Donald Cargill (1619-1681)
Donald Cargill was born at Rattray in Perthshire, Scotland in 1619 and studied at Aberdeen University and then at the University of St Andrews.
Ordained in 1655, he was appointed to the Barony Church in Glasgow, ministering with great success for many years. When Charles ll was restored as King, persecution of the Protestants resumed. Donald Cargill chose a commemoration of this Restoration to preach against the event and was duly regarded as a heretic.
He was deposed and banished beyond the River Tay but became one of the most prominent field preachers of the Covenanters and fought with them at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge. He strongly denounced the immorality and irreligion of the court of King Charles ll and his fearless itinerant preaching (despite a period when his voice was damaged and barely audible) made him a marked man. In 1681 he was seized, tried and executed on 27 July. On the scaffold in Edinburgh, he spoke to the large crowd that had come to support him. ‘I climb this ladder with less fear than I ever entered a pulpit to preach. I have gotten me Christ and Christ has gotten me the victory’.