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LIFE
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That most excellent minister of the gospel, and
faithful defender of the Presbyterian Religion,
Mr. Ake%aHi>eh Peden, was born in the parish
of Sorn, near Ayr. After his course at the College, he was sometime school-master, precentor,
and session-clerk t# Mr. John Guthrie, minister
of the gospel at Tarbolton. When he was about
to enter on the ministry, a young woman fell
with child, in adultery, to a servant in the house
where she stayed; when she found herself to be
so, she told the father thereof, who said, 111 run
for it, and go to Ireland,, father it upon Mr. Pe-
den, he has more to help you to bring it up (he
having a small heritage) than I have. The same
day that he was to get his licence, she came in
before the Presbytery and said, I hear you are to
licence Mr. Peden, to be a minister; but doit
not, for I am jvith child to him, He being
without at the time, was called in by the moder- 1
ator; and being questioned about it, he said, J
am utterly surprised, I cannot speak ; but let none
entertain an ill thought of me, for I am utterly
free of it, and God will vindicate .me in his own
time and way. Pie went home, and walked at a
water-side upwards of 24 .hours, and would neither eat nor drink, but said, I have got what I
was seeking, and I will be .-vindicated., and that
poor unhappy lass will pay dear for it in her life,
and will make a dismal end; and for this surfeit
of grief that she hath given me, there shall never
one of her sex come into my bosom ; and, accordingly lie never married. There are various reports of the way that he was vindicated; some
say, the time she wasin child-birth, Mr. Guthrie
charged her to give account w7ho was the father
of that child, and discharged the women to be
helpful to her, until she did it: some say, that
she confessed : others, that she remained obstinate. Some of the people when I made enquiry
about it in that country-side, affirmed,, that the
Presbytery had been at all pains about it, and
could get no satisfaction, they appointed Mr.
Guthrie to give a full relation of the whole before the congregation, which he did; and the
same day the father of the child being present,
when he heard Mr. Guthrie begin to speak, he
stood up, and desired him to halt, and said, I am
the father oi ?Wt chile
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desired her to fa*
 ther it on Mr. Peden, which has been a great
trouble of conscience to me ; and I could not get
rest till I came home to declare it. However it
is certain, that after she was married, every thing
went cross to them ; and they went from place to
place, and were reduced to great poverty. At
last she came to that same spot of ground where
he stayed upwards of 24 hours, and made awray
with herself!
2. After this he was three years settled minister at New Glenluce in Galloway; and when
he was obliged, by the violence and tyranny of
that time, to leave that parish, he lectured upon
Acts xx. 17. to the end, and preached upon the
31st. verse in the forenoon, ' Therefore watch,
and remember that for the space of three years I
ceased not to warn every one, night and day,
with tears: Asserting that he had declaredthe
whole counsel of God, and had kept nothing back
and protested that he was free of the blood of all
souls. And, in the afternoon he preached on the
32d verse, \ And now, brethren, I commend you
to God, and to the word of his grace, which is
able to build you up, and to give you an inher
itance among all them that are sanctified.'
Which was a weeping day in that kirk; the greatest part could not contain themselves : He many
times requested them to be silent: but they sor-
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rowed most of all when he told them that they
should never see his face in that pulpit again.
He continued until night; and when he closed
the pulpit-door he knocked hard upon it three
times with his Bible, saying three times over, I
arrest in my Master's name, that never one enter
there, but such as come in by the door, as I did.
Accordingly, neither curate nor indulged minister ever entered that pulpit, until after the revolution, that a Presbyterian minister opened it.
3. After this he joined with that honest and
zealous handful in the year 1666, that was broken
at Pentland-hills, and came the length of Clyde
with them, where he had a melancholy view of
their end, and parted with them there. James
Cubison, of Paluchbeaties, my informer, to whom
he told this, he said to him, ' Sir, you did wel]
that parted with them, seeing you was persuaded
they wouid fall and flee before the enemy.—Glory
glory to God, that he sent me not to hell immediately ! for I should have stayed with them
though I should have been cut all in pieces.
4. That night the Lord's people fell, and fled
before the enemy at Pentland-hills, he was in a
friend's house in Carrick, sixty miles from Edinburgh ; his landlord seeing him mightily troubled
enquired how it was with him; he said,4 To morrow I will speak with you,4 and desired some can-
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die. That night he went to bed. The next
morning calling early to his landlord, said, ' I
have sad news to tell you, our friends that were
together in arms, appearing for Christ's interest,
are now broken, killed, taken, and fled every
man. '—the truth of which was fully verified in
abotit 48 hours thereafter.
