Helping the Escape of the Black Loch Covenanters in 1684 #History #Scotland

•February 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Drumlech Hill Black Loch

On Sunday 8 June, James Renwick field preached to a large body of Covenanters near Drumlach by the Black Loch. They then rode south via lands of Stane and Redmyre, where they drank at the house, before they turned west and headed for the Clyde. At the same time, Lieutenant-Colonel Winram was in pursuit of the Covenanters, but he lost them at Carbarns Ford across the Clyde. Soon after, Claverhouse took up the search on the south side of the Clyde, but his efforts were also frustrated. Departing for his wedding, he left Lieutenant-Colonel Buchan to search the one remaining area of the moss they had not covered. Buchan was in for a surprise. At a remote glen a firefight broke out. Once again, Claverhouse was brought back into the field to organise a sweep of the hills to find the armed attackers. However, Renwick escaped and slipped back across the Clyde.

After such a dramatic pursuit and confrontation, it is clear the authorities were very keen to find anyone involved in the affair in any way. On 2 July, 1684, five men were warded into Edinburgh Tolbooth for having either assisted, or failed to report the passage of, Renwick’s Covenanters. They were all from the area where the pursued Covenanters had stopped for a drink:

‘James Cleilland
John Smith [tenant in Stane]
Thomas Robertson [tenant in Stane]
David Russell [tenant in Stane]
Gavin Lourie [in Redmyre] all in ye fugitive roll & wairdit by John Bailzie meacer (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, IX, 140.)

The entry in the tolbooth record mistakenly lists them as fugitives, when they do not appear on the published fugitive roll of May, 1684.

Gavin Lawrie in Redmyre was in particular trouble because the ‘rebels in a body, drank at his house’. (Wodrow, History, IV, 28.)

Previously, a James Pettigrew in Redmyre had been before the council in 1681.

Map of Redmyre

After five weeks in the tolbooth, they petitioned the council and were ordered to be released a week later on 14 August:

‘Gavin Lourie & vyrs relived by order of ye Counsell qrof ye termor followes

Ed[inbu]r[gh] 6 August 1684
The Lords of his Maties privie Counsell haveing considered a petion presented by Gavin Lourie in Ridmyre David Rusell tennent in Staine John Smith tennent yr Thomas Robertson tennent ther & John Cleiland prisoners in the tolbooth of Ed[inbu]r[gh] by sentance of Counsell for ther not giveing advertisment annent the rebells laitlie in armes at Blackloch they having past throu the toune of Staine suplicating for libertie in regaird they wer ignorant of ye Counsells proclamation and of ye necesitous condition & povertie and of ther long imprisonment Doe heirby give order and warand to the Magistrats of Edr to set ye sd fyve persones petitioners at libertie in regaird they have bound obleidged and enacted themselves in ye books of privie Counsell ilk an of them for others & for themselves that heirefter they shall live regularlie & orderlie keip ther paroch kirk [at Cambusnethan] & compeir befor the Counsell when called for under ye penaltie of fyve hundreth merks Scots money for ilk ane of them in caice of failzie And farder that they & ilk ane of them shall in tyme coming when they or any of them shall have notice of any rebells in armes or of any conventicles hous or feild furthwith advertis the narest magistrat or commanding oficer of ye forces thereof wnder ye forsd penaltie for ilk ane of them in caice of failzie’. (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, IX, 146.)

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Ambushed at the Inn: The Queensferry Incident of 1680 #History #Scotland

•January 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Covenanters House Queensferry

On 3 June, 1680, Donald Cargill was wounded in a dramatic ambush at an inn known as The Palace, or the Covenanters House, in South Queensferry. Today, the street name ‘Covenanters Lane’ records where the building stood. It only survives in photographs. Henry Hall of Haughead was mortally wounded in the same incident. How they were cornered and how they escaped from the inn, is quite a story …

The Road to the Queensferry Inn
Both Donald Cargill and Henry Hall had played leading roles in the Presbyterian Rising of June, 1679. Afterwards, both escaped into exile at Rotterdam in the United Provinces.

