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BLACKNESS CASTLE (continued) [Continued from page 71]
with considerable booty. On two occasions during the same period an attempt was made on the Castle by the opposite party. In the same month as year as last mentioned a Ship of war well furnished with artillery was sent from Leith to "asseige" the Castle but was driven from the station where she had cast anchor with great danger by the violence of the weather and in the year following an attack was made to carry the place by surprise which failed of success by the garrison being on the alert.
During the troublous times of Struggle between Presbytery and Episcopacy the castle appears to have been employed chiefly for the purposes of a state prison and was the place of Confinement where many who were obnoxious to Government for their Known adherence to the principles of religious and civil liberty were immured. By a decreet of the secret council of James VI. in February 1584 the celebrated Andrew Melville was adjudged to be committed to ward in the Castle of Blackness for declining their authority to decide upon the doctrine taught in a public discourse which he had delivered at St. Andrews. After the warrant of Committal had been served upon him however he made his escape to Berwick. During the same year the clergy in and near Edinburgh having been apprized that measures prejudicial to the "Kirk and its discipline" were to be resolved on at a meeting of Parliament appointed to be held in may prevailed upon [continued on page 73]

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