5. After this, in June 1673, he was taken by
Major Cockburii, in the house of Hugh Ferguson, of Knockdow, in Carrick, who constrained
him to tarry all night. Mr. Peden told him that
it would be a dear night to them both. Accordingly they -were both carried prisoners to Edinburgh, Hugh Ferguson was fined in a thousand
merles, for resetting, harbouring, and conversing
with him. The Council ordered fifty pounds
sterling, to be paid to the Major out ofi^he fines,
ancl ordained him to divide twenty-five pounds
sterling among the party that apprehended him.
Some time after examination he was sent prisoner
to the Bass, where, and at Edinburgh, he remained until December, 1668, that he was banished.
6.:    While prisoner in the Bass, one Sabbath-
morning being about the public worship of God
a young lass, about  13 or 14 years of age, came
to the chamber-door Blocking with loud laughter: He, said,   '  Poor thing*,  thou  mocks mid
laughs at the worship of God, but ere long God
shall write such a sudden, surprising judgment
on thee,  that shall stay thy laughing, and thou
shalt not escape it.'    Very shortly after, she was
wralking upon the rock,  and there came a blast
ot wind and sweeped her into the sea, where she
perished.    While prisoner there, one day walking
upon the rock, some soldiers passing by him, one
of them said, Devil take him.    He said, Fy, fy,
poor man, thou knowest not what thou art saying;
but thou wilt repent that.—At which word the
soldier stood astonished, and wrent to the guard
distracted, crying aloud for Mr. Peden, sayings
the devil Wrould immediately take him away.    He
came to him again, and found him in his right
mind under deep convictions of great guilt.    The
guard being to change, they desired him to go
to his arms; he refused, and said, he would lift
no arms against Jesus Christ his cause, and persecute his people, he had done that too long.    The
governor threatened him with death, to-morrow
jibout ten of the clock; he confidently said, three
times, though he should tear all his body in pieces, he should never lift arms that way.    About
three days after
garrison, setting hiu
and children,  took, a   house  In   East -:Lothian*
where he became a singular-: Christian.    Mr,:.Pe«
l, the governor put
abnore.
him out of the
He having a wife
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den told these astonishing passages to the foresaid John   Cubison and others, who  informed
me.
7. When brought from the Bass to Edinburgh and sentence of banishment passed upon
him, in Dec. 1678. and sixty more fellow-prisoners, for the same cause, to go to America, never to be seen in Scotland again, under the pain
of death; after this sentence was past, he several
times said, that the ship was not yet built that
should take him and these prisoners to Virginia;
or any other of the English plantations in A-
merica—One James Kay, a solid and grave
Christian, being one of them, w7ho lives in or
about the Water of Leith, told me, that Mr. Peden said to him, f James, when your wife comes
in, let me see her;' which he did After some
discourse, he called for a drink, and when he
sought a blessing, he said. k Good Lord, let not
James Kay's wife miss her husband, till thou return him to her in peace and safety; which we
are sure will be sooner than either he or she is looking for.' Accordingly, the same day-month that
he parted with her at Leith, he came home to
her at the Water of Leith.
8. When they were on shipboard at the Water of Leith, there was a report that the enemies
were to send down thumbkins to keep them from
rebelling; at the report of this, they were discouraged : Mr. Peden came above the deck and
said, f Why are ye discouraged ? You need not
fear, there will neither thumbkins nor bootkins
come here : lift up your hearts and heads, for the
day of your redemption draweth near; if we were
once at London, we will be set at liberty.'—And
when sailing on the voyage, praying publicly, he
said, i Lord, such is the enemies hatred at thee
and malice at us for thy sake, that they will not
let us stay in thy land of Scotland, to serve thee,
though some of us have nothing but the canopy
of thy heavens above us, and  the earth to tread
upon; but, Lord, we bless thy name, that will
cut short our voyage, and frustrate thy enemies
of their wicked design, that they will not get us
where they intend; and some of us shall go richer   home  than we   came   from home.'    James
Pride, who lived in Fife, an honest man, being
one of them, he said many times, he could assert
the truth of this, for he came safely home; and
beside other things, he bought two cows: and before that, he never had one.    I had these accounts
both from the foresaid James Kay and Robert
Punton, a known public man, worthy of all credit,
who was also under the same sentence, and lived
in the parish of Dalmeny, near Queensferry,
9,    When they arrived at London, the skipper
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who received them at Leith, was to carry them no
further. The skipper who was to receive them
there, and carry them to Virginia, came to see
them, they being represented to him as thieves,
robbers, and evil-doers; but when he found they
were all grave Christian men, banished for Presbyterian principles, he said he would sail the sea
with none such. In this confusion : that the one
skipper wrould not receive them, and the other
would keep them no longer, being expensive to
maintain them they wrere all set at liberty. Some
reported that both skippers got compliments from
friends at London; however, it is certain they
were all set free without any imposition of bonds
or oaths;, and friends at London, and on their
way homewards, through England shewed much
kindness unto them.
