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The Wigtown Martyrs are executed

On 11 May 1685, the ‘Wigtown Martyrs’ are executed for refusing to swear an oath declaring James VII/II as head of the church. William Johnston, John Milroy and George Walker were hanged while the elderly Margaret McLachlan and teenager Margaret Wilson were drowned.

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