The Covenanter Burned in Tar Barrel at Geordie’s Cairn in Crawford parish, Lanarkshire

A Covenanter killed in a rolling barrel of burning tar?…That is what tradition claims happened at Geordie’s Cairn near Tomont Hill in Lanarkshire

West from Tomont HillWest from Tomonet Hill © Chris Wimbush and licensed for reuse.

According to the entry for Geordie’s Cairn in the mid nineteenth-century OS name book for Crawford parish:

‘This name applies to the remains of what was once a large cairn, the tradition in the neighbourhood is very vague about this, some state that one of the Covenanters was put to death by being rolled from the top of Tomont Hill in a burning tar barrel and the Cairn marks the spot where the barrel stopped; others state, that a man named Geordie was burnt here for committing an unnatural crime. David Baird states that when the cairn was pulled down in 1848 some Charred wood was found at the bottom but no bones, the Cairn contained about 100 cart loads of Stones which were taken to make stone fences, a small Cairn built by the Shepherds now marks the place.’

The site of Geordie’s Cairn has recently been clear for wind turbines.

Map of Geordie’s Cairn                Aerial View of Geordie’s Cairn

Geordie’s Cairn lies at
NS975130
297504, 613070
-3.62004, 55.40082

Needless to say, the story of the Covenanter being burnt in a rolling barrel is extremely unlikely to have ever taken place.

For other Covenanter sites in Crawford parish, see here.

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 9, 2014.

2 Responses to “The Covenanter Burned in Tar Barrel at Geordie’s Cairn in Crawford parish, Lanarkshire”

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