John Brown (Martyr)

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The other Protestant John Brown was against slavery.

John Brown (1627-1685) Scottish Christian from Priesthill, a few miles from Muirkirk in Ayrshire. He was murdered by Graham of Claverhouse outside his cottage home in 1685 in the presence of his wife, Isabel, and two children. He died defending the cause of the Covenanters by refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the King of England over the Protestant Church of Scotland.

His epitaph contains an acrostic poem:

In deaths cold bed the dusty part here lies
Of one who did the earth as dust despise
Here in this place from earth he took departure
Now he has got the garland of the martyr
Butchered by Claverse and his bloody band
Raging most ravenously over all the land
Only for owning Christ’s supremacy
Wickedly wronged by encroaching [Tyranny]
Nothing how near soever he to good
Esteemed, nor dear any truth his blood.
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