started to his feet.
He started to his feet. They immediately rode up to him, and shot him dead on the spot. Meanwhile his betrothed was hastening to the meeting-place, and heard the sound of firearms from the direction whither she was going. The tradition says, she feared the worst, and her fears seemed justified as she saw the horsemen coming. She met the horsemen as she was passing along a wooden bridge over the river Ayr, while they were crossing the same stream. One of the dragoons, riding close by the side of the bridge, drew his sword, and struck her with its broadside, as if he would push her into the water. Embittered in spirit, and her courage roused, it was the work of a moment to wrap her apron round her hand, to seize the sword by the blade, wrench it out of the soldier's hand, snap it in two, and fling the pieces into the water. This done, she ran to the meeting place, to find her William lying dead on the ground.--ED.]
APTAIN BRUCE, captain of dragoons, apprehended James
Kirko (of the parish of Keir), at the intelligence of one
James Wright, carried him to Dumfries, detained him prisoner one night, next day (May 13, 1685) brought him forth to the water sands, and, without process, shot him dead. The dying man desired a little time to make his peace with God; the captain answered, oftener than once or twice, “No, no, no more time, devil peace ye get more made up.” Some gentlewomen coming to beg his life, were hindered by one John Craik, of Stewarton. The foresaid Dalziel's second son was one of them that shot him, though without command.
[Wodrow adds, he calmly replied, “Sir, you mistake it ; you cannot mar my peace with God.” At this the captain raged, and cried to the soldiers," Dogs, make ready," and so they shot him dead, without giving him time to pray. The inscription on the monument over his remains is in the Appendix. ---Ed.)
HE said Captain Bruce surprised at Lochenkit, in the parish
of Kirkpatrick (Durham), in Galloway, six men, and in
stantly killed dead four of them, viz., John Gordon, William Stewart, William Heron, and John Wallace, and carried the other two, Edward Gordon and Alexander M'Cubin, of Glencairn, prisoners, and the next day, he and monstrous (Sir Robert Grierson of] Lagg, without any trial, caused hang them upon a growing tree, near the Kirk of Irongray, and left them there hanging, 19th February 1685.
[William Heron and Alexander M'Cubin were from Glencairn, the other four were from Galloway. William Heron, John Gordon, William Stuart, and John Wallace, lie buried where they were shot in Lochenkit Muir. A monument marks the spot. The inscription is in the Appendix. Alexander M‘Cubin and Edward Gordon were next day taken to Irongray. The oak tree on which they were hanged is one of a clump, and all grow out of what is evidently a cairn. When they were brought to the tree foot, a friend of Alexander M'Cubin asked him if he had any word to send to his wife. “I leave her,” he replied, “and the two babes upon the Lord, and to His promise ; a Father to the fatherless, and Husband to the widow, is the Lord in His holy habitation.” When the hangman asked forgiveness, he said, “ Poor man, I forgive thee and all men ; thou hast a miserable calling upon earth.” They both died, says Wodrow, in much composure and cheerfulness.-Ed.]
HE said Captain Bruce and his men took out of his bed
Thomas M'Haffie, sick of a fever, and shot him instantly,
in the parish of Straiton, in Carrick, January 1685. [Thomas M‘Haffie is described by Wodrow as son to John M'Haffie, in the Largs, in the parish of Straiton, Ayrshire. He was well-known in the district for his piety. Dr Simpson tells of an escape he made from the soldiers when on his way to a meeting near Maybole. On the morning on which he was shot, he was concealed in a glen on the farm of Linfairn, about three miles to the south of the village of Straiton. He was then ill of fever, caught from exposure in the damp caves in which he had been forced to hide himself from his enemies. In this condition he heard the approach of the soldiers, when he rose from his hiding-place and fled. He reached the house of a friend, but so exhausted that he at once threw himself upon a bed. Captain Bruce and his soldiers speedily reached the house, and made him their prisoner. He was examined in the usual manner, but he declined to answer their questions. The abjuration oath was offered him, which he declined. Bruce then ordered his soldiers to drag him from the bed, which they immediately did, and took him out to the high road, and without any further process, shot him dead. A stone on the farm of Linfairn marks the spot where he fell. His remains are in the churchyard of Straiton. The inscription on the monument over them is in the Appendix.—ED.)
JAMES DOUGLAS, cornet of dragoons, commanded to shoot
John Semple, essaying to escape out of a window, in the
parish of Dailly, anno 1685. Kilkerran shot him. . Wodrow gives an account of the murder of John Semple, which he says has been attested by several honest people yet in the parish of Dailly, from their particular knowledge of all its circumstances. It is of touching simplicity. John Semple was a person who lived a very quiet and innocent life with his wife, and three or four children. He never carried arms, nor gave the least disturbance to the government, only from a principle of conscience he came not to the church to hear the Episcopal ministers; and being given to hospitality, and of a compassionate temper, he did sometimes harbour those poor people who were then hunted for their lives.
Upon these accounts, April this year 1685, Alexander Fergusson, of Kilkerran, living at Moorston, a country house about a mile from Eldington, went to Blawhan garrison, commanded by Dundas, and informed against John Semple. The commander detached a party about sunset, Alexander Fergusson being their guide, who conducted them first to his own house at Moorston, where they supped. About midnight, when they reckoned he would be at home, and all ready for their purpose, they came straight towards Eldington, and surrounded the house. John Semple hearing the sound of their feet, and whispering about the house, dreaded what was the matter, and having a right thought of their design, considered with himself what to do in that extremity, and at length concluded to venture his escape out at a narrow window, which while he was endeavouring, and half out and half in, five or six of the party espied him, and discharged their pieces at him, and killed him dead on the spot.--Ed.]
HE said Coronet Douglas apprehended Edward Mackeen,
and by search finding a flint-stone upon him, presently shot
him, without any further trial, February 1685. [Edward M‘Keen would seem to be the same as Edward Kyan, whose murder is narrated by Wodrow. On February 28, 1685, at eleven o'clock at night, Lieutenant or Cornet Douglas, with twentyfour soldiers, surrounded the house of Dalwine, having been informed that there were whigs met together there. They apprehended a David Martin, and finding Edward Kyan, a young man from Galloway, who had come thence to buy corn, and who had fled in between the gable of one house and the sidewall of another, they dragged him out. When questioned, he gave what they reckoned unsatisfactory answers, and as one of the soldiers was dragging him away, Lieutenant Douglas, without further warning, shot him through the head, and as he lay on the ground struggling with death, fired his other pistol at him. Shortly after, one of the soldiers, pretending he saw life in him, fired a third shot at the body. After they had killed Edward Kyan, David Martin was brought out, his coat stripped off him, and he was set on his knees beside the mangled body. When he was about to be shot, at the allegation of one of the soldiers that discoveries might be got out of him, he was spared, but the poor man, through the fear and terror he had been put to, well nigh lost his reason, and was rendered bedfast till his death, four years after.-ED.]
IEUTENANT - GENERAL DRUMMOND commanded,
without any process or trial, John Murchie and Daniel
Meiklewrath to be instantly shot, after they were taken at Altercannock, in the parish of Colmonell, in Carrick, Ayrshire, anno 1685.
At the same time his soldiers did shoot dead Alexander Lin.