1678: Heritors bond

..and bring with them, their cottars and servants within their bounds, as likewise their arms of all sorts, muskets, pistols, swords, pikes, halberts, Lochaber axes, dirks and the like to be delivered upon oath, on pain of quartering

Wodrow, Book II, page 407

In 1678 all the heritors of Cumnock, like those of every other parish in Ayrshire, were summoned to take a bond to the effect “that neither they, or their wives, bairns, tenants, cottars and servants …… shall go to field conventicles , or harbour or commune with rebels“. Few however took this bond. Among those who subscribed it was the Earl of Dumfries.

Reverend John Warrick,’A History of Old Cumnock’ (1899)

[1] Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Riccarton, FES, Vol.3, p.64
[2] Reverend John Warrick ‘The History of Old Cumnock’ (1899)
[2] Robert Wodrow ‘The History and Sufferings of the Church of Scotland’, Book II, p408