Secrets of the Pentland Hills: Roger’s Kirk by the Medwin Water #History #Scotland

Did the Covenanters hear field preachings at Roger’s Kirk in the Pentland Hills? Tradition says that they did …

rogers-kirk-pipeline-medwin-water

By Roger’s Kirk (over rise to left)

According to the New Statistical Account and the OS Name Book:

‘Among the many places to which the Champions of the Reformation fled for safety Dunsyre was one of the Chief, On the confines of this Parish. where it borders with Lothian & Tweeddale is a deep ravine in the Centre of which there is a large Collection of stones. this deep rugged spot bears the name of Rogers’ Kirke which in all probability it received from one of the Covenanting Ministers. [New] Stat[istical]. Acc[oun]t. The descriptive extract quoted above is Correct. but there never were any ruins here as marked on Johnston’s & Forrest’s Maps.’

Of course, ‘a large collection of stones’ does not mean a ruined building.

Map of Roger’s Kirk

MartyrlandThe Covenanter’s Grave

The Covenanter’s Grave above Roger’s Kirk was erected in c.1830, rather than post 1666 or post-Revolution.

Map of Covenanter’s Grave

Nearby Wolf [Hole] Craigs was certainly where Covenanters field preached and the Sweet Singers were captured.

Map of Wolf Craigs

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Picture of Pipeline by Roger’s Kirk © Jim Barton and licensed for reuse.

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~ by drmarkjardine on December 19, 2016.

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