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Father   Ogilvie   was   finally   put   on   trial   for   treason   on   March   10,   1615,   at   the   Tolbooth   in   Glasgow’s   Square.   Facing the   charges,   he   declared   that   he   would   die   in   defence   of   the   King’s   civil   authority,   but   he   could   not   obey   him   on spiritual matters”. Two   hours   after   the   trial   began,   the   jury   found   him   guilty,   and   he   was   condemned   to   be   hanged   and   quartered that   afternoon.      Father   Ogilvie   spent   three   hours   in   prayer   while   the   judges   and   jury   went   to   lunch.      Then,   at 4pm,   the   sheriff   came   to   escort   him   from   the   Trongate   to   the   public   square   for   execution.      Holding   the   rosary, the Jesuit mounted the scaffold and prayed briefly. A   last-minute   reprieve   of   his   life   and   the   promise   of   a   substantial   sum   of   money   were   refused.   He   declared   his loyalty   to   the   King,   and   made   it   clear   he   was   dying   "for   religion   alone",   adding:   "For   that,   I   am   prepared   to   give even   a   hundred   lives."      Father   Ogilvie   threw   his   rosary   into   the   crowd.      It   struck   a   Hungarian   merchant   visiting the   city,   and   became   the   instrument   of   his   conversion.   The   hangman   tied   the   priest’s   hands,   led   him   up   the ladder   and   pushed   him   off.   He   did   not   die   immediately,   so   the   executioner   grabbed   his   legs   and   pulled   him down to end his agony. The   crowd   murmured   against   the   injustice   of   the   execution,   and   instead   of   the   body   being   quartered,   it   was spirited away to be buried secretly in a criminal’s plot on the outskirts of Glasgow.
St. John Ogilvie
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Trial
St John Ogilvie
Father    Ogilvie    was    finally    put    on    trial    for    treason    on March   10,   1615,   at   the   Tolbooth   in   Glasgow’s   Square. Facing   the   charges,   he   declared   that   he   would   die   in defence   of   the   King’s   civil   authority,   but   he   could   not   obey him on spiritual matters”. Two    hours    after    the    trial    began,    the    jury    found    him guilty,    and    he    was    condemned    to    be    hanged    and quartered   that   afternoon.      Father   Ogilvie   spent   three hours   in   prayer   while   the   judges   and   jury   went   to   lunch.     Then,   at   4pm,   the   sheriff   came   to   escort   him   from   the Trongate   to   the   public   square   for   execution.      Holding the   rosary,   the   Jesuit   mounted   the   scaffold   and   prayed briefly. A   last-minute   reprieve   of   his   life   and   the   promise   of   a substantial   sum   of   money   were   refused.   He   declared   his loyalty   to   the   King,   and   made   it   clear   he   was   dying   "for religion   alone",   adding:   "For   that,   I   am   prepared   to   give even   a   hundred   lives."      Father   Ogilvie   threw   his   rosary into   the   crowd.      It   struck   a   Hungarian   merchant   visiting the   city,   and   became   the   instrument   of   his   conversion. The   hangman   tied   the   priest’s   hands,   led   him   up   the ladder   and   pushed   him   off.   He   did   not   die   immediately, so    the    executioner    grabbed    his    legs    and    pulled    him down to end his agony. The     crowd     murmured     against     the     injustice     of     the execution,   and   instead   of   the   body   being   quartered,   it was   spirited   away   to   be   buried   secretly   in   a   criminal’s plot on the outskirts of Glasgow.
St. John Ogilvie book now   available to buy for £3 at St. Thomas R.C. Church