These are things we learned
From our ancestors
And we will tell them
To them to the next generation.
We won't keep secret
the glorious deeds
And the mighty miracles
Of the Lord.
Psalm 78. 3 & 4
On Sunday November 16, 1572 , Robert Farley Of Edinburgh didn't go home from church. The reformer John Knox lay dying nearby , and he went to see him. Fairley sat at a table near Knox's bed both man sharing food and fellowship.
Fairley , longing to be the last see the great reformer alive , followed KNow's illness. Sensing the end , he visited again on Thursday . Waiting until everyone else had left the room , he crept beside the dying man . KNox looked over and whisper " I have been greatly indebted to you . I shall never be able to recompense you , but I commit you to one who is able to do it --- to the Eternal God.
Fairley never forget those words . He told his children . They told theirs . The story passed from generation to generation until young Marion Fairley was told " Your great grandfather was committed in prayer to rge Eternal God by his servant , John KNox ." Moved by that lagacy and by her father's preaching . Marion give herself to Christ.
Marion grew up to Married godly William Veitch . One night soldiers burst in carrying William to prison preaching " All the time the officers were in the house." Marion later wrote " The Lord supported me so that I was not in the least discouraged before them.
Presently , news arrived that William was to be hanged . Marrion rode horseback though blinding snow to Morpeth jail, arriving at midnight . At daybreak she was given a few moments with her husband " Then I want to a friend 's house and wept my fill" That day prosecutor Thomas Bell announced , " Veitch will hang tomorrow as he deserves.
But that evening prosector Bell tarried at a friend's house drinking and talking until past ten. The night was dark and cold when he left for home. He never arrived . Two days later his body was found in the river frozen up to his arms in solid ice.
William Veirch was released and he and Marion lived to a ripe old age , passing heritage on to their children and grandchildren.