The Covenanter of Garrerie’s Cave near Port William & Whithorn #History #Scotland

 

Garrerie's Cave

Garrerie’s Cave appears in the OS name book for Mochrum parish, Wigtownshire:

‘A cave on the shore of Knock tradition says that the Laird of Garrarie used to take refuge here during a period of religious persecution in Scotland hence the name.’

Map of Garrerie’s Cave

I am very grateful to Nicholas Coombey for drawing my attention to the existence of this cave in the OS name books. Without his help, I would never have spotted it. Check out the Solway Coastwise Facebook page for more wonderful information.

Gordon of Garrarie was a forfeited fugitive in 1680 and 1681 for his part in the Presbyterian Rising of 1679. He was one of the Wigtownshire lairds who reached the Covenanters’ camp near Bothwell Brig a couple of days before the battle. He lived close to the site of the cave named after him.

Map of Garrarie

Aerial View of Garrarie

Garrary

Again, thank you Nic for the information! I wonder if it is still there?

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 13, 2018.

4 Responses to “The Covenanter of Garrerie’s Cave near Port William & Whithorn #History #Scotland”

  1. The cave is still there. You might find this photo interesting:
    William Hardie, Garrarie, March 8 1846

    • Hi David, that is truly fascinating. What a wonderful photograph and information. The Covenanter was named Gordon, rather than Hardie. Clearly William Hardie, Garrarie, inscribed his name in 1846. Which does make you think how the cave’s name was recorded a decade later. Then it is curious the cave was called Garrerie’s Cave, using the old spelling of Gordon of Garrerie. Great stuff! Mark

  2. […] Coombey for pointing out the existence of a record of this cave in the OS name books. Nic has previously identified Garrerie’s Cove as a Covenanter cave. You can visit Solway Coastwise for more fascinating caves, […]

  3. […] my attention to the existence of this cave in the OS name books. Nic has previously identified both Garrerie’s Cave and Begg’s Hole as caves that tradition claims were used by Covenanters as hiding […]

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