A Tumult in the City


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Following the ‘Glorious’ or ‘Bloodless’ Revolution of 1689 , when William of Orange was crowned King of England and Scotland and displaced James VII and II , in Scotland, there was still resistance from the people. As fighting continued to break out, people were arrested and imprisoned for petty crimes, such as not praying for the King’s health, to violet uprisings.

Kneller, Godfrey; King William III (1650-1702); Cromwell Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/king-william-iii-16501702-48841

Because of the political unrest, William and Mary issued multiple edicts to increase the authority and role of military troops all over the country. This sometimes led to confrontations, with people being press-ganged into joining the expanding military, or caught up in the protests against the same force.

One such man was Pass Sungal – also named as Robieson or Robertson – the “blackmore servant to the Laird of Prestongrange” (NRS, PC1/48 p643), who was caught up in a protest…

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