At length Peden came to his brother’s house in the parish of Sorn, the place of his birth, where he lived in a cave, near to his brother’s house, with a willow bush covering its mouth. His persecutors getting information where he was, searched every part of the house on many occasions. At last one day, early in the morning, leaving the cave, he came to the door of his brother’s house. His brother’s wife warned him of his danger, advised him to return to the place of his concealment. He told her that it was needless to do that, since it was discovered; “But,” says he, “there is no matter, for within forty-eight hours I will be beyond all reach of the devil’s temptations, and his instruments in hell and on earth, and they shall trouble me no more.” He had not been in the house three hours when a party of soldiers searched the cave and not finding him there, searched the house, stabbing the beds, but they did not enter the place where he lay. Peden died on the 28th of January, 1686, being upwards of sixty years of age, and was privately buried in the church of Auchinleck.