Proclamation declaring those persons at Rullion Green to be rebels and traitors, and prohibiting having any contact with them.  [ Mackenzie, History of Galloway, ii, pt 1. p 167-8. Note the title Mr usually indicates a minister of the kirk.]

Proclamation discharging the receipt of the rebels, December 4th, 1666.

 Charles, by the grace of God, King of Scotland, England, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, to all and sundry our lieges and loving subjects whom these presents do or may concern, greeting: forasmuch we, upon the first notice given to our privy council, of the rising and the gathering of these disloyal and seditious persons in the west, who have of late appeared in arms, in a desperate and avowed rebellion against us, our government, and laws, we declare them to be traitors, and discharge all our subjects to assist , reset, supply or correspond with any of them, under the pain of treason; and the said rebels and traitors being now, by the blessing of God upon our forces, subdued, dissipated and scattered, and such of them as were not either killed or taken in the field, being lurking in the country; and we being unwilling that any of our good subjects should be ensnared or brought in trouble by them, have therefore, by the advice of our privy council, thought fit again to hereby to discharge and inhibit all our subjects, that none of them offer or presume to harbour, reset, supply, or correspond, hide or conceal, the persons of Colonel James Wallace, major Learmont; Maxwell of Monrief younger; Maclellan of Barscob; Gordon of Parbreck; Maclellan of Balmagachan; Cannon of Burnshalloch younger; Cannon of Barley younger;  Cannon of Mordrogget younger; Welsh of Skar; Welsh of Cornley; Gordon of Garery in Kells; Robert Chalmers brother to Gadgrith; Henry Grier of Balmaclellan; David Scott in Irongray; John Gordon in Midton of Dalry; William Gordon there; John Macnaught there; Robert and Gilbert Cannons there; Gordon of Bar elder in Kirkpatrick Durham; Patrick Macnaught in Cumnock; John Macnaught, his son; Gordon of Holm younger; Dempster of Carridow; Grier of Dalgoner;  -  of Sundiwall; Ramsay in the Mains of Arniston; John Hutchison in Newbottle;  Row chaplain to Scotstarbet; Patrick Liston in Calder; William Liston his son; James Wilkie in the Mains of Cliftonhall;  the Laird of Caldwell; the goodman of Caldwell;  the laird of Kersland; the Laird of Bedlandcunningham;  Porterfield of Quarrelton; Alexander Porterfield, his brother; Lockhart of Wicketshaw; Trail son to Mr Robert Trail; David Poe in Pokelly; Mr Gabriel Semple; John Semple; Mr John Guthrie; Mr John Welsh;  Mr Samuel Arnot;  Mr James Smith;  Mr Alexander Peden; Mr Orr; Mr William Veitch; Mr Patton; Mr Cruikshanks; Mr Gabriel Maxwell; Mr John Carstairs; Mr James Mitchell; Mr William Forsyth, or any others who concurred or joined in the late rebellion, or who, upon account thereof, have appeared in arms  in any part of that our  kingdom; but that they pursue them as the worst of traitors, and present and deliver such of them as they  shall have within their power, to the lords of our privy council, the sheriff of the county, or the magistrates of the next adjacent burgh royal, to be made by them forthcoming to law ; certifying all such as be found to fail in their duty herein, they shall be esteemed and punished as favourers of the said rebellion, and as persons accessory to, and guilty of the same. And to the end, all our good subjects may have timeous notice hereof, we do ordain these presents to be forthwith printed, and published at the market crosses of Edinburgh, Ayr, Lanark, Glasgow, Irvine, Wigtown, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries, and remnent market crosses of our said kingdom: and we do recommend to the right reverend our archbishops and bishops, to give orders that this our proclamation be with all possible diligence read on the Lord`s day, in all churches within their several dioceses.Given at Edinburgh, the fourth day of December, and our reign the eighteenth year, one thousand six hundred and sixty six.

Most of the ministers among the above named  seem to have come from Dumfries & Galloway region, including:

Samuel Arnot  of Tongland.

John Semple of Carsphairn.

Gabriel Semple of Kirkpatrick Durham.

John Guthrie  of  Tarbolton.

John Welsh of Irongray.

Alexander Peden of New Glenluce.

William Veitch. Chaplain to Sir Hugh Campbell of Cawdor until 1664 before he was  forced out by the Bishop of  Moray. Helped the 9th Earl escape from Scotland and involved in the 1685 invasion by the Earl, which failed. Major Learmont was his son in law.

Robert Trail, son of Robert Trail, minister in Edinburgh 1661.

James Mitchell tried to assassinate Archbishop Sharp in 1668, but failed.

John Carstairs had earned Sharp`s spite by witnessing the declaration of James Wood in 1664 that he had not renounced Presbytery - as maliciously alleged.

Mr Patton is probably Robert Paton, minister of Terreglese.

John Crookshanks, an Irish Presbyterian minister was in fact killed and buried at Rullion Green along with his companion Andrew McCormick. They were both refugees from Ireland having been involved in the Captain Blood  plot to rebel against King Charles.

Mr Orr may have been connected to the Lochwinnoch Orrs who had Covenanters among their number. He might also be related ( father ) to Alexander Orr  (1650-1710) who was minister at Beith  in 1689 and then at St Quivox until his death.


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