The Ghost Story and the Covenanters at Peden’s Cleugh
Another Borders location traditionally connected to the field preacher Alexander Peden is Peden’s Cleuch near Southdean, Southdean parish, Roxburgh.
According to the mid nineteenth-century OS name book:
‘At the S.E. base of Heighlee Hill. A hollow, so named from Alexander Peden one of the covenanting Preachers and a celebrated Prophet having found shelter for a short time in it. has a small stream running through its whole extent.’
The site inspired ‘By Peden’s Cleuch’, a ghost story by Howard Pease published in Borders Ghost Stories (1919). You can read the terrifying tale here.