Cargill had returned to Scotland in early 1680 to join with Richard Cameron in raising the Covenanted standard of the Lord, almost certainly via an East Coast port like Bo’ness. In the months that followed, he appears in the context of letters to Gordon of Earlstoun’s family in Galloway. In a letter of 22 February, 1680, to Lady Earlstoun, Cargill indicates that he had not yet met or heard from Cameron. They appear to have met prior to Cameron’s letters to the Earlstouns in the latter half of March.

According to a letter from Cargill of 14 April, he was in hiding at Gilkerscleugh in Crawfordjohn parish, Lanarkshire, and had stayed at Earlstoun in the Glenkens. At around that time, Cargill and Cameron field preached together at Darmead next to Lanarkshire/Lothians boundary. From then on, Cargill seems to have been ‘lurking’ with Hall in the Fife and Linlithgowshire area. He certainly met with Cameron again on c.21 May and again at the Auchengilloch fast on 28 May.

He also appears to have met James Skene in about May, i.e., at around the time of Auchengilloch. The privy council were later convinced that Cargill had also met with John Spruell, probably at Bo’ness and at some point in 1680, after the latter’s return from Rotterdam, but Spruell refused to confess and Archibald Stewart could not confirm that they had met when he was interrogated under torture.

Henry Hall’s Road to the Inn
The evidence indicates that Hall joined Cargill a few weeks before he preached at Auchengilloch. According to Wodrow, Hall ventured home ‘this year’ and spent ‘May, and the beginning of June … in company with Mr Donald Cargil, lurking as privately as they could’ about Bo’ness and ‘other places, upon both sides of the Firth of Forth’. That places both Hall and Cargill in the context of the militant prayer societies in Linlithgowshire and Fife, that had links via the port of Bo’ness to the exiled Presbyterian leadership in Rotterdam.

From the meeting at Auchengilloch, which lies on the boundary between Lanarkshire and Ayrshire, Cameron and Cargill set off in different directions. Cameron remained in the West and soon after preached at Swine Knowe, which possibly lies by Longriggend. Cargill and Hall went east, a cross the Clyde and on to Bo’ness.

It was near there on Thursday 3 June, that they were spotted by James Hamilton, the minister of Bo’ness, and John Park, the minister of Carriden. At the time, the Scottish regime had no intelligence about what Cargill and his fellow militant presbyterians were plotting. They knew something was afoot, as had heard about their gatherings at Darmead and Auchengilloch, but they did not know what they were for. Cargill and Hall were simply high-value fugitives from the Bothwell Rising when the ministers spied them by the Forth.


Patrick Walker takes up the story:

‘when he, with Henry Hall of Haughhead, that worthy Christian Gentleman, were upon their Way from Borrowstounness to the Queensferry, these two Sons of Belial, the Curates of Borrowstounness and Carridden, walking upon the Sea-side knew Mr. Cargill, and went in haste to [Captain Robert] Middleton Governor of Blackness, and informed him.’(Walker, BP, II, 11.)

It is clear that Cargill and Hall were heading from Bo’ness for Queensferry, probably with the intention to take the ferry across to the militant societies in Fife. It is possible that Cargill intended to field preach to them, as he appears to have later altered his plans and preached in the Pentlands on 6 June.

However, while the port of Bo’ness was a relatively safe haven for them due to the presence of what were later called the Sweet Singers, the area round Queensferry was less so.

Blackness Castle lies about a mile to the east of Carriden along the Forth coast. Later, on 8 June, the privy council rewarded Carriden’s minister for his ‘good service in delating and discovering’ Cargill. (Wodrow, History, III, 206.)

Map of Blackness Castle

The Ambush at the Inn
According to Wodrow, Middleton then sent out small search parties to locate them:

‘Upon June 3d, he ordered out a party of soldiers, to march at some distance, by twos and threes, carelessly, as if they had been upon no design; at length, by some of them, he found that Mr Cargil and Mr Hall had taken their horses, and was told the road they were riding. The governor, and a servant on horseback, presently traced them out, and kept at a little distance from them till they came to Queensferry, where the servant had noticed the house where they alighted, his master sent him off in all haste to call up his men to him, and put his horse in another house.’ (Wodrow, History, III, 206.)

The inn, also known as the Covenanters House or the Palace, lay in the heart of South Queensferry, by the harbour.

