Covenanter Graves Glencairn Church, near Moniaive #History #Scotland

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James Bennoch, Robert Edgar, Robert Mitchell and John Gibson, Kirkland, Glencairn parish, Dumfriesshire. Died 1685.

Shields:
‘Col. James Douglas, now Liev. General, Brother to the Duke of Queensberry, together with Liev: John Livingston, and a Party with them, surprised 5: men in a Cave at Inglestoun, in the parish of Glencarn, being betrayed by Andrew Watson now prisoner in Drumfries; their names were John Gibson, Robert Grierson, Robert Mitchel, James Bennoch, and John Edgar, all which were at the command of the said Col: Dowglas brought forth & immediately shot dead, without giving them so much time as to recommend their Souls unto GOD. One John Ferguson sometimes a profest Friend, thrust one of them through; supposing he was not dead: This was done in the Year 1685.’ (A Short Memorial, 35.)

Four of men are buried at Glencairn church under three gravestones stones.

James Bennoch

Stone erected 1702-1714. Inscription:
‘Here lyes James Bennoch shot to death by Col Duglas and Livingstons dragoons at Engleston for adhering to the word of God Christs Kingly goverment in his house and the Covenanted work of Reformation against Tyrany Perjury and Prelacy Apr 28 1685 Rev 12 11.’

‘Here lyes a monument of popish wrath
Because I’m not perjurd I’m shot to death
By chruel hands men godless and unjust
Did sacrifice my blood to Babelss lust.’

Based on Shields, but adds a precise date of 28 April and correctly identifies that Livingston was a commander of dragoons.

Grave record in Cloud of Witnesses (1st edition, 1714, 288.):
‘Upon three several Grave-stones lying on John Gibson, James Bennoch, Robert Edgar and Robert Mitchel, wh[o] were shot at Inglistoun in the Parish of Glencairn by Collonel Douglas and Lieutenant Lvingston, Anno 1685, are these Verses.’

Robert Edgar and Robert Mitchell

Stone erected 1702-1714. Inscription:
‘Here lyes Robert Edgar and Robert Mitchell martyrs shot to death by Col Duglas and Lvingstons dragoons at Engliston for adhering to the word of God Christs Kingly goverment in his house and the Covenanted work of Reformation against Tyrany Perjury and Prelacy Apryl 28 1685 Rev – 12-11.’

‘Halt passenger tell if thou ever saw
Men shot to death without process of law
We two of four who in this churchyard ly
Thus felt the rage of popish tyranny.’

Based on Shields, but adds a precise date of 28 April and correctly identifies that Livingston was a commander of dragoons.

John Gibson

Stone erected 1702-1714. Inscription:
‘Here lyes John Gibson martyr shot to death by Col. Douglas and Livingston’s Dragoons at Engleston in Glencairn for adhering to the word of God Christ’s kingly goverment in his house and the Covenanted Work of Reformation against Tyrany, Perjury and Prelacy. April 28 1685 Rev 12 11.’

‘My souls in heaven here’s my dust
By wicked sentance and unjust
Shot dead convicted of no crime
But non complyance with the time
When Babels bastard had command
And monstrous tyrants rul’d the land.’

Based on Shields, but adds a precise date of 28 April and correctly identifies that Livingston was a commander of dragoons.

Map of Approximate location of Graves at Kirkland, Glencairn parish

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