The Covenanters and Herd’s Hill on Fannyside Muir near Cumbernauld

On Fannyside Muir stands Herd’s Hill, a small hill that tradition claims was used by the Covenanters as a field preaching site…

View from Herd's Hill Fannyside LochView from Herd’s Hill north to Fannyside Loch © Robert Murray and licensed for reuse.

According to the mid nineteenth-century OS name book of 1869 for Cumbernauld parish:

‘A hill in Fannyside Muir of no great altitude from the surrounding moss or R.H.P. [Rough Heathy Pasture] but of great importance as a name which is generally known for miles around, & is said to have its origin from the herd or watcher, who was stationed upon it to give the alarm to the preachers &c. of the Covenanters. who, during the persecutions, used to assemble here for Religious purposes. […[ It was planted with trees for a long time but they were cut down recently.’

Herd's Hill

Map of Herd’s Hill                    Aerial View of Herd’s Hill

Herd’s Hill lies to the south-west of the homes of the forfeited Covenanters, John Russell of Cat Craig and John Russell of Arns, who lived on the boundary of Cumbernauld parish.

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 8, 2014.

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