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This website tracks the decendants of John Willison ‘The Covenanter’ born 1625, Scotland.
 
 
John was a keen supporter of The Covenanters and gave asylum to those being sought by government troops.
 
In 1688, just before the revolution in which King James VII was deposed, James Renwick, the last of the Covenanting martyrs, was hanged in Edinburgh. Renwick had baptised Auchen The Droll, grandson of John The Covenanter.
 
In Traditions Of The Covenanters by Robert Simpson, John Willison is described as 'a man of excellent character, and warmly devoted to the interests of the suffering party.
He endured much hardship in the maintenance of his principles as a covenanter and seldom durst he, after the establishment of the garrison in the parish, sleep a night in his own house. He resorted to hiding-places among the hills, where he concealed himself from the vigilance of his enemies. 
In order to accommodate with greater security, those who occasionally visited his house for shelter, he built close to the back of the cow-house, a small room, into which he made an entrance from the inside through the wall, close by the cow-stalls, and this aperture he covered with a plaid. This apartment, which was denominated the Shunemite's chamber, was furnished with a bed, a table, and a few chairs, and was altogether a very comfortable hiding-place, and afforded a tolerable degree of security.'
John Willison, though greatly harassed in those troublous times, escaped the hands of his enemies and lived to witness the revolution. He lived a number of years more as a tenant farmer at Glengeith, near Elvanfoot, Crawford. A memorial stone to John and his sons can be found at Crawford Church Yard in the Scottish Borders.
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