10. That dismal day, Jime 22d. 1679, at
Bothwel-bridge, that the Lord's people fell, and
fled before the enemy, he was forty miles distant,
^near the border, and kept himself retired until the
middle of the day, that some friends said to him,
5 Sir, the people are waiting for sermon/ He
said, < Let the people go to their prayers; for
me, I neither can nor will preach any this day;
for our friends are fallen, and lied before the
enemy at Hamilton ; and .'they are hanging an^
hashing them down, and their blood is running
like water!
11.    After this, he was preaching in Galloway:
in the forenoon he prayed earnestly for the prisoners taken, at and about Bothwel; but in the afternoon, when he. began to pray for them, he
halted and said, < Our friends at Edinburgh, the
prisoners, have done something to save their lives
that shall not do with them, for the sea-billows
shall be many  of their winding-sheets; and the
few of tliem that escape, shall not be useful to
God in their generation.'    Which was sadly verified thereafter.    That which the greatest part of
I     these prisoners did, was the taking of that bond,
commonly called the Black Bond, after Bothwel,
wherein they acknowledged their appearance in
arms, for the defence of the gospel and their own
livesj to be rebellion; and engaged themselves
never to make any more opposition: upon the doing of which, these perfidious enemies promised
them life and-, liberty.    This with the cursed and
Btibtile arguments and advices of ministers, who
went into the New Yard, where they were prig*
oners,   particularly   Mr. Hugh  Keixendy, Mr.
William   Crighton, Mr. Edward Jamieson, and
Mr. George Johnston; these took their turn ill
the yard where the prisoners were, together witK
a letter that was sent from that Erastianmeeting
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ef ministers, met at Edinburgh in August 1679,
for the acceptance of a third indulgence, with a
cautionary bond. Notwithstanding of the enemies' promise, and the unhappy advice of ministers not indulged, after they were ensnared in
this foul compliance, they banished 255, whereof
205 perished in the Orkney-sea. This foul step,
as some of them told, both in their life, and when
dying, lay heavy upon them all their days; and
that these unhappy arguments and advices of ministers, prevailed more with them than the enemies' promise of life and liberty. In August
1679, fifteen of the Bothwel-prisoners got indictments of death. Mr. Edward Jamieson, a
worthy Presbyterian minister, as Mr. Woodrow
calls him, was sent from that Erastian meeting
of ministers into the Tolbooth to these fifteen,
who urged the lawfulness of taken the bond to
save their lives ; and the refusal of it would be a
reflection to religion, and the cause they had appeared for, and a throwing away their lives, for
which their friends would not be able to vindicate
them. He prevailed with thirteen of them, which
soured in the stomachs of some of those thirteen,
and lay heavy upon them both in their life and
death. The prisoners taken at and about the
time of Bothwel, were reckoned about fifteen
hundred,    The faithful Mr, John RlacW.f die
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wiite to these prisoners, dissuading them from
that foul compliance; and some worthy persons
of these prisoners, whom he wrrote to, said to me
with tears, that they slighted his advice, and
swallowed the unhappy advices of these ministers who were making peace with the enemies oi
God, and followed their foul steps, for winch they
would go mourning to their graves. I heard the
same Mr. Blackader preach his last public ser
mon before falling into the enemies' hands in the
night-time in the fields, in the parish of Livingstone, upon the side of the Muir, at New-house,
on the 23d. of March, after Bothwel, where he
lectured upon Micah iv. from the 9th. verse, where
he asserted, That the nearer the delivery, our
pains and showers would come thicker and sorer
upon us ; and that we had been long in the fields,
but ere we were delivered, we would go down to
Babylon ; that either Popery would overspread
this land, or be at the breaking in upon us like
on inundation of water. And preached upoF
that text, cf Let no man be moved with these
afflictions, for ye yourselves know, that ye are appointed thereunto.' Where he insisted on what
moving and shaking dispensations the Lord had
exercised his people with in former ages, especially that man of God, that went to Jeroboam at
Bethel, and delivered his commission faithfull
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and yet was turned out of the way by an old lying prophet; how moving and stumbling the
manner of his death was to all Israel! And earnestly requested us to take good heed to what
ministers we heard,- and what advice we followed. When he prayed, he blessed the Lord that
he was free of both band and rope : and that he
was as clearly willin g to hold up the public blest
standard-of the gospel as ever : And said, The
Lord rebuke, give repentance and forgiveness to
these ministers that persuaded these prisoners to
take that bond. For their "perishing by sea was
more moving and shocking to him, than if some
thousands of them had been slain in the field.
