THERE IS A STORY TOLD BY THE COVENANTERS “OF ONE NAMED PATRICK WELWOOD…

…“whose house was surrounded at a time when a minister had for security been hidden there.

802_covenantersClaverhouse’s dragoons were at the door, and the minister had fled. The master of the house was summoned, and it was demanded of him, “Where is the minister?” “He is gone; I cannot tell whither, for I know not.”

But they were not Satisfied with that; they tortured him, and since he could not tell them where he was (for in reality he did not know), they left him, after inflicting upon him the torture of the thumbscrew; and they took his sister, a young girl who was living in the house. I believe she did know where the minister was concealed, but on taking her they asked her, and she said, “No, I can die myself, but I can never betray God’s servant, and never will, as he may help me.” They dragged her to the water’s edge, and making her kneel down, they determined to put her to death. But the captain said,” Not yet; we will try to frighten her;” and sending a soldier to her, he knelt down, and applying a pistol to her ear, she was bidden to betray the minister or die. The click of the pistol was heard in her ear, but the pistol was not loaded. She slightly shivered, and the question was again asked of her. “Tell us now,” said they,” where he is, or we will have your life.” “Never, never, “said she. A second time the endeavor was made; this time a couple of carbines were discharged, but into the air, in order to terrify her. At last they resolved upon really putting her to death, when Trail, the minister, who was hidden somewhere near, being aroused by the discharge of guns, and seeing the poor girl about to die for him, sprang forward, and cried,” Spare that maiden’s blood, and take mine; this poor innocent girl, what hath she done? “

The poor girl was dead even then with the fright; but the minister had come prepared to die himself, to save her life.

0, my friends, I have sometimes thought that her heroic martyrdom was somewhat like the blessed Jesus. He comes to us, and says, “Poor sinner, wilt thou be my friend?” We answer, “No.” “Ah! I will make thee so,” saith he, “I will die for thee; ” and he goes to die on the cross.

Written by C. H. Spurgeon