The James Renwick Monument at Moniaive

James Renwick MonumentRenwick Monument © Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse.

A monument to the Covenanter, field preacher and martyr, James Renwick, was erected on the edge of Moniaive in Glencairn parish in 1828.

According to the New Statistical Account:
‘A monument was erected in 1828 to the memory of the Rev. James Renwick, the last of the martyrs, who was executed at Edinburgh in [February] 1688. This monument is situated within a quarter of a mile of the village of Minnyhive, upon rising ground, about 100 yards from the place where he is supposed to have been born. It is about 25 feet high, and built of hewn stone; it cost nearly L.100, which were raised by subscription.’ (NSA, IV, 331.)

Map of James Renwick Monument

The inscription is as follows:

‘IN MEMORY OF
the late
REVd JAMES RENWICK,
the last who
Suffered to Death
for
Attachment to the Covenanted Cause
of CHRIST
in SCOTLAND:
Born
Near this Spot.
15th Feby, 1662:
and Executed
at the Grassmarket Edinburgh/
17 th Feby, 1688.
“The Righteous shall be in
Everlasting Remembrance.”
Psal CXII- 6.
Erected by Subscription
A. D. MDCCCXXVIII.’

For more on the Covenanters in Glencairn parish, see here.

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One Response to “The James Renwick Monument at Moniaive”

  1. […] is at his place of birth, Moniaive, in his native parish of Glencairn in Dumfriesshire. There a monument was erected ‘about 100 yards from the place where he is supposed to have been born’ just over the hill to […]

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