Alexander Carse and the Covenanters in a Glen Painting at Edinburgh University

The Scottish artist Alexander Carse painted Covenanters in a Glen in c.1800. To see the painting click here.

It depicts a white-haired minister preaching to an armed conventicle beside a cave by a river. The scene is probably not as generic as it at first appears, as may be inspired by Alexander Peden’s preachings on the Water of Ayr and several other cave sites associated with him in Ayrshire.

The distinctive red sandstone cliffs which appear in the painting are similar to those at Peden’s Cove by Coilsholm Wood and the River Ayr, which was the site of Peden’s last preaching.

One martyr, William Shillilaw, was shot nearby at Woodhead.

Some other riverside Peden caves can be found at Sorn and Auchinbay.

Covenanters in a Glen is held in the collection of the University of Edinburgh and is probably available for public view on request.

Text © Copyright Dr Mark Jardine. All Rights Reserved.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 7, 2013.

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