A Strange Transformation, James Harkness and the Captain – Biggar  – SFH086

A Strange Transformation, James Harkness and the Captain – Biggar – SFH086

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.

“Hanged Without Trial” – Peter Gillies, Skirling – SFH085

“Hanged Without Trial” – Peter Gillies, Skirling – SFH085

We find out about the Covenanter connections with the pretty little village of Skirling. While there is not much information about James Ramage and Alexander Smith, we know much more about Peter Gillies. Driven out of his native district he narrowly escaped from soldiers sent to arrest him. But the next time the curate reported him the soldiers seized him and before he was carried away cruelly interrogated him. Follow his tragic story as told by Jimmy Fisher. Peter’s wife was involved in this incident and she received a letter from her husband while he was a prisoner. It is full of affection and faith committing her and their five children (one newly born) to God’s care.

A Haven from Persecution – Greenhill House, Biggar – SFH084

A Haven from Persecution – Greenhill House, Biggar – SFH084

Often the scene of danger, Greenhill House now stands in a tranquil corner of the town of Biggar. Lady Greenhill was a wise and courageous protector of Covenanters who sought out her home as a place of refuge. She was a wanted woman by the authorities. Once Claverhouse arrived suddenly with a band of soldiers and there was no time to escape or hide. “Is Lady Greenhill within?” he demanded. ” I am Lady Greenhill,” she replied coolly. “If you were the lady, you would not so readily acknowledge it.” Her working clothes made her seem like a mere servant. After a search, they once again demanded the same question. She replied: “I am all that you will get for Lady Greenhill today”. Enraged they continued to search but got nowhere. Listen to some other stories connected to this remarkable place. Once a museum, sadly it is being sold, there are photographs of the interior here. You can sign a petition to retain the house for the community here.

 

Controversial, learned and zealous – John Flint of Lasswade – SFH083

Controversial, learned and zealous – John Flint of Lasswade – SFH083

The long and interesting life of John Flint, encountered many notable theologians. Despite his initial promise and youthful mistakes he proved to be, as Robert Wodrow says, a pious, warm-hearted, useful minister that continued in his commitment to the values of the Covenanters. We visit Lasswade Old Kirk to talk more about this lesser known Covenanting preacher.

“Bringing these persecuted preachings to Lothian” – James Currie and the Moorfoot Conventicles- SFH082

“Bringing these persecuted preachings to Lothian” – James Currie and the Moorfoot Conventicles- SFH082

We are at the remote spot near Mauldslie, close to Gladhouse Reservoir with the Moorfoot Hills as a backdrop. During the first half of 1679 field meetings were held here on the boundary of the Borders and Midlothian. It was a brief window of powerful preaching. James Currie tells us of the dramatic and lasting impact and how they managed to escape being disrupted.

The Man Behind the Memorial – James Currie of Pentland – SFH081

The Man Behind the Memorial – James Currie of Pentland – SFH081

If you have ever viewed and appreciated the Covenanter Martyrs Memorial at Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh, you have James Currie to thank. It is said that Currie indeed sculpted the panel for the memorial himself. But who was he? He himself had experiences of suffering that he could relate and he was a close associate of leading Covenanters. His wife Helen Alexander was another noted Covenanter and the mother of the girl who organised the Children’s Covenant.