Hunted on the Moors


There is a great deal of well-known Scottish literature on the Covenanters of the 1680s, but I thought that I would bring you Hunted on the Moors, a rather obscure set of short stories that were published in the General Baptist Repository and Missionary Observer in 1863.

The author is not named, but they may have been penned by the Dr Robert Simpson, who was, the minister of Sanquhar parish. Simpson was famous for his published collection of local history and stories about the Covenanters known as Traditions of the Covenanters.

Click on the link below for the stories:

Hunted on the Moors

The “Auchty” mentioned in the text is Auchtitench and “Miny” is Friarminnan, both of which were connected to the Society people. The preaching site at Hynd’s Bottom also features.

The Covenanting ministers James Renwick and Alexander Peden are mentioned and on the opposite side, Cornet Peter Inglis, who gained a very black reputation for persecution, turns up.

The action generally takes place around Sanquhar parish in Dumfriesshire, Crawfordjohn parish in Lanarkshire and Cumnock  and Auchinleck parishes in Ayrshire.

Image of Glenmuirshaw  © Chris Wimbush and licensed for reuse.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 12, 2012.

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