The Covenanter Who Hid at the Souter’s Stone in Cleugh of Eglon #History #Scotland

According to later tradition, a Covenanter hid at the Souter’s Stone, a very remote site in the Galloway Hills at the southern end of Loch Grannoch in Girthon parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.


The Souter’s Stone lies in the Cleugh of Eglon, that lies between the hills of Craigherron and Craiglowrie.

Map of Souter’s Stone

The OS Name Book recorded it in the mid nineteenth century:

Cleugh of Eglon
‘A Ravine formed by the bases of two hills Craiglowrie &. Craigherron, This place was resorted by a man called Eglon in the time of persecution [in the 1680s] hence the name. Through it runs a stream called Eglon Burn.’

Souters Stone Cleugh of Eglon

It in not clear which stone in the Cleugh of Eglon was, or still is, the Souter’s Stone, but the OS Name Book provides a very good description of it if anyone is looking for it:

The Souter’s Stone
‘Near the Southern end of the Cleugh of Eglon. This name applies to one of a group of large granite rocks in the Cleugh of Eglon, displaced as it were by a convulsion of the earth &. reclines against some other rocks of less dimensions forming a hollow betwixt &. in which a shoe maker named Eglon took shelter from his persecution in the 17th. Centuary.’

If you find it and photograph it, please let me know.

Nearby at the bottom of the cleugh is a memorial to a horse.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 11, 2018.

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