According to Wodrow, Governor Middleton bravely entered the inn on his own to delay Cargill and Hall until his men arrived:

‘Within a very little, the governor came into the house where they were, as a stranger, and pretended a great deal of respect for Mr Cargill, and begged leave to take a glass of wine with them. When they were in friendly conversation together, and the soldiers not ike to come up, the governor wearied, and threw off the mask, and told them they were his prisoners; and calling to the house to assist him, he offered to lay hands on them.’ (Wodrow, History, III, 206.)

It is clear that Walker based his account of the action at the inn on Wodrow’s account:

‘He ordered his Soldiers to come after him; he followed hard to the [Queens]Ferry, and got Notice where they lighted [at the inn], came in, and pretended great Kindness, pressing them to take a Glass of Wine, until his Men came up: Then drew his Sword, saying, They were his Prisoners, Haughhead drew Sword to defend themselves.’ (Walker, BP, II, 11-12.)

At that point, events spiralled:

‘There was none in the house would assist him, but one Thomas George, a waiter, Haugh-head was a bold brisk man, and struggled hard with the governor, until Mr Cargill got off; and then, when he was going off himself, having got clear of the governor, Thomas George struck him upon the head with a carabine, and gave him his mortal wound; however, he got out, and by this time the women of the town got together at the gate, and conveyed him out of the town. He walked a little way upon his foot, but being very sore bruised with his stroke, he soon fainted and was carried into the next country house’. (Wodrow, History, III, 206.)

Walker relays the same information, but changed the order of events in Wodrow to have Hall struck when the women rescued him. However, at this point in the story, Walker adds new information about where Hall was taken to:

‘The Women in the Town gathered; one of them gript Haughhead to save him. One Thomas George, a Waiter there [in Queensferry], behind his Back struck him upon the Head with the Doghead of his Carabin, and broke his Scull. The women carried him off, and some of them supported him to Echlen [i.e., Echline], near Half a Mile, to the House of Robert Punton my Brother-in-law, who was banished with Mr. [Alexander] Peden [in 1678, but ‘providentially’ returned]’. (Walker, BP, II, 12.)

The wounded Henry Hall was carried to Robert Punton’s farm at Echline.

Map of Echline

Robert Punton and his family appear on the Poll Tax Roll of the 1690s: ‘Robert Punton in Aichland [i.e., in Echline] & his wife & Robert, Walter, Samuell, George Alxr, Henry, Margret & Grizzell Puntns his children.’

Henry Hall did not remain there.

General Thomas Dalyell

General Thomas Dalyell

The Death of Henry Hall
Wodrow takes up Hall’s story:
‘and though chirurgeons were brought [to Echline], I am told he never recovered so far as to speak to any. General Dalziel of Binns, living near by, was soon advertised, and came very quickly with a party of guards, and seized him.’ (Wodrow, History, III, 206.)

Walker adds some detail:

‘The House of Binns being near, Thomas Dalziel’s Dwelling-place (that bloody Tyrant, who was General to the Forces Twenty Years) and he having got Notice, came in great Haste and Fury, threatning great Ruin to that Family for taking in the Rebel; and carried him back to the [Queens]Ferry, and kept him all Night.’ (Walker BP, II, 12.)

When captured, Hall was near death. According to Walker, who wrote five decades after the events:

‘There is an old Christian Woman (yet alive) who waited upon him all Night, which was a weary Night, he not being able to speak to her, passing all his Brains at his Nostrils, died To-morrow [4 June] by the Way going to Edinburgh. None can give an Account how they disposed of his Corpse.’ (Walker BP, II, 12.)

Canongate Tolbooth

Canongate Tolbooth

Curiously, Walker edited down Wodrow’s version of events, which had given more details on what happened to Hall corpse:

‘Such was his inhumanity, that though every body saw the gentlemen [Hall] just a dying, yet he would needs carry him in straight to Edinburgh, and he actually died among their hands in the way thither [via Queensferry?]. His corps were laid in the Canongate tolbooth, for three days, without burial; and though Haugh-head’s friends in and about the town, were very importunate for liberty to do their last office to him, yet that could by no means be granted. […] Some little time after, his corps were buried clandestinely in the night.’ (Wodrow, History, III, 206.)

