OF Independency, Brownisme,
Antinomy, Familisme,
and the most of the other errours, which for the time
doe trouble the Church of England,
The Questions of Paedobaptisme and Dipping
handled from Scripture.
A Second Part of The Disswasive from the Errors of the time.
By ROBERT BAILLIE Minister at Glasgow.

‘And it shall come to passe in that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I will cut off the names of the Idols out of the Land: and they shall no more be remembred: and also I will cause the Prophets, and the unclean spirit to passe out of the Land, Zach. 13.2.’
‘But there were false Prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers amongst you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.’
‘And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evill spoken of. 2 Pet. 2.1, 2.’
Printed by M. F. for SAMUEL GELLIBRAND, at the Brazen serpent in Pauls Churchyard. 1647.



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Thus Becold attained the top of his ambition and lust, but the great skill was how to keep what was gotten: for this end twenty eight Apostles were sent abroad to preach over the world obedience to the King of Munster the new Jerusalem; but here was the misluck, all of them but one who returned with the tidings were killed in the places where first they offered to preach.

His barbarous cruelty and hypocrisie. In the mean time the Town begun to be pinched with famine, one of the Kings Wives being delated for a word of compassion upon the starving multitude, was brought forth to the Market-place, and by Becolds own hand had her head struck off (RR). All the rest of his wives did sing a Psalm to God for this so excellent an act of Justice, the King himself led all the fourteen in a dance [Page 11] through the streets of the Town; it were long to recite all the acts of their villanous hypocrisie, at last the patience of God broke out upon them.


One of the Kings Secretaries undertook to bring into the His unhappy end. Town a supply of men and victuals, when he was gone, his way was straight to the Enemy, he guided his Treason so cunningly, that on a certain night he brought a party within the Town, many were put to the edge of the sword, the King and the principall misleaders of the people were taken alive; the King was brought to acknowledge the most of his Errors (SS), he offered upon condition of his life to make all the Anabaptists in Holland, Freezland, and England to be quiet and give over their way: but these vain promises were not trusted, and so after some cruell torture, he and Knipperdolling were killed, and hung up in a cage of Iron upon the highest pinacle of the Cathedrall Steeple (TT).

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ambition, killing, starvation, victuals

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Title: Anabaptism, the true fountaine of Independency, Brownisme, Antinomy, Familisme, and the most of the other errours, which for the time doe trouble the Church of England, unsealed. Also the questions of paedobaptisme and dipping handled from Scripture. A second part of the Disswasive from the errors of the time. By Robert Baillie minister at Glasgow.

Author: Robert Baillie

Publisher: MF

Publication date: 1646

Edition: 2nd Edition

Place of publication: London

Provenance/location: This text was transcribed from images available at Early English Books Online: Bibliographic name / number: Wing (2nd ed., 1994) / B452A Bibliographic name / number: Thomason / E.369[9] Physical description: [32], 179, [13] p. Copy from: British Library Reel position: Thomason / 59:E.369[9]

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Original author(s): Robert Baillie

Language: English

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  • 1 ) pp.10-11 ("Thus Becold attained the top of his ambition ... Cathedral Steeple"), pp.44 (exempla from past)


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