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E'xrcvitini she saiil to the miiltituie, " Quairfoir cliyd yea me. so as if I
had committed ane vnworthie act ? Give me credence aid trow me, if
yea had experience of eating men and vomenis flesch, yea wold think it
so delicious that yea would nevir forbeare it agane." We may here
menti in, that from this period the town, like others in the kingdom, was
infested by those vagabonds called gi|)3ies. imMl, ii June 1511, procla-
mation was made at the market-cross, by the provost and bailies, com-
manding and charging them " to d-part furth of this realme, wi ii thtir
wills, barnis, and companeis, within xxx ciayis after thai be cli.nrgit
therto, vnder the pane of '.'eiii.'' The proclamation was by order of the
Lords of Secret Council, dated Gth Ju'^e.
The Scottish Reformation from Popery began to dawn in the early part
of the sixteenth'century, and its cause was early and warmly espoused
by the people of Dundee, The ilhistrious George Wishart, brother of the
Laird of ]'ltarrow, in, the county of Mearns, having studied at Bennet
I'oilege, Cambridge, and visited Germany, where he had embraced the
doctrines of Luther, returned to his native country in 1644, and took up
his residence at Montrose, where he had formerly taught a school,
attracting considerable notice by his preaching and many excellent
virtues. Soon after, he removed to this tnwn, and comnienced dt-li-
vering public lectures on the Epistle to the Romans which dr<.\v,
together large concourses of the people, at which the Romish priestliood
were sorely galled, and greatly alarmed for the stability of tlie sys-
terti of superstition and error they had so fondly cherished. His
piety, his dauntless zeal, a!.d persuasive eloquence, commanded atten-
tion wherever he appeared ; and had it not beei hu- the many i ^fiucntiai
friends who thronged around him, he would soon have become the victim
of Popish rage and malevoleiice. They uliimatelj prevailed upon Robert
Mill, one of the magistrates, who had formerly professed and suffered
for the reform cause, to give him a charge to leave the town. The
charge was given one day as Wishart descended from preaching, on
which he replied, •' God i< my witness, that I never mir.dcd your trouble
but your comfort ; yea, your trouble is niore grievous to me than it is
u'-to yourselves ; but sure I am. to reject the wor;! of God, and drive
away his messenger, is not the way to save you from trouble, but to
bring you into it : When lam gone, God will send you messengers,
who will not be afraid of either burni g or banishment. I have,, at the
hazard of my life, remained among you preaching the word of salvation ;
and now, since you yourselves refuse me, I must leave my innocence to
be declared by God. If it be long well with you I am not led by the

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