Eaglewing - Livingstone`s account.

John Livingstone’s account is given in Reid’s History of the Presbyterian Church:

We had much toil in our preparations and many hindrances in our undertaking, and both sad and glad hearts in taking leave of our friends. At last, about the ninth of September 1636, we loosed from Loch Fergus, but were detained sometime with contrary winds in Loch Ryan in Scotland, and grounded the ship to search some leaks in the keels of the boat. Yet thereafter we set to sea, and for some space had a fair wind, till we were between three and four hundred leagues from Ireland. and so nearer the banks of Newfoundland than any place of Europe. But if ever the Lord spake by his winds and other dispensations, it was made evident to us, that it was not his will that we should go to New England. For we met with a mighty heavy rain out of the north-west, which did break our rudder, which we got mended (by the skill and courage of captain Andrew Agnew, a godly passenger) with much of our gallon-head, and fore cross-trees, and tore our foresail, five or six of our champlets, a great beam under the gunner-room door broke. Seas came in over the round-house and broke a plank or two on the deck, and wet all them that were between the decks. We sprung a leak that gave us seven hundred strokes in two pumps in the half-hour glass. Yet we lay at hull a long time to beat out the storm, till the master and company came one morning, and told it was impossible to hold out any longer; and although we beat out that storm, yet we might be sure in that season of the year we would foregather with one or two more of that sort before we could reach New England.

 After praying and discussing the emergency that had arisen in their plans, they all agreed to return to Ulster:

 The next morning, as soon as we saw day, we turned and made good way with a main course and a little of a fore-top sail; and after some tossing, we came at last, on the third of November, to an anchor in Loch Fergus. During all this time, amidst such fears and dangers, the most part of the passengers were very cheerful and confident; yea, some in prayer had expressed such hopes, that rather than the Lord would suffer such a company in such sort to perish, if the ship should break, he should put wings to our shoulders and carry us safe ashore. I never in my days found the day so short as all that time, although I slept some nights not above two hours, and some none at all, but stood most part in the gallery astern the great cabin, where Mr. Blair and our families lay For in the morning, by the time that every one had been some while alone; and then at prayer in their several societies, and then at public prayer in the ship, it was time to go to dinner; and after that, we would visit our friends in the gunner-room, or those between the decks, or any that were sick, and then public prayer would come, and after that, supper and family exercises. Mr. Blair was much of the time sickly, and lay in time of storm. I was sometimes sick, and then my brother, Mr. McClelland, only performed duty in the ship: several of those between the decks, being throng, were sickly. An aged person and one child died, and were buried in the sea. One woman, the wife of Michael Colvert of Killinchy parish, brought forth a child in the ship; I baptized him on Sabbath following, and called him Seaborn .

 Reid details that there were 140 passengers on the Eagle Wing, among the “little colony, who were about to settle in the uncultivated wilds of America, for the sake of enjoying liberty of conscience” were Mr Blair, Mr Livingstone, Mr Robert Hamilton and Mr ,John McClelland, afterwards ministers in Scotland, the Provost of Ayr. John Stuart, Captain Andrew Agnew, Charles Campbell, John Sumervil, Hugh Brown, and Andrew Brown, a deaf mute from the parish of Lame.

 Source:   James Seaton Reid, The History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, vol. I (Edinburgh, 1834) pp. 202—3. 

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