The College Glen in the Galloway Hills #History #Scotland

Was College Glen where Covenanters met in Dalry parish, Galloway?


A Sheepfold by College Glen © Bob Peace and licensed for reuse.

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].’

Map of College Glen

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.

Other notorious fugitives, who attended Renwick’s preachings, were reset at Carroch, including William Herries. Robert Ferguson in Knocksting, beside Trostan, was also at Renwick’s preaching.

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

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~ by drmarkjardine on December 21, 2016.

One Response to “The College Glen in the Galloway Hills #History #Scotland”

  1. […] College Glen, near Moniaive or St Johns Town of Dalry. The College Glen lies a little off the B729 and roughly half way between Moniaive and St Johns Town of Dalry. According to the OS name book, […]

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