Nithsdale Martyrs’ Monument: A Guide to the Covenanters #History #Scotland

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Who are the 57 Covenanters listed on the Nithsdale Martyrs’ Cross in Dalgarnock graveyard? Where did they come from and what happened to them?

The monument erected in 1928 lies in Dalgarnock graveyard between Thornhill and Closeburn, not far off the A76 in Dumfriesshire.

Map of Dalgarnock graveyard

The grave of the militant Covenanter James Harkness in Locherben (d.1723) can also be found in the same burial ground.

The names on Nithsdale Martyrs’ Cross are:

1. George Allan, Martyr of Tradition at Allan’s Cairn, 1685.

2. James Bennoch. Summary execution at Ingleston, Glencairn parish, April, 1685.

3. William Brown, Martyr of Tradition. Sanquhar parish, 1685.

4. James Carsan, Dumfries. Died banished to New Jersey, 1685.

5. James Colvin, i.e., James Colville, Glencairn parish. Drowned Orkney, December, 1679.

6. George Corson, Martyr of Tradition. Sanquhar parish, 1685.

7. Thomas Dinwiddie, Died Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

8. Robert Edgar. Summary execution at Ingleston, Glencairn parish, April, 1685.

9. Andrew Ferguson, Glencairn parish. Died in prison in Glasgow, 1685.

10. Elizabeth H. Ferguson, aka., Elizabeth Hunter, Lady Caitloch, wife of William Ferguson of Caitloch, Glencairn parish. She died in exile in Holland, 1685.

11. John Ferguson, Glencairn parish. Drowned Orkney, December, 1679.

12. Robert Ferguson. Died Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

13. Robert Ferguson. Killed at Auchencloy in Girthon parish, December, 1684.

14. M[rs]. James Forsyth, Lochmaben parsh. Died in prison in Dunnottar Castle 1685.

15. John Gibson, younger of Ingleston, Glencairn parish. Summary execution at Ingleston, April, 1685.

16. James Glover, Tinwald parish. Died imprisoned in Edinburgh, 1685.

17. Edward Gordon. Captured at Lochenkit. Hanged at Hallhill, Irongray parish, March, 1685.

18. Margaret Gracie, Martyr of Tradition. Allan’s Cairn, 1685.

19. Robert Grierson. Summary execution at Ingleston, Glencairn parish, April, 1685.

20. William Grierson. Perhaps of Lochwharre. He was badly wounded in the Enterkin Rescue in 1684 and recaptured. It is possible that it may be an error for John Grierson in Holywood parish, who was executed at Dumfries, January, 1667.

21. John Hair, Martyr of Tradition. Sanquhar parish, 1685.

22. Thomas Harkness, Closeburn parish. Executed in Edinburgh, August, 1684.

23. William Heron, Killed at Lochenkit, 1685.

24. Andrew Hunter, Dumfries. Died in prison in Dumfries, 1685.

25. Elizabeth Hunter. Perhaps a duplicate of no.10. Possibly Elizabeth Glendonning, who is curiously missing from the list. She died in prison in 1685.

26. William Hunter. Captured at Auchencloy. Summary execution at Kirkcudbright, December, 1684.

27. John Johnstone. Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

28. John Kennedy [i.e., James Kennedy], Closeburn parish. Drowned Orkney, December, 1679.

29. James Kirko. Summary execution at Sands of Dumfries, May, 1685.

30. John MacCall, Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

31. Alexander MacCubine. Captured at Lochenkit. Hanged at Hallhill, Irongray parish, March, 1685.

32. Samuel MacEwen, Glencairn parish. Executed in Edinburgh, August, 1684.

33. Thomas MacGirr. Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

34. David MacKervail, Glencairn parish. Drowned Orkney, December, 1679.

35. John MacClamroes, Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

36. Andrew MacLellan, Dumfries. Died when banished on Pitlochie’s ship, 1685.

37. Daniel MacMichael, Dalry parish. Summary execution at Dalveen in Durisdeer parish, January, 1685

38. James MacMichael, Dalry parish. Killed at Auchencloy in Girthon parish, December, 1684.

39. Robert Milligan, Glencairn parish. Drowned at Orkney, December, 1679.

40. Thomas Milligan, Closeburn parish. Drowned at Orkney, December, 1679.

41. Robert Mitchell. Summary execution at Ingleston, Glencairn parish, April, 1685.

42. Robert Morris, Martyr of Tradition. Sanquhar parish, 1685.

43. John Muirhead, Dumfries. Died in prison in Leith, 1685.

44. James Muncie, Dumfries. Died in prison in Edinburgh, 1685.

45. John Mundell. Died in prison in Edinburgh, 1685.

46. Rev. James Renwick, Glencairn parish. Executed in Edinburgh, February, 1688.

47. John Renwick, Dumfries. Died when banished in Pitlochie’s ship, 1685.

48. James Robson. Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

49. Thomas Rosper, Glencairn parish. Drowned Orkney, December, 1679.

50. Robert Sitlington. Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

51. Thomas Sitlington, i.e., James Sittingtoun, Died when banished on Pitlochie’s ship, 1685.

52. James Smith, Died at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, June, 1679.

53. “Rev. Robert Smith”, who was not a minister. Taken at Auchencloy and executed at Kirkcudbright, December, 1684.

54. William Smith, Glencairn parish. Summary execution near Moniaive, March, 1685.

55. John Stot, Dumfries. Died imprisoned in Dunnottar, 1685.

56. William Welsh, Kirkpatrick-Irongray parish, Executed at Dumfries, January, 1667.

57. Andrew Wallat, Irongray parish. Drowned Orkney, December, 1679.

 

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~ by drmarkjardine on October 28, 2018.

3 Responses to “Nithsdale Martyrs’ Monument: A Guide to the Covenanters #History #Scotland”

  1. […] Both Covenanters also appear on the Nithsdale Martyrs Monument. […]

  2. Note that the monument lists the name of James Muirhead, but the narrative lists the name of John Muirhead.

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