A Covenanter Hideout: Duncan’s Cave, near Kirkandrews, Galloway #History #Scotland

Duncan's Cave

According to a later tradition in the OS name book, Duncan’s Cave in Borgue parish in Galloway was where a Covenanter hid:

‘A natural cave in the face of a precipitous portion of the sea shore of the farm of Muncraig, the origin of the name was from a shoe maker named Duncan who usually took refuge here during the Scottish persecution [of the 1680s].’

Once again, I am extremely grateful to Nicholas Coombey for drawing 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 places.

Duncan’s Cave lies in Borgue parish. The cave is not accessible from the land due to it being located in a high cliff. It can apparently be approached by kayak above half tide. See an image of Duncan’s Cave on this blog. See also a view from inside the cave on this blog. As the sea cave is tidal, it is very unlikely that it was ever a Covenanter’s hideout.

There is also no evidence of any fugitive named Duncan in the vicinity. There is another traditional hideout called Duncan’s Pantry in Dalry parish.

Map of Duncan’s Cave

At nearby Kirkandrews churchyard is the grave of the mysterious martyr, Robert McWhae, aka. Mowat.

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

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 19, 2018.

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