The College Glen in the Galloway Hills #History #Scotland
Was College Glen where Covenanters met in Dalry parish, Galloway?
According to the OS Name Book:
‘A Glen or hollow on the farm of Fingland. It is traditionally handed down that the persecuted Presbyterians need to hold some of their meetings here in the time their persecution [in the 1680s].’
The Name Book also records College Hill:
‘A middling Size rocky heathy hill on the farms of Troston and Fingland Mr Roan Says that it is traditionally handed down of it having been a resort of the Covenanters in the days of their persecution (hence the name) others Says that a College was on it.’
There are hints in the historical sources that the traditions about College Glen and Hill may relate in some way to local fugitives and/or local Society people.
A number of fugitives named on the published roll of 1684 lived in the area. Four fugitives lived at Auchenshinnoch beside Fingland/College Glen: ‘Robert Crichton, in Auchinshinoch’, ‘‘ ——-’ Crichton, son to Robert Crichton in Auchinshinoch’, John Corsan and Edward Ferguson.
Another fugitive, ‘John Macmillan, sometime servitor to James Ferguson’ lived at Troston.
For more on the Covenanters in Dalry parish, see here.
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