James Harkness from Dumfriesshire was the special object of loathing for the dragoons. They called him Harkness with the “long gun” and were only too pleased to capture him and treat him with brutal contempt. But strangely, that experience was going to turn out for good to the captain of the persecuting dragoons. Jimmy Fisher tells us more about an unusual incident with lasting consequences which took place in the town of Biggar.

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