A. E. MacRobert

Were the Wigtown Martyrs Drowned? A Reappraisal

Recent, History

TDGNHAS Series III, 84 (2010), 121(3.44 MB)


This article explores the vituperative controversy which erupted in the mid 19th century over whether the Wigtown Martyrs were drowned. As the available evidence is neither easily accessible nor widely known, it is explained and evaluated. The conclusion is that they were drowned but there remain several mysteries including what happened to a reprieve from the Privy Council. Some historians have therefore been unable to agree that the drownings took place.