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Here are a few excerpts from the book "House of Airlie"
by Rev. William Wilson
1924 - London

LORD OGILVY, eldest son of James, Earl of Airlie, was among those jailed as rebels in the uprising of 1645. The Covenanters ordered many of the prisoners beheaded shortly after their forced march to Glasgow in October.
Other rebellion leaders, including Lord Ogilvy, were transferred to St. Andrews for trial and execution. It was a strange feeling for some of the men, including Ogilvy, because they were being held prisoner on the same campus where they attended school, played golf, and rode horseback over the countryside.
Lord Ogilvy didn't waste time feeling sorry for himself. Instead he used his prison time to draw up legal papers questioning the authority of the Committee of Estates to conduct trials. It was at length rejected, but many Committee members were uneasy enough to postpone judgement until later.
While friends of the prisoners worked feverishly to find a way to save the political prisoners, the Committee of Estates received a command from the General Assembly to carry out the trial. On January 16, 1646, the Committee judged the rebels guilty and ordered them to be beheaded at the Market Cross of St. Andrews on Jan. 20.
It was too late for the Earl of Airlie to rescue his son by force, but his wife, the Countess, had been working on a plan just in case all else failed. She applied, through her brother, Sir Patrick Hamilton, for a permit to visit her son for the last time. The request was quickly approved.
It is believed that his mother's plan was somehow relayed to Lord Ogilvy. He used his acting ability to become "deathly sick" three days before the scheduled execution. By Monday, he was unable to raise his head and seemed near death.
In late afternoon, three women, accompanied by three grooms, entered St. Andrews and made their way to the castle where Lord Ogilvy was confined. The grooms -cared for the horses as the women (Lord Ogilvy's mother, Lady Helen (his wife) and Lady Margaret (his sister). Margaret was just 18 months younger than her brother and bore a striking likeness to him. Like him, she was also very good at acting a part or being clever.
As the three women entered the prison cell, the guards respectfully withdrew so the family could Say good-bye to the condemned Lord Ogilvy.
Suddenly, the sickly man bounded out of bed and exchanged clothing with his sister and she assumed his position in the bed. After two hours, the guards returned and announced their time was up. Tearful farewells were shared and the "three ladies" departed down the dark corridors and out of the prison.
Lord Ogilvy hurried to his awaiting horse, threw off his sister's dress, and rode out of the city unnoticed. He rode hard well into the next morning, arriving in friendly territory before halting his foam-covered horse.
The Countess of Airlie, Lady Helen Ogilvy and Sir Patrick Hamilton stayed behind in St. Andrews to seek freedom for Lady Margaret. Prison guards were shocked to find a woman occupying Lord Ogilvy's cell and they were later arrested for permitting the escape. After two days, Lady Margaret was freed, and a massive manhunt was underway to recapture Lord Ogilvy.
A reward of 1,000 pounds sterling was posted for his capture... dead or live.
Sadly, the death sentences were carried out as scheduled against the other rebels held at St. Andrews.


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