Monday, August 05, 2019

Rutherford's Correspondens (17) - Hugh McKail

Hugh McKail was a Presbyterian minister in Irvine, later Edinburgh. He was a moderate Resolutioner dying in 1660, . Rutherford had want ed him to assistantships Rober Glenginning in Kirkcudbrigh but was disappointed. The General Assembly of 1644 sen him to  Ireland for three months to help Presbyterianism there.   He educated his martyr nephew of the same name. Because the nephew spoke out against King Charles II’s attempt to force Scotland to adopt an Episcopal system , he had to flee for his life. For three years, he lived on the European continent. After his return to his native land, he joined a band of Covenantewho had taken an oath to uphold the Presbyterian system, and who even took up arms for their cause. But McKail was sick; unable to keep up with the Covenanters he had joined, he was captured, tortured, and sentenced to hang. Scots authorities suppressed a letter from the king, ordering that McKail be sent to a plantation in America, and proceeded with the hanging. On the scaffold on this day, 22 December 1666, McKail said “Now I leave off to speak any more with created beings and begin my communion with God, which shall never be broken off. Farewell, father and mother, friends and relations! Farewell, the world and all delights! Farewell meat and drink! Farewell, sun, moon and stars! Welcome, God and Father! Welcome, sweet Lord Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant! Welcome, blessed Spirit of grace, God of all consolation! Welcome glory! Welcome eternal life! Welcome death!”

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