On Mar 03, 2016
Andrew Hunter was the minister of Carnbee from 1582 to 1588 and translated to Newburn from 1589 to 1594.
May 1594. There was a General Assembly of ministers in Edinburgh. The King, James the 6th of Scotland, had directed his Commissioner sit with them and listen to the proceedings, in particular... "That Mr Andro Huntar being the first minister who in Scotland hes proven a traitour and rebell aganis a christian King may be excommunicat. That all ministers dissuade their people from concurring with any traitours particularlie Bothwell and that they rise not in airms with any except they see the King's commission."
Andrew Hunter, the minister at Newbirnie in Fife. Was accused of deserting his flock and for intercommuning with sometime Earl Bothwell and his accomplices. (Francis Stewart the 5th Earl of Bothwell was the Kings cousin and they were always falling in and out of friendship. When his aunt Mary Queen of Scots was put to death the Earl of Bothwell wanted to invade England and had publicly stated that King James should be hanged for doing nothing to avenge his mothers death.)
The Commisioners, for his Majesty, desired of the ministers that Hunter be excommunicated.
The ministers consulted and decided that Mr. Andrew Hunter, in respect that he was declared the Kings rebel, and according to the custum was put to the horn, they thought necessary to dispose him of his function, until he both satisfied the King's Majesty and the Kirk for that fault; and found, by their general reasoning and common votes, that they could not recommend he be excommunicated.