The Peden Stone at Linthills

Mid LinthillsMid Linthills © wfmillar and licensed for reuse.

While looking up the sources for Renwick at Craigminnan, I came across references to a ‘Peden Stone’ and a Renwick field preaching site at Linthills in Lochwinnoch parish in Renfrewshire…

Map of Linthills

Street View of Mid Linthills

The Peden Stone was located between Linthills and Dunconnel, but was later blasted out of its original position during agricultural improvements and removed to Mid Linthills farm. According to Derek Alexander in The Renfrewshire Leader Local Action Group document, p85, the Peden Stone now stands ‘next to a dyke at the gateway to a field in the farm of Mid Linthills’.

The ‘large gray stone’ at Linthills is also mentioned by the nineteenth century editor of Wodrow’s History of the Sufferings as a place where James Renwick ‘once preached’. Did both James Renwick and Alexander Peden preach here? Or is there some confusion over the identity of the preacher at Linthills? (Wodrow, History, IV, 448n.)

If anyone has information on, or photographs of, the Peden Stone or the preaching site at Linthills, please either leave a comment or email me.

For other Peden stones of uncertain provenance, see the Peden Stane at Benhar, the Peden Stone near Newcastleton and Peden’s Stone in Crawford parish.

Text © Dr Mark Jardine. All Rights Reserved.

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~ by drmarkjardine on September 3, 2010.

6 Responses to “The Peden Stone at Linthills”

  1. […] 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 undoubtedly Greenock in Muirkirk parish, […]

  2. […] For other Peden stones of uncertain provenance, see the Peden Stane at Benhar and the Peden Stone at Linthills. […]

  3. […] For other Peden stones of uncertain provenance, see Peden’s Stone in Crawford parish and the Peden Stone at Linthills. […]

  4. […] For other Peden stones of uncertain provenance, see the Peden Stane at Benhar, Peden’s Stone in Crawford parish and the Peden Stone at Linthills. […]

  5. […] The stone still exists, but is not pinpointed on the map and no photo of it is on the web. The locals may know exactly where the stone is. For the full story of the Mid Linthills stone see here. […]

  6. […] parish is also where the Peden Stone at Linthills is found. The Peden Stone is where, somewhat confusingly given its name, James Renwick is said to […]

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