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The martyrdom of Walter Mill effectually brought the downfall of popery in Scotland; the Scottish people were so enraged by his death, that the solemnly bound themselves to oaths and covenants and the Truth, declaraing they would rather take up arms than be subjected again to Papal tyranny.
When this noble servant of Christ was led out to execution, he was called upon by catholics to recant his profession, to which he replied:
I marvel at your rage ye hypocrites, who do so cruelly pursue the servants of God; as for me, I am now eighty two years old and cannot live long by course of nature; but an hundred shall rise out of my ashes, who, shall scatter you, ye hypocrites and persecutors of God’s people, and such as you as now think yourselves the best shall not die such an honest death as I now do. I trust in God, I shall be the last who shall suffer death in this fashion, and for this cause, in this land.
Standing upon the sticks before they kindled the flames that would remove him from this world he said:
Many faithful martyrs have offered their lives most gladly, so this day I praise God that He hath called me among the rest of His servants, to seal His truth with my life; which as I have received it of Him, so I willingly offer it up for His glory. Therefore, as ye would escape eternal death, be no longer seduced by the lies of bishops, abbots, friars, monks and the rest of that sect of antichrist, but depend only upon Jesus Christ and His mercy so that ye may be delivered from condemnation.
As the fire lit and was kindled he stood at the stake and cried:
Lord have mercy on me: Pray, pray good people, while there is time.
John Howie’s chapter from the Scots Worthies of Walter Mill can be read here.