Covenanter Grave Balmaclellan #History #Scotland

Grierson Covenanter Balmaclellan Bobby Guthrie

Robert Grierson, Balmaclellan, Balmaclellan parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Died 1685.

Shields in 1690:
‘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.)

Stone erected 1702-1714. Inscription:
‘Here lyeth Robert Grierson who was shot to death by the command of Colanell James Douglase at Ingles Toun in the paroch of Glencarn Anno 1685.’

‘This monument to passengers shall cry
That goodly Grierson under it doth ly
Betray’d by knavish Watson to his foes
Which made this martyrs days by murther close
If ye would knou the nature of his crime
Then read the story of that Killing Time
When Babels brats with hellish plots conceal’d
Designd to make our south their hunting field
Here’s one of five at once were laid to dust
To gratify Rome’s execrable lust
If carabines with molten bullets coud
Have reached their souls these mighty nimrods woud
Them have cut of; for there could no request
Three minutes get to pray for futer rest.’

Based on Shields.

Grierson Covenanter Balmaclellan Bobby Guthrie2

It is the recumbent stone on the left.

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:
‘Upon a stone in the church yard of Balmaclellan, on the body of Robert Grierson, who was shot by command of Colonel James Douglas at Inglistoun, in the parish of Glencairn, 1685.’

Map of Grave at Balmaclellan Churchyard


Photographs of the Covenanter grave at Balmaclellan are © Copyright Bobby Guthrie @AftonKillie and are reproduced by his very kind permission.

~ by drmarkjardine on May 6, 2020.

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