I'm new to this group, but would venture to suggest that some of the
sources being looked at could be usefully augmented.
"A Cloud of Witnesses" by John H. Thomson, (originally published in
1714, in Edinburgh) republished by Sprinkle in (I think)1989 covers
the martyrdom of some 60 Scottish martyrs. It also has appendices
listing some those banished, though not always by name. An example
of a fuller list might be the following:
"Anno 1686, March 30 were banished to Barbadoes, John Stewart, James
Douglas, John Russel, James Hamilton, William Hannay, George White,
Gilbert McCulloch, Thomas Brown, John Brown, William Hay, John
Wright, John Richard, Alexander Bailie, Marion Weir, Bessie Weir,
Isabel Steel, Isabel Cassils, Agnes Keir."
"A Cloud of Witnesses" gives an insight into the "killing times" when
Scots were murdered for mere suspicion of covenanting activity. A
result of this was the fleeing of many Scots to North America to
escape persecution - sometimes via Ireland.
My own curiosity is the fate of the family of John Richmond of
Galston Ayrshire, who was beheaded at Glasgow Cross on 19th March,
1684, his head then being fixed on a spike above the Tolbooth, for
having allegedly been at the Battle of Bothwell and for having
In his speech he refers to his wife and baby. What became of them?
I'd be grateful for any information which may be out there.