Renwick in Renfrewshire

Craig MinnanCraig Minnan © wfmillar and licensed for reuse.

In the latter half of 1687 James Renwick took his field preaching campaign against James VII’s edicts of toleration beyond the United Societies’ strongholds. One of the places that he probably preached at during this campaign was at the Covenanters’ Hollow to the east of Craig Minnan on Duchal Muir in Kilmacolm parish, Renfrewshire.

The exact location of Renwick’s preaching is described by the editor of the later edition of Wodrow’s History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland as ‘on a beautiful green hill, a little way nearer the Lady-muir than Craigminnan. On the spot there is a great circle, or a big ring [aka., the Covenanters’ Hollow], as the neighbours used to call it, raised of earth and some stones mixed with it. The sentinels watched on the neighbouring hill, Craigminnan.’ (Shields, LoR, 154; Wodrow, History, IV, 448.)

According to The Borderlands of Glasgow, a guide book for walkers using the tram terminals in the 1920s, the site is known as the Covenanters’ Hollow or the ‘Big Ring’ and lies just below and to the east of the escarpment of Craig Minnan towards Ladymuir farm.

Map of Craig Minnan/Covenanters’ Hollow

From the indictment against Renwick in February 1688, we know that he probably preached to an armed conventicle there in September 1687.

Craig Minnan, also known as Covenanters’ Hill, lies in Muirshiel Country Park. An impressive landscape photograph that gives a real sense of the setting of the site can be found here.

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5 Responses to “Renwick in Renfrewshire”

  1. […] burgh of Greenock in Renfrewshire. Renwick certainly preached at other sites in the shire such as Craigminnan, Lintoch-steps and possibly at Linthills. However, the Greenock the Privy Council referred to is […]

  2. […] ‘Craigminning’ in almost certainly Craig Minnan, which was where James Renwick preached in late 1687. […]

  3. […] Renwick later preached at Craig Minnan on Duchal Moor in September, 1687. Among his audience was Robert Wallace from Houston parish. It is […]

  4. […] know that Renwick field preached at Craig Minnan by Duchal Moor and on the boundary between Kilmacolm parish and Lochwinnoch parish in […]

  5. […] looking up the sources for James Renwick’s preaching at Craig Minnan, I came across references to a ‘Peden Stone’ and a Renwick field preaching site at Linthills in […]

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