. . Geddes's ‘immortality’ evidently lay in her being alleged to have been the first to resort to violence in the events that led to Britain's civil wars* . . (her fame) survived in popular tradition, as is shown by The History of the Most Famous and Most Renowned Janny Geddes (1730s?), which indicates that ‘a scolding woman mad’ was known as ‘a Janny Geddes’:
So—when a scolding woman mad is,
She's called, e're since, A JANNY GEDDES.
. . Jenny was used as a generic name for Scottish women, the equivalent of Jock for men, and a satirical Scottish ‘litany’ of about 1640 asks for deliverance:
From Gutter Jennie, pulpit Jockie,
From all such head-countrolling tayles
It may be that the generic Gutter Jenny evolved into the heroic Jenny Geddes to create a symbolic individual commemorating the major role played by women demonstrators in the early months of the covenanting movement.’ (DNB)
So I have no difficulty imagining the bold Capt’n ancestors as one: ‘The National Covenant was signed at Edinburgh on 28 Feb. 1638 for the defence of Presbyterianism against the Episcopal system that had been introduced by James I and Charles I . . ’
* First Bishop’s War; Second Bishop’s War; Parliament summoned tp raise taxes to pay off the victorious and occupying Scottish army; the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (England, Scotland and Ireland); Execution of Charles I; English Republic; Restoration; Glorious Revolution of 1689; etc. etc. A whole lot of history in a short time and all begun by 'yan wee wifie'.