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View Tree for Captain John NisbetCaptain John Nisbet (b. 1627, d. December 4, 1685)

Captain John Nisbet (son of James Nisbet) was born 1627 in Loudon, Hardhill, Scotland, and died December 4, 1685 in Scotland. He married Margaret Law on 1651.

 Includes NotesNotes for Captain John Nisbet:
John Nisbet was executed by hanging. Family tradition says that the scaffold's trapdoor fell when John placed a foot on it, and that, in the executioner's second attempt, a new hemp rope parted when placed around his neck. Nevertheless, on the third try, the execution was carried out. A son of John Nisbet, in an autobiography, recalls the family's ordeals: Often, my mother's tormentors would hold a drawn sword to her throat, or a bent pistol to her breast, dragging her out at times, with lighted candles in her hands, through the main room of the house, then through the office houses as well, beating the servants before her in order to strike the greater terror to her, to make her discover to them the whereabouts of my father. They carried away my father's stock and variable effects, which were considerably great. For over a year, there was scarce a day or night these men were not in the house. My mother was a woman of brave, heroic spirits, although, she and her family were made to wander in dens and caves of the earth. She was ever in fullest sympathy with my father, so much so, indeed, that never in all that time was she ever seen to show the least discontent with her lot. For more than four years, she bore up under these trials until December 1683, after an illness of eight days, death brought them to a close. She died on a sheep's cot, where there was no fire, no light but that of a candle, no bed except a little straw, no stool or chair, only the ground to sit on. After receiving the news of his wife's death, John hurried to the hovel where she had died. Unaware that his wife had already been buried, he entered to find the body of his only daughter who had died just a few hours before John's arrival. Both wife and daughter were secretly buried at night, since threats had been made to dig up the corpses and feed them to the dogs.

More About Captain John Nisbet and Margaret Law:
Marriage: 1651

Children of Captain John Nisbet and Margaret Law are:
  1. Hugh Nisbet, d. date unknown.
  2. Alexander Nisbet, d. date unknown.
  3. James Nisbet, d. date unknown.
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