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1685. States-General of the United Provinces; the Execu
tion of many innocent Men, the Torture of Spence and Caritares, and the Forfeiture of the late Earl of Argile, &c. 'They declare against James Duke of York bis Ascension to the Throne, as being excluded from it by the Commons of England. They declare likewise against the present House of Commons, as packd, and cabaud, return’d by Fraud and Injustice. For all which Reasons they declare, that they totally throw off all Bonds of Subjection, and do take up Arms againft James Duke of York, and all his Accomplices, their most unnatural and wicked Enemies, for these Ends. First, The Restoring and Settling the Protestant Religion. Secondly, 1h Suppresion, and perpetual Exclusion of Popery, and its bitter Root and Spring, Prelacy. Thirdly, The Restoring of all wbó have been Sufferers upon the Account of Adherence to their Party, for the pulling down of this present Covernment, and setting up an. ther suitable to their Designs : And they declare, that they never will enter into any Capitulation or Treaty with the Duke of York, but on the contrary, Profecute the War with all Reality, Constancy and Vigour, unti they shall obtain their Ends; and that they will Afift and Maintain one another, especially their Brethren in England and Ireland, who shall pursue the same Ends. And Lastly, They promise Indemnity to those who bave been formerly their Enemies, upon their sincere Repentance, Joining with them, and vigorously, Alifting them. againsi a Persecuting Tyrant, and an Apoftate Party, &c.
The second Declaration regarded only the Earl
of Argile, and was as follows. The Earl of
A Declaration of Archibald Earl of Argile, Lord Argile's Declara
Kintyre, Cowal, Campbell and Lorn, Heritable Sheriff, and Lieutenant of the Shires of Argile and Turbette, and Heritable Justice-General of the Said Shires. “I Shall not publish my Case, publish'd already
in Print, in Latin, and in Dutch, and more largely in English; nor mean I to repeat the prin4.ted Declaration emitted by several Noblemen
Geirtleinen, and others of both Nations now in 1689:
mily are therein mention'd. I have thought it
conduct them, for no private and personal End,
and Family, to all that shall not oppose, but
pursue them in Judgment, nor out of Judgment.
Father, and my self, before our pretended For:
ther, and my self, as any Heir or Debitor car
“* And as my Faithfulness to His late Majesty
sad Condition we are now in, tho', God knows,
Mask, and abandon'd and invaded our Religion
ment, and exercising it contrary to Law, I think
it not only just, but my Duty to God and my * Country, to use my utmott Endeavours to op
1685. pose and repress his usurpations and Tyran
And therefore being assisted and furnish'd very nobly by several good Protestants, and invited " and accompanied by several of both Nations to lead them, I resolve, as God shall enable me, to use their Asistance of all kinds, towards the “ Ends express'd in the said Declaration.
And I do hereby earnestly invite and conjure all honelt Protestants, and particularly all my “ Friends and Blood-Relations, to concur with us " in the said Declaration; and as I have written
several Letters, so having no other way fully to “ intimate my Mind otherwise, I do hereby require all my Vaffals any where, and all within my several Jurisdictions, with their fenfible Men within their Command, to go to Arms, and to ! join and concur with us according to the faid " Declaration, as they shall be answerable at their “Peril; and that they obey the particular Orders “they shall receive from me from time to time.
To back this Declaration, the Earl of Argile sent Letters to several of his Friends and Acquaintance
, to desire their speedy Alliftance; and detach'd his Two Sons to make Excursions about the Neighbourhood, and oblige fome by Menaces, and others by Promises, to join with him ; but all this without any great Success: For all the Men he could raise did not amount to above Three or Four Thousand, with whom having march'd to the Town of Rofa, in the Ifle of Bont, and pitch'd there his Camp, he was soon after pursued, and almost surrounded by the Earl of Dumbarton, General of the King's Army, and by several other Bodies commanded by Duke Gordon, the Marquifs of Athol, the Earl of Arran, and other Lords, who hastned from all Parts to quench the Fire of Rebellion before it broke out into a Blaze.
The Malecontents being much inferiour both in Number and Strength, the Earl of Argile abandon'd a Post which he was not able to maintain, and march'd with his small Army into the Pro
vince that bears his Name ; where having fortified 1685.
1685. better Marks-men, and wounded him with a Pistol
thot. Thereupon the Earl taking both his Piftols,
, was try'd, found guilty, and hang’d Four Days before the Earl was executed. But Sir John Cockram, who was likewise come over from Holland with Argile, and had made a Shew of gathering Forces for him, efcap'd with Impurity, which made People generally believe that he had betray'd his Leader, as did foon after the Lord G- However it was, thus fell the unfortunate Earl of Argile
, whose Father after having a long time stickled for a Republican Government against King Charles I. and vigorously oppos'd the Restauration of King Charles II. lost his Head upon a Scaffold in the Year 1661.