Davie’s Kirk and the Covenanters

Davie's Kirk

According to the mid nineteenth-century OS name book, Davie’s Kirk in Kirkmichael parish, Nithsdale, was were a Covenanter preached:

‘A deep hollow on the brow of Tawnaze Hill, so named from a person who preached there during the last persecution.’

The deep hollow at Davie’s Kirk looks like an ideal field preaching site as it is concealed from view. It lies near an ancient hill fort.

Map of Davie’s Kirk               Aerial View of Davie’s Kirk

Who was Davie?
He may have been either David Williamson, or David Houston. Williamson, aka. Dainty Davie, was a presbyterian field preacher who, due to his complex love life, was subjected to considerable ridicule. As a result, he became a popular folk figure.

The second possibility is David Houston, a presbyterian minister who preached among the Society people after 1686.

Another traditional site in the parish is Gibb’s Corse.

Thomas Wood, who was from Kirkmichael parish, was executed in Edinburgh in 1684.

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~ by drmarkjardine on November 11, 2014.

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