“On the 1st of March, 1756, Hugh McDonald, brother of Donald of Morra, was tried at Edinburgh before the High Court of Judiciary, at the instance of the Lord Advocate, for refusing to purge himself of Popery. Being asked whether he was willing to take the formula prescribed by Act 1700- he declared, that he was not at freedom of conscience to do it. He was then found guilty in terms of libel, and sentenced to be banished from the kingdom, never to return under pain of death.

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