General Dalyell found that Hall had the radical Queensferry Paper (aka. The “Fanatick’s New Covenant”) in his possession when he was captured. It was the first clear intelligence discovered that the militant presbyterians intended to overthrow the regime of Charles II in Scotland. In his History, Wodrow distanced Cargill and Presbyterians from the ‘rude and imperfect draught’ of the Queensferry Paper. However, it is clear that several of the martyrs adhered to it in their testimonies. (Wodrow, History, III, 207-212.)

Cargill’s Escape from Queensferry
Wodrow had very little to say about what happened to Cargill after he left the inn. However, Walker did have further information based on local sources. During the struggle at the Inn, Cargill escaped:

‘Mr. Cargill in that Confusion escaped sorely wounded, and crept into some secret Place in the South-side of the Town [of Queensferry]. A very ordinary Woman found him lying bleeding, took her Head-clothes and tied up the Wounds in his Head, and conducted him to James Punton’s in Carlowrie; he being a Stranger, and knew not who was Friends or Foes; for which he said he was many Times obliged to pray for that Woman. Some say, After that there was a Change upon her to the better.’ (Walker, BP, II, 12.)

Cargill probably took the most direct escape route along The Loan and hid in ‘some secret place’ on the south side of Queensferry.

One of those involved in rescuing Cargill was Margaret Wauchope. She was probably the ‘very ordinary woman’ who found him wounded in the street and brought him about two-and-a-half miles to Carlowrie, She was imprisoned on 10 June, but escaped from Edinburgh Tolbooth in October, 1680. Margaret Wauchope was clearly very resourceful, rather than ‘very ordinary’.

At Carlowrie, Cargill was placed in a barn, rather than in the house:

‘He lay in that Barn till Night, and then was conducted to some Friend’s House. Mrs. Punton gave him some warm Milk; and a Chirurgeon came providentially to the House, who drest his Wounds.’ (Walker, BP, II, 12.)

‘Niell Weddell’ a ‘chirurgeon’ (i.e., Neil Waddell, surgeon) treated the wounded Cargill on the night of 3 June. He did not hand Cargill over to the authorities, even though he was one of the most-wanted men in the Scotland.

Waddell was allegedly ‘providentially’ visiting the ‘friend’s house’ near Carlowrie when he treated Cargill. He was imprisoned in Edinburgh Tolbooth soon after Cargill’s escape and stayed there until 10 August, 1680:

‘The Lords off his majesties privie counsell having considered the petition of niell weddell chirurgeon in Queensferry prisoner upon the accompt off his pansing mr Donald Cargill doe ordaine the magistratts of Ed[inbu]r[gh] to sett him att libertie in regaird he hes found sufficient cautione to appeare befor the councell when ever he shall be called under the penaltie off ffyve hundreth merkes’. (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, VI, 146.)

Easter Carlowrie Wester Carlowrie Standing Stone

Where Was Cargill Carried?
Today, Carlowie stands on the northern edge of Edinburgh Airport. The present castle is of a later date. In 1680, the lands were held by George Drummond of Carlowrie. He was almost certainly not involved in concealing Cargill, as he was later denounced as ‘a cruel tyrant’ by the Covenanter, Alexander Reid in Uphall.

Instead, it was to the more humble house of ‘James Punton in Carlowrie’ that he was carried. Punton was later imprisoned for concealing Cargill:

‘General [Thomas] Dalziel came and called for James Punton, and took him away to Kirklistoun: When set down, the Curate there (another of the Serpent’s Brood, who inform’d him) came and accused him before the General for shewing Kindness to such a notorious Rebel, for which he was carried to Edinburgh, and cast in Prison, where he lay three Months, and paid a Thousand Merks of Fine.’ (Walker, BP, II, 12-13.)

Punton possibly lived at either Wester or Easter Carlowrie, then small farms which today lie on either side of a disused railway line. The modern Carlowrie farm lies to the east of both of them. Easter Carlowrie lies in Dalmeny parish. Wester Carlowrie lies in Kirkliston parish.

Map of Former Easter Carlowrie Farm

The Punton family may appear on the later Poll Tax Roll of 1694. It lists a ‘James Punton, Skipper, & his Wife & George Punton his son’ and ‘Janet —– his servant’ as living somewhere near Newbigging and Craigends, i.e.,to the west of Easter Carlowrie. (NA, E70/13/5/6)

It also lists a ‘James Punton, tennent, in Dalmeny & his wife, Alexr, Robert and Elspet his children.’

