A Covenanter born in Rattray (near Blairgowrie) around 1619. He studied at Aberdeen and St Andrews. In 1655, David Cargill was ordained a minister for the Barony parish in Glasgow. Later he was ejected for denouncing the Restoration of the Monarchy. Becoming a field preacher, David Cargill went onto fight and be wounded at the Battle of Bothwell Brig (1679) and participate with Richard Cameron in the Sanquhar Declaration of 1680. He was one of those ministers that excommunicated Charles II, the Duke of York and others at Torwood in Stirlingshire. As a result he was seized and executed by the State at the Mercat Cross in Edinburgh in 1681.