He was thereafter taken, the 6th. of April, by
Major Johnston, in Edinburgh, and detained
prisoner in the Bass, where he died. As the interest of Christ lay near his heart through his life,
amongst his last wrords he said, The.-Lord will'defend his own-cause.
17. Shortly after that sad stroke at Bothwel,
he went to Ireland, but did not stay long at that
time. In his travels through Galloway, he came
to a house, and looking in the gobdman's face, he
said, They call you an honest man, but if you
be so, you look not like it, you will not long
keep that name, but will discover yourself to be
what you are.    And shortly after, he was made
to flee for sheep-stealing. In that short time he
was in Ireland, the Governor required of ail
Presbyterian ministers that were in Ireland, that
they should give it under their hand, that they
had no accession to the late rebellion at Bothwet
bridge, in Scotland, and that they did not approve
of it; which the most part did; and sent Mr.
Thomas Gowans, a Scotsman, and one Mr. Pa-
ton, from the north of Ireland to Dublin, to pre-
sentit to the Lord Lieutenant: the which when
Mr. Peden heard, he said, Mr. Gowans and his
brother Mr. Paton are sent and gone the devil's
errand but God will arrest them by the gate.
And accordingly, Mr. Gowans, by the way, was
struck with a sore sickness, and Mr. Paton fell
from his horse, and broke or crushed his leg; and
both of them were detained beyond expectation.
I had tins account from some wrorthy Christians
when I was in Ireland.
18. In the year 1682. lie married John Brown
in Kyle, at his own house in Priesthall, that singular Christian, upon Marion Weir. ' After marriage; he said to the bride, Marion, you have
got a good man to be your husband, but you
will not enjoy him long s prize his company, and
keep linen by you for his winding-sheet, for you
will need it when you are not looking for it, and
it will be a bloody- one. - This:Came sadly to pa&3
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in the beginning of May, 1685, as afterwards
shall appear.
19. After this, in the year 1682, he went to
Ireland again, and came to the house of William
Steel, in Glenwharry, in the county of Antrim ;
he enquired at Mrs. Steel if she wanted a servant
for threshing victual ? She said they did, and enquired what his wages were a-day, or a-week.
He said, the common rate was a common rule;
to which she assented.—At night he was put to
bed, in the barn, with the servant-lad; and that
night he spent in prayer and groaning:, up and
down the barn. On the morrow he threshed victual with the lad, and the next night he spent the
same way. The second day, in the morning, the
lad said to his mistress, This man sleeps none,
but groans and prays all night; I get no sleep for
him: he threshes very well, and is not sparing of
himself, tho' I think he has not been used with it,
foi he can do nothing to the botteling and ordering of the barn; and when I put the barn in order, he goes to such a place, and there he prays
for the afflicted Church of Scotland, and names
so many in the furnace.—He wrought the second
day, and his mistress watched and overheard him
praying, as the lad had said.—At night she desired her husband to enquire if he was a minister,
whi^h he did, and desired him to be free inth
him, and he should not only be no enemy to him,
but a friend. Mr. Peden said, he was not ashamed of his office; and gave an account of his circumstances. He was no more set to work, nor to
lie with the lad; and he staid a considerable time
in that place, and was a blessed instrument in the
conversion of some, and civilizing of others^
though that place was noted for a wild rude people, and the fruit of his labour appears unto this
day. There was a servant-lass in that house,
that he could not look upon but with frowns : and
sometimes, when at family-worship, he said, pointing to her with a frowning countenance. You
come from the barn and from the byre reeking in
your lusts, and sits down among us; we do not
want you, nor none such. At last he said to
William Steel and his wife, Put that unhappy
lass from your house. for she will be a stain to
your family, for she is with child, and will murder it, and will be punished for the same. Which
accordingly came to pass, and she was burnt at
Carrick fergus, which is the punishment of murderers of children there. I had this account from
John Muirhead, who staid much in that house,
and other Christian people, when in Ireland.