In 1694, the farm at Easter Carlowrie in Dalmeny parish was held by ‘James Hendersone tennent in Carlowrie’ with his wife, children and twelve servants. At nearby Craigie, one of the tenant farmers was a ‘John Punton tennant in Craigy, his wife & Gavin Punton his son’. ‘John Punton’, as the householder, also appears on the Hearth Tax Record for the parish in 1695.

Whether James Punton in Carlowrie was related to the Robert Punton in Echline who hid Henry Hall is not clear. However, it is a curious coincidence that when both Cargill and Hall were rescued, they were both initially taken to families of that surname which was not common in the parish.

It also is worth noting that the radical Cotmuir Folk had connections to both the Sweet Singers in Bo’ness, who knew Cargill in 1680, and locally to where Cargill was concealed at Carlowrie. Immediately to the north of Easter Carlowrie lies Standingstane, which appears to have been connected with the Harlaw brothers at the core of the Folk.

The “Friend’s House”
We know that Cargill stayed in a barn at ‘Carlowrie’ until after nightfall and that after that he was taken to a “friend’s house” with Mrs Punton where he was treated by the surgeon.

Some of the women who concealed him that night were also captured. The house appears to have belonged to a widow, Janet Christie, her daughter and Janet Campbell. They were set at liberty on 20 November, 1680:

‘The Lords off the Committy for publick affaires doe give warrant to the keeper off the Tolbuith to sett att liberty Jonat Crystie and hir daughter and Janat Campble who wer imprisoned upon suspicion off the resett off [Donald] Cargill in hir house she being now examined therupon’. (Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, VI, 150.)

It is not clear where “her” house lay, but presumably it was located near to Carlowrie, possibly in Kirkliston parish as James Wemyss, the episcopal minister of that parish, appears to have informed against Punton and the others involved treating Cargill. In 1688, Wemyss became Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow. (Fasti, I, 213.)

Three days after Cargill was at Carlowrie, he field preached in the Pentlands.

He would go on to have other very narrow escapes, at Linlithgow Bridge and especially at the Mutton Hole, before he was captured in mid 1681.

For more on Donald Cargill, see here.

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A Covenanter Hideout: Duncan’s Cave, near Kirkandrews, Galloway #History #Scotland

•January 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Duncan's Cave

According to a later tradition in the OS name book, Duncan’s Cave in Borgue parish in Galloway was where a Covenanter hid:

‘A natural cave in the face of a precipitous portion of the sea shore of the farm of Muncraig, the origin of the name was from a shoe maker named Duncan who usually took refuge here during the Scottish persecution [of the 1680s].’

Once again, I am extremely grateful to Nicholas Coombey for drawing my attention to the existence of this cave in the OS name books. Nic has previously identified both Garrerie’s Cave and Begg’s Hole as caves that tradition claims were used by Covenanters as hiding places.

Duncan’s Cave lies in Borgue parish. The cave is not accessible from the land due to it being located in a high cliff. It can apparently be approached by kayak above half tide. See an image of Duncan’s Cave on this blog. See also a view from inside the cave on this blog. As the sea cave is tidal, it is very unlikely that it was ever a Covenanter’s hideout.

There is also no evidence of any fugitive named Duncan in the vicinity. There is another traditional hideout called Duncan’s Pantry in Dalry parish.

Map of Duncan’s Cave

At nearby Kirkandrews churchyard is the grave of the mysterious martyr, Robert McWhae, aka. Mowat.

For more on the Covenanters in Borgue parish, see here.

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A Covenanter’s Cave: Begg’s Hole, between Wigtown and Whithorn #History #Scotland

•January 17, 2018 • 3 Comments

Begg's Hole

According to a later tradition in the OS name book for Sorbie parish in Wigtownshire, a cave not far from Garliestown known as Begg’s Hole was where a Covenanter hid:

‘A small cave of natural construct situated by the edge of high water & on the west side of Wigtown Bay its entrance is narrow and the interior comprises a space of 90 links by 20 links. It is said to have been the resort or hiding place of a man named Beggs during a period of religious persecution, hence the name.’

