|Notes for Rev. John(e) BLACKETER|
|The following beautiful Epitaph, highly descriptive of his character, was placed upon his tomb:-- |
Blest John, for Jesus' sake, in Patmos bound,
His prison Bethel, Patmos Pisgah found;
So the bless'd John, on yonder rock confined,
His body suffer'd, but no chains could bind
His heaven-aspiring soul; while day by day
As from Mount Pisgah's top, he did survey
The promised land, and view'd the crown by faith
Laid up for those who faithful are till death.
Grace form'd him in the Christian Hero's mould --
Meek in his own concerns -- In's Master's bold;
Passions to Reason chained, Prudence did lead --
Zeal warm'd his breast, and Reason cool'd his head.
Five years on the lone rock, yet sweet abode,
He Enoch-like enjoy'd, and walk'd with God;
Till, by long living on this heavenly food,
His soul by love grew up too great, too good
To be confined to jail, or flesh and blood.
Death broke his fetters off, then swift he fled
From sin and sorrow; and, by angels led,
Enter'd the mansions of eternal joy' --
Blest soul, they warfare's done, praise, love, enjoy!
His dust here rests till Jesus come again, --
Even so, blest Jesus, come -- come, Lord -- Amen
|The following account is presented in Andrew Crichton's book THE LIFE AND DIARY OF LIEUT. COL. J. BLACKADER: |
"His (referring to Lt. Col. John B.) father, as has been already noticed, was a minister of the church of Scotland. The history of this worthy and excellent man, besides his personal sufferings, exhibits, at considerable length, a detail of the various cruelties and oppressions to which this country was subjected for twenty-eight years, under the Episcopal persecution. He bore a proportional share of the toils and harassing of that unhappy period, being one of the most indefatigable and intrepid preachers of his time. Though expelled from his charge at Troqueer, he did not renounce the ministerial privileges of his office when deprived of its temporalities. Denied access to the established pulpits, he erected the standard of religious liberty in the fields, and was one of the first three who ventured their lives for the free preaching of the gospel.
His itinerary labours were continued for nearly twenty years, with a zeal and perseverance truly apostolical, and a success altogether astonishing. His exertions were not circumscribed to Dumfries-shire or Galloway, but extended to almost every county south of the Tay. There was scarcely a hill, a moor, or a glen in the southern and western districts of Scotland, where he did not hold a conventicle, or celebrate a communion. In these excursions he was frequently the companion and co-adjutor of Welsh, Peden, Cargill, and other undaunted Covenanters, who maintained the rights and the freedom of their national worship in the face of peril and sword. In 1674, he was proclaimed rebel and fugitive, and a premium of a thousand merks offered to any that should kill or apprehend him. But the goodness of providence, with every danger, made a way for his escape, preserving him from the violence of barbarous edicts, and bloody executioners. After the defeat at Bothwell-Bridge, he went over to Holland, where he made a short stay, and proved eminently serviceable in allaying those irritations and ill-natured debates that had sprung up among the refugees, from want of proper information on the true state of Scottish affairs. On his return, he was apprehended at Edinburgh, in his own house, and sent a prisoner to the Bass Rock, then employed as a convenient receptacle for the persecuted victims of Prelacy. In this bleak and solitary isle, he lingered serveral years in rigorous captivity. The harshness of his treatment, and the ungenial air of the place, terminated his days. He died in 1685, and was buried in the church-yard of North-Berwick, the adjacent parish."
The following appears as the description of the St Andrew Blackadder Church, North Berwick: 
"John Blackadder was minister of Troqueer in Dumfriesshire. In the time of the Covenanters, he stood publicly against the appointment of bishops in the Church of Scotland. Because of this he was 'outed' from his parish in 1662. He settled in Edinburgh after that, but travelled extensively across southern Scotland, preaching at open-air conventicles. (Preaching in the open air was illegal at that time.) His reputation was high and his services as a preacher were in great demand.
Finally, in 1681, the government got their man and Blackadder was arrested for 'preaching in the fields'. He was sentenced to imprisonment on the Bass Rock. The conditions were appalling - food was poor, water scarce and ventilation almost non-existent. Nevertheless, John Blackadder wrote his memoirs while imprisoned. He died on the Bass in 1685. The Bass Rock lay within the then parish of North Berwick, so Blackadder was duly buried in the kirkyard of the second St Andrew's church, which was only about 20 years old at the time.
When the Free Church of Scotland was formed at the disruption of 1843, the dissenting party in North Berwick identified their struggle with the principles for which John Blackadder had lived and died. Accordingly, they named their church Blackadder Church. It retained its name after the unions of 1900 and 1929. In 1989, the parishes of St Andrew and Blackadder were united to form the present parish of St Andrew Blackadder, continuing the commemoration of John Blackadder's name.
Both the Bass Rock and Blackadder's grave lie within the present parish of St Andrew Blackadder."
From the book, THE OLD SCOTS NAVY, we have the following item. As the Reverend died ca 1685, who is the 'Blackiter' listed in this piece?? 
"20 April 1694 --- A List of Persons who are to have the benefit of the Capitulation with those in the Bass, conform to the third article thereof, and that besides the General Article of Indemnity to all who have assisted or supplied the same:
Frazer, -- Halyburtone, James Hay, William Glaidstanes, Andrew Cadell, James Midletoune, William Witham, William Nicolsone, Gavin Johnstoun, William Robertsone and Alexander McGleish, all repsently in prison, -- Dunbar, -- Blackiter, James Wilsone, George Hog in Wintoune, -- Douglas, vintner, -- Emeltoun in Dunbar, not in prison but under bail."
|Match & Merge|
|Other Last Name: BLACKADER JR.|
|Match & Merge Notes for Jonet (Spouse 1)|
|Other Last Name: HANNING|
|Notes for John(e) & Jonet (Family)|
|OPR M M 3 SEP 1646 BLAKETER JOHNE HANYNG JONET DUMFRIES JONET HANYNG/FR1039 821 4 10 |
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