The History of Leith

September 24, 2012

Their hearts never knew ^what terror was.

On Saturday the 9th of July, James Sharp,
Archbishop of St. Andrews, whose residence was
then in Blackfriars Wynd, so narrowly escaped assassination.
His apostacy from the Covenant, and unrelenting
persecution of his former compatriots, its adherents,
had roused the bitterness of the people against
him. He was seated in his coach, at the head of
the Wynd, waiting for Andrew Honeyman, Bishop
of Orkney, when Mitchell, a fanatical assassin and
preacher, and bosom friend of the infamous Major
Weir, with whom he was then boarding in the
house of Mrs. Grisel Whiteford in the Cowgate,
fired a pistol at the primate, but, missing him,
dangerously wounded the Bishop of Orkney. He
was immediately seized, and, with little regard
to morality or justice, put to the torture, without
eliciting any confession; and after two years
seclusion on the Bass Rock, he was brought to
Edinburgh in 1676, and executed in the Grass-
market, to strike terror into the Covenanters ; but
history has shown that their hearts never knew
^what terror was.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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