20. After this, he longed to be out of Ireland, through the fearful apprehensions of that
dismal day of rebellion in Ireland, that came up-
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on it four yeais thereafter, and that he might
take part with the sufferers in Scotland. He
came near the coast one morning: John Muir-
head came to him; lying within a hedge: he
said, Have you any news, John? Jphn said*
There is great fear of the Irish rising. He said,
no, no, John, the time of their arising is not yet;
but they will rise, and dreadful will it be at last.
He was long detained waiting for a bark, not daring to go to public parts, but to some remote
creek of the sea. x^lexander Gordon of Kinstuir*
in Galloway, had agreed with one, but Mr. Peden would not sail the sea,with him, having some
foresight of what lie did prove afterwards—In
the beginning of August before this, Kinstuir was
relieved at Enterken-patli, going from Dumfries
to Edinburgh prisoner; when the news of it came
to Ireland, our Scots sufferers, their acquaintance?
were glad of the news, especially that Kinstuir
had escaped. Mr. Peden said, What means all
this Kinstuiiing ?—-There is some of them relieved there, that one of them is worth many of
him; for ye will be ashamed of him ere all be
done. Being in this strait, he said to Robert
Wark, an old worthy Christian, worthy of credit,
Robert, go and take such a man with you and
the first Bark ye can find, compel them, for they
will be like the dogs in Egypt, not one of them
will .move theirtongue gainst you.< Accordingly
Robert and his comrade found it so and brought
her to -that secret place wliero lie was. When
Robert and his comrade came and told hiin, he
was glad and very kind and free ; but he seemed
under a cloud at that time. He said lads, I have
lost my prospect wherewith I was wont to look
over to the bloody land, and tell you and other0
what enemies and friends were doing; the devil
and I puddles and rides time-about upon one another: but if I were uppermost again, I shall ride
hard, and spurgaw well. I have been praying
for a swift passage over to the sinful land, come
of us what will: and now Alexander Gordon is
away with my prayer-wind; but it were good for
the remnant in Scotland he never saw it; for as
the Lord lives, he shall wound thai: interest ere
he go off the stage.—This -sadly came to "pass in
his life, and was a repro
ach to
it at his death.    A
little before they came offi lie baptised a child to
John Maxwell,: a Glasgow man, who was fled
over from the persecution: in his discourse bo-
fore baptism, he burst out into a rapture, foretelling that black day that was to come upon
Ireland, and sad days to Scotland, and after ail
there was to come good days. Mrs. Maxwell, or
Mary Elphingston, the mother of the child, yet
alive in Glasgow, told me this, That in the time
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he wte inserting these things, she was thinking
and wondering what ground of assurance he had
for them, when he cried aloud shaking his hand
at her, woman, thou art thinking and wondering
within thyself, whether I be speaking these things
put of the visons of my own head, or if I be taught
by the Spirit of God; I tell the,  woman, thou
Shalt live and see that I am not mistaken.    She
told me, that she was very lately delivered, and
out of her great desire to have her child baptised
before he came off, that she took travail too soon j
and being weak, and so surprised with his telling
her the thoughts of her heart, that she was in
danger of falling off the chair.    At this exercise
also he told tkem, that he could not win off till he
got this done, and this was all the drink-money,
he had left in Ireland, and to the family (pointing
to the landlord ) for all the kindness he had met
with from them.    After baptism they got break
fast; there was plenty of bread upon the table,
seeking a blessing, he put his hand beneath the
bread, and holding it up with much aflection and
tears, said,   " Lord there is a well covered table,
and plenty of bread : but what comes of the poor
young, kindly, honest hearted lad Renwick, that
shames  us all, in   starving and holding  up  his
fainting- mother's head, when of all the children
she has brought forth, there is none will avowed
ly take her by the nand: and the poor, cold, hungry lads on the hills ?  For honour of thine own
cause, let them not starve : thou caused a ravenous bird, greedy of flesh itself, to feed  Elijah:
and thou fed thy people in the  wilderness with
angel's food : and blessed a few loaves and small
fishes, and made them sufficient for many; and
had experience of want, weariness cold and hunger, and enemies daily hunting for thy life, while
in the world; look to them, and provide for them."
