The Preaching Howe in Minnigaff Parish

Preaching Howe Minnigaff parish

The Preaching Howe is recorded on the first OS map of the area in the 1840s and mentioned in Studies in the Topography of Galloway in 1887:

‘PREACHING HOWE. ‘ Minigaff [parish],’ … The hollow of the preaching. The place of this name in Minigaff is in the hill district, and probably dates from Covenanting times’. (Maxwell, Topography of Galloway, 271.)

Map of Preaching Howe                Aerial View of Preaching Howe

The Preaching Howe is not listed on the RCAHMS Canmore website.

Renwick and the Preaching Howe?
The Preaching Howe lies close to Minnigaff and Newton Stewart. Tradition claims that James Renwick preached in the area, but it does not identify location. If Renwick did preach in the area, it was probably between late 1684 and 1686.

According to Simpson, Renwick preached somewhere in the ‘desert mountains’ near Newton Stewart. (Simpson, Traditions, 312-15.)

Another of Simpson’s tradition records that Renwick escaped from a conventicle ‘in the neighbourhood of Newton Stewart’ to the house of Andrew Forsyth. (Simpson, Traditions, 336-7.)

Garlies CastleGarlies Castle © Anthony O’Neil and licensed for reuse.

Nearby are the remains of Garlies Castle which belonged to Alexander Stewart, earl of Galloway and Lord Garlies (d.1690).

An ‘Elizabeth Stewart in Gairlies’ appears on the parish list for Minnigaff of October, 1684, as a withdrawer from the kirk.

Text © Copyright Dr Mark Jardine. All Rights Reserved.

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~ by drmarkjardine on June 22, 2013.

One Response to “The Preaching Howe in Minnigaff Parish”

  1. […] indicates that James Renwick may have preached at the Preaching Howe in the parish and that the Society people may have killed an intelligencer from the […]

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