Covenanter Grave Kirkandrews #History #Scotland

Covenanters Grave Kirkandrews

Robert McQhae, Kirkandrews, Borgue parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Died 1685.

Shields:
‘Captain Dowglas finding one —— Mowat, a Taylor, meerly because he had some pieces of lead belonging to his Trade, too him, and without any further trial shot him dead, between Fleet and Dee in Galloway.’ (Shields, A Short Memorial, 36.)

As Shields corrected the surname in his errata, it should read:
‘Captain Dowglas finding one —— Mcwae, a Taylor, meerly because he had some pieces of lead belonging to his Trade, too him, and without any further trial shot him dead, between Fleet and Dee in Galloway.’

Stone erected 1702-1714. Inscription:
‘Here lyes Robert M’Whae who was barbarously shot to death by Captane Douglas in this paroch for his adherence to Scotlands Reformation Covenants National and Solemn League 1685.’

No poem

Possibly used the errata in Shields for the surname, but mainly drew on independent information for both the Christian name and the location of the death.

The grave was recorded the first edition of Cloud of Witnesses (1714), but those pages are missing in the copy held by the National Library of Scotland. The following lines come from the second edition of 1720, which copied the first edition::
‘In the church-yard of Borgue, upon the body of Robert Macquhae, shot to death in that parish by the said captain Douglas, Anno 1685.’

Map of Grave in old kirkyard of Kirkandrews

~ by drmarkjardine on March 28, 2020.

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