The Burning of The Strathearn Towns & Villages : PART TWO
Religious changes locally
The 1714 Uprising
PREFACE TO THE BURNING REPORTS PUBLISHED BY THE MAITLAND CLUB
What really happened ?
Jacobite influence in Strathearn
The purpose of my last two " Blogs " on the " Burnings " is not to elicit support for an act of political vandalism which caused undoubted sorrow and distress to the citizens of the villages including Crieff . It is not an attempt to give credance to that incredibly two faced incompetant Jacobite general the Earl of Mar who has the derisory nick name of " Bobbing John " ! It is an attempt to highlight the biased reporting of events that have survived in numerous books and documents such as Reid's " Annals of Auchterarder " published some 130 years ago . The key point in this discussion lies in Montrose's victory at Tibbermore some 15 miles from Crieff . The anhilation of the Government forces made up of ill trained mainly Presbyterian recruits established a deep hatred of all things Highland , Gaelic , Episcopalian and Catholic . Further salt was rubbed into Calvanistic wounds when the " Highland Host " made up of troops from Strathearn marched into Ayrshire to arrest the Covenanters and disrupt their conventicles ( religious gatherings held in remote moorland locations between Ayrshire /Renfrewshire and Dumfries . ) The Ayrshire village of Fenwick has a memorial to the captured and slain Coventers victims of the times . My 4 times great grand father, on the paternal side, James Craig was a farmer near the village and his name is duly recorded on this memorial . The report I have included from the Maitland Club papers is perhaps the nub of the whole matter . The leader of the Government forces against the Jacobites at Sheriffmuir was the Duke of Argyll . It was his grand son who penned the explanatory report some decades later !