Covenanter Grave near New Galloway #History #Scotland

Macquhan 2 1685

Adam MacQuhan, Kells parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Died 1685.

Shields in 1690:
‘Item, The said Col: or Liev: Gen: James Dowglas caused take Adam Macquhan out of his bed sick of a Fever, carry him to Newtoun of Galloway, and the next day shot him dead, the foresaid year, 1685.’ (A Short Memorial, 35.)

Stone erected 1702-1714. Inscription:
‘Here lyes Adam MacQwhan who being sick of a fever was taken out of his bed and carried to Neutoun of Galloway and the next day most cruelly and unjustly shot to death by the command of Lievtenant General James Douglas, brother to the Duke of Queensberry for his adherence to Scotlands Reformation Covenants National and Solemn League. 1685.’

No poem.

The inscription is almost a wholesale copy of Shields and even borrows from another entry in A Short Memorial.

Macquhan 3 1685

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 Kells, upon the corps of Adam MacQuhan, who being sick of a fever, was brought from his own house to Newtoun of Galloway, and next day shot dead by the command of general Douglas, brother to the duke of Queensberry, 1685.’

The gravestone is new embedded in a later monument in the SW corner of the graveyard. Approximate position given.

Map of Gravestone at Kells Parish Church, near New Galloway


~ by drmarkjardine on April 21, 2020.

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