The Waiters being advertised of the bark being
in  that place, they and other people came upon
them, which obliged them that were to come off^
to secure the Waiters and people altogether, for
fear of the garrison of Carrickfergus  apprehending them, being near to it, which obliged them
to come off immediately, twenty-six of our Scots
sufferers came aboard, he stood upon the deck and
prayed, there being not the least wind, where he
made a rehearsal of times and places,  when and
where the Lord had heard and answered them in
the days of their distress and how they were in a
great strait.—Waving his hand to the west, from
whence he desired the wind, he said, c Lord give a
loof-full of wind: fill the sails Lord and give us a
fresh gale, and let us have a swift passage ovei
to the bloody land, come of us what wilL'—John
Muirhead, Robert Wark, and others  who were
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present, told me, that when he began to pray, the
sails were all hanging straight down, but ere he
ended, they were all like blown bladders. Thej
put out the Waiters and other people and got 3
very swift and safe passage .-—The '.twenty-si*
Scots sufferers that were with him, having provided themselves with amis, and being designed to
return to Scotland, there being then such a noise
of killing ; arid the report was'no greater than the
deed^ it being then in the heat of killing time, "in
the end of Febuary 1685. when at exercise in the
bark, he said, < Lord thou knowest these lads are
hot spirited, lay an arrest upon them, that they
may not appear; their time is not yet; though
Monmouth and Argyle be coming, they will work
no deliverance/ At that time there was no report of their coming, for they came not for ten
weeks thereafter.—In the morning after they
landed, he lectured before they parted, sitting upon a brae-side, where he had fearful threatening^
against Scotland saying, the time was coming
that they might travel many miles in Galloway
and Nithsdale, Ayr aiid Clydesdale, and not see
a reeking house, nor hear a cock crow.
28. When the day of his death drew near, and
not being able to travel, he came to his brother's
house, in the parish of Sorn, where he was born.
He caused dig a cave with' a saughen bush rever
ing the mouth of it, near to his brother's house
and the enemies came and searched the house
narrowly many times. In the time that he was
in this cavej he said to some friends, 1. That
God shall make Scotland a desolation. 2. There
shall be a remnant in the land, whom God should
spare and hide. 3. They should lie in holes and
caves of the earth, and be supplied with meat
and drink: And when they come out of their
hqles, they shall not have freedom to walk,, for
stumbling on the dead corpses. 4. A stone cut
of a .-mountain, should come down, and God shall
be avenged on the great ones of the earth, and
the inhabitants of the land, for their wickedness,
and then the church should come forth with a
bonny bairn-time of young ones at her back.
He wished that the Lord's people 'might lie hid
in their caves, as if they were not in the world,
for nothing wTould do it, until God appeared with
his;, judgfltants, and they that wan, through the
bitter and sharp, short storm, by tho sword of
the Frenches, and a set of unhappy men, taking
part with them, then there would be a spring-tide
day of^the plenty, purity and power of the gospel : Giving them that for a sign, If he were but
once buried, they might be in doubts ; but if he
were oftener buried than once, they might be persuaded that all he had said would come to pass;
 24
And earnestly desired them to take his corpse
out to Airdsmoss, and bury them beside Richy
( meaning Mr. Cameron ) that he might get rest
in his grave, for he had gotten little through his
life; but he said he knew they would not do it.
29. Within forty-eight hours he died, January 28th. 1686, being past sixty years; and was
buired in the Laird of Afflect's Isle. The enemies got notice of his death and burial, and sent
a troop of dragoons, and lifted his corpse and
carried him to Cumnock-gailows foot, and buried
him there (after being forty days in the grave )
beside others. His friends thereafter laid a
grave-stone above him, with this inscription:
HERE LIES
Mr. ALEXANDER PEDEN,
A Faithful Minister of the Gospel,
at Glenluce,
Who departed this life January 28, 1686,
And was raised after six weeks
"Out.of his Grave,
And buried here out of contempt*
FINIS*
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