Martyrs’ Moss near New Cumnock
According to the description in the mid nineteenth-century OS name book, Martyrs’ Moss was ‘a large Moss, where it is said the Covenanters used to take refuge’.
The moss lay in Cumnock parish in the 1680s and lies to the west of New Cumnock.
In the moss lies the Whig Hole, a hiding place said to be used by the Covenanters.
Martyrs’ Moss is probably named as David Dun and Simon Paterson, who were captured or killed in the area.
Other writers have connected Martyrs’ Moss with traditional stories about the killing of Marion Cameron and Margaret Dun.
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