James Guthrie and the Old Mercat Cross, Edinburgh – SFH042

James Guthrie and the Old Mercat Cross, Edinburgh – SFH042

Many Covenanters were executed by the State at the Old Mercat Cross in Edinburgh.  Matthew Vogan is on the Royal Mile to tell us about James Guthrie, the second person to be executed at the Mercat Cross in Edinburgh on the 1st June 1661, only 5 days after Archibald Campbell, the Marquis of Argyll.

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Parliament Square, Edinburgh – SFH041

Parliament Square, Edinburgh – SFH041

What connects the statue of King Charles II, Parliament Hall and John Knox’s Grave marker at car park space 23 in Parliament Square, Edinburgh?  Matthew Vogan pieces the picture together for a group of Dutch students visiting Scotland in this week’s episode.

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Lilias Dunbar and Thomas Ross – Kilravock Castle, Croy, Inverness – SFH040

Lilias Dunbar and Thomas Ross – Kilravock Castle, Croy, Inverness – SFH040

Many of the hotbeds of Covenanter activity were in Dumfries & Galloway or Ayrshire, but not all.  This week, Matthew Vogan is at Kilravock Castle (pronounced “Kilrawk”) near the village of Croy, between Inverness and Nairn to tell us about some of the Covenanters that we know about from around that area. The best overview of this region at the time is The Covenanters in Moray and Ross by Murdoch MacDonald

LILIAS DUNBAR

This is the best account of the life of Lilias Dunbar. It uses her autobiography. The Ladies of the Covenant: Memoirs of Distinguished Female Characters, Embracing the Period of the Covenant and the Persecution

THOMAS ROSS

Thomas Ross  was one of those ministers who refused to accept episcopacy and was thrown out of his church in 1662.  After spending some time in prison, he ended up spending his last year at home very ill.

Captain Paton’s Sword – Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh – SFH039

Captain Paton’s Sword – Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh – SFH039

The sword featured in “Scotland’s Forgotten Suffering” (episode three of Scotland’s Forgotten History) was owned by Captain John Paton from Fenwick in Ayrshire.  He fought with the Covenanters at the Pentland Rising, Battle of Drumclog and Battle of Bothwell Bridge.  He was executed in the Grassmarket on 9 May 1684.  Matthew Vogan is in the Magdalen Chapel where Paton’s body would have been prepared prior to burial in the nearby Greyfriars Kirkyard.

 

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