The Covenanters and Scaur Gaol #History

Scaur Jail

‘Scar Gaol’ or ‘Scarr Jail’ was a building that local tradition claimed was used to imprison Covenanters. Today, the building has been demolished.

According to the OS Name Book of the mid nineteenth century:

‘Scar Gaol’ was ‘An old stone building with Arched Dome, it had been used as a prison during the years of persecution. It is now used as one of the offices belonging to the farm’. It also recorded that ‘Mr. Welsh the proprietor of this place also relates the tradition above stated and further adds that his father remembered a watch tower being adjoining this building and all enclosed by a strong wall. Mr. Milligan of Crocketford whose ancestors lived in this neighborhood for generations past relates the same tradition and relates several traditional anecdotes connected with this place.’

According to the Canmore website, ‘Scarr Gaol’ was demolished at some point between 1896 and 1973.

Map of Scaur Farm former site of the Gaol             Street View of Scaur Farm

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

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~ by drmarkjardine on October 27, 2015.

2 Responses to “The Covenanters and Scaur Gaol #History”

  1. Note that GAOL as in Prison is spelled with the A before the O. Other wise we get some word associated with football !

    David White.

     

    Gesendet: Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2015 um 21:08 Uhr Von: "Jardine's Book of Martyrs" <comment-reply@wordpress.com> An: david_a_white@gmx.net Betreff: [New post] The Covenanters and Scaur Goal #History

    drmarkjardine posted: " ‘Scar Goal’ or 'Scarr Jail' was a building that local tradition claimed was used to imprison Covenanters. Today, the building has been demolished. According to the OS Name Book of the mid nineteenth century: ‘Scar Goal’ was ‘An old stone building with"

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