Alexander Peden’s Stone in Crawford parish, Lanarkshire

There are many sites which are associated with the Covenanter, Alexander Peden, but Peden’s Stone in Crawford parish is probably one which can be struck from the list.

Peden’s Stone © Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse.

Peden’s Stone lies near Peden farm in Lanarkshire.

According to the OS Name Book of the mid nineteenth century, it was called ‘Pedden’s Stone‘:

‘A large flat topped stone standing about three feet above the ordinary level of the ground, near the Pedden Burn. According to the tradition of the neighbourhood, Pedden, one of the ministers of the covenant, preached here during the time of the persecution.’

The site is now regularly linked to the preacher, Alexander Peden.

Bing OS Map of Peden’s Stone

However, the ‘Pedden b[urn]’ and the farm at ‘Peduen’ both appear of Blaeu’s map of ‘The Upper Ward of Clyds-dayl’ of 1654. Blaeu was a Dutchman and drew his information the maps of Timothy Pont, a Scot who mapped the kingdom in the late sixteenth century. Since the place name ‘Peden’ predates Alexander Peden (b.1626) and his field preaching activities (late 1660s–1686), it is extremely unlikely that Peden had anything to do with this stone.

The Canmore website does not mention the connection to Alexander Peden.

The Peden Burn is marked on Blaeu’s map of 1654. Photo © Darrin Antrobus and licensed for reuse.

For other Peden stones of uncertain provenance, see the Peden Stane at Benhar, the Peden Stone near Newcastleton and the Peden Stone at Linthills.

Text © Copyright Dr Mark Jardine. All Rights Reserved.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 13, 2012.

3 Responses to “Alexander Peden’s Stone in Crawford parish, Lanarkshire”

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

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

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

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