For a second time, I am very grateful to Nicholas Coombey for pointing out the existence of a record of this cave in the OS name books. Nic has previously identified Garrerie’s Cove as a Covenanter cave. You can visit Solway Coastwise for more fascinating caves, here.

As a link was about 20cm in measurement. a cave of 90 links by 20 links would be around 1,800cm x 400cm in size.


The place name is often mistaken for the name of a small inlet and its positioning on modern maps adds to that impression. However, it is clear from the original OS name book that Begg’s Hole was a cave. The cave presumably lies by the inlet above the high water mark. Or, perhaps, the inlet might be the collapsed cave?

Map of Begg’s Hole

It might be possible that the ‘James Begg, in Whiteholm’ found appended to the published Fugitive Roll of 1684 is an error for a James Begg “in Whithorn”, which lies nearby, but the transcription of the text in Wodrow is clearly ‘Whiteholm’. Begg was the only fugitive of that surname. (Wodrow, History, IV, 28.)

Once again, thank you for the information Nic. I wonder if it is still there? As far as I can tell, no one has found and photographed the cave.

For other “lost” landscapes of the Covenanters in Galloway, see here.

For more on Covenanters in Sorbie parish, see here.

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The Covenanters’ Field Preaching Site at Aikey Hill near Threave Castle #History #Scotland

•January 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Aikey Hill

According to a later tradition found in OS name book for Balmaghie parish, Aikey Hill was were field preachings were held during “the persecution” of the 1670s or 1680s:

Aikey Hill: ‘An eminence in the centre of an arable field with a knowe upon its summit from which it is said the Covenanter’s minister addressed his followers at the time of the prohibation of that religion.’

The name book also recorded it as:

‘A small hill with a rocky knowe on its summit where it is said the Covenanters held meetings during the persecution.’

Map of Aikey Hill        Street View of Aikey Hill

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The Covenanter of Garrerie’s Cave near Port William & Whithorn #History #Scotland

•January 13, 2018 • 7 Comments


Garrerie's Cave

Garrerie’s Cave appears in the OS name book for Mochrum parish, Wigtownshire:

‘A cave on the shore of Knock tradition says that the Laird of Garrarie used to take refuge here during a period of religious persecution in Scotland hence the name.’

Map of Garrerie’s Cave

I am very grateful to Nicholas Coombey for drawing my attention to the existence of this cave in the OS name books. Without his help, I would never have spotted it. Check out the Solway Coastwise Facebook page for more wonderful information.

Gordon of Garrarie was a forfeited fugitive in 1680 and 1681 for his part in the Presbyterian Rising of 1679. He was one of the Wigtownshire lairds who reached the Covenanters’ camp near Bothwell Brig a couple of days before the battle. He lived close to the site of the cave named after him.

Map of Garrarie

Aerial View of Garrarie


Again, thank you Nic for the information! I wonder if it is still there?

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The Covenanter Who Hid at the Souter’s Stone in Cleugh of Eglon #History #Scotland

•January 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

According to later tradition, a Covenanter hid at the Souter’s Stone, a very remote site in the Galloway Hills at the southern end of Loch Grannoch in Girthon parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.


The Souter’s Stone lies in the Cleugh of Eglon, that lies between the hills of Craigherron and Craiglowrie.

Map of Souter’s Stone

The OS Name Book recorded it in the mid nineteenth century:

Cleugh of Eglon
‘A Ravine formed by the bases of two hills Craiglowrie &. Craigherron, This place was resorted by a man called Eglon in the time of persecution [in the 1680s] hence the name. Through it runs a stream called Eglon Burn.’

Souters Stone Cleugh of Eglon

It in not clear which stone in the Cleugh of Eglon was, or still is, the Souter’s Stone, but the OS Name Book provides a very good description of it if anyone is looking for it:

The Souter’s Stone
‘Near the Southern end of the Cleugh of Eglon. This name applies to one of a group of large granite rocks in the Cleugh of Eglon, displaced as it were by a convulsion of the earth &. reclines against some other rocks of less dimensions forming a hollow betwixt &. in which a shoe maker named Eglon took shelter from his persecution in the 17th. Centuary.’

If you find it and photograph it, please let me know.

Nearby at the bottom of the cleugh is a memorial to a horse.

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