The History of Leith

October 6, 2008

The Martyrs Monument, Greyfriars Edinburgh

(c) John Arthur

Halt passenger, take heed what you do see,
This tomb doth shew, for what some men did die.

Here lies interr’d the dust of those who stood
‘Gainst perjury, resisting unto blood,
Adhering to the Covenants, and laws
Establishing the same; which was the cause
Their lives were sacrific’d unto the lust
Of Prelatists abjur’d. Though here their dust
Lies mixt with murderers, and other crew,
Whom justice justly did to death pursue:
But as for them, no cause was to be found
Worthy of death, but only they were found,
Constant and stedfast, zealous, witnessing,
For the Prerogatives of CHRIST their KING.
Which Truths were seal’d by famous Guthrie’s head,
And all along to Mr. Renwick’s blood.
They did endure the wrath of enemies,
Reproaches, torments, deaths and injuries.
But yet they’re those who from such troubles came,
And now triumph in glory with the LAMB.

From May 27th 1661 that the most noble Marquis of Argyle was beheaded, to the 17th of Febry 1688 that Mr. James Renwick suffered: were one way or other Murdered and Destroyed for the same Cause, about Eighteen thousand, of whom were execute at Edinburgh about an hundred of Noblemen, Gentlemen, Ministers and Others, noble Martyrs for JESUS CHRIST. The most of them ly here.

For a particular account of the cause and manner of their Sufferings, see the Cloud of Witnesses, Crookshank’s and Defoe’s Histories.

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