N a GRAVESTONE at BLACKWOOD, in the parish of Lesma


“ Here lyes the corpse of John Brown, who was shot to death, without shadow of law, anno dom. 1685.

“Murray might murder

Such a godly Brown,
But could not rob him

Of that glorious crown
He now enjoys. His credit,

Not his crime
Was non-compliance

With a wicked time."



“Here lies the body of John Brown, martyr, who was murdered in this place by Graham of Claverhouse for his testimony to the Covenanted work of Reformation, because he durst not own the authority of the then tyrant destroying the same, who died the first day of May A.D. 1685, and of his age 58.

“I n death's cold bed the dusty part here lyes

O f one who did the earth as dust despise.
Here in this place from earth he took departure :
Now he has got the garland of the martyr.

“Butchered by Claverse and his bloody band,

R aging most ravenously over all the land,
Only for owning Christ's supremacy.
Wickedly wronged by encroaching Tyranny,
Nothing how near soever he to good

Esteemed, nor dear for any truth his blood.”

[Priesthill is easiest approached from Muirkirk. The monument is four miles from Muirkirk out on the moor. The stone is a flat

one five feet in length by two feet six inches in breadth. It has been enclosed by a dyke. Close by it stands an obelisk, with an inscription recording its own erection and the enclosing of the grave in 1826.--ED]



“ Here lies the body of David Steel, martyr, who was murdered by Chrichton for his testimony to the Covenants and work of Reformation, and because he durst not own the authority of the tyrant destroying the same. He was shot at Skellyhill on the 20th of December 1686, in the 33d year of his age.

“ Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

“David a shepherd first, and then

Advanced to be king of men,
Had of his graces in this quarter
This heir, a wand'rer, now a martyr,
Who for his constancy and zeal,
Still to the back did prove true Steel.
Who for Christ's royal truth and laws,
And for the covenanted cause
Of Scotland's famous Reformation;
Declining tyrant's usurpation,
By cruel Chrichton murdered lies,
Whose blood to heaven for vengeance cries.”


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Here lies And. Hyslop, martyr, shot dead upon this place by Sir James Johnstone of Westerhall, and John Graham of Claverhouse, for adhering to the Word of God, Christ's kingly government in His house, and the Covenanted work of Reformation, against tyranny, perjury, and prelacy, May 12, 1685. Rev. xii. 11."

Halt, passenger, one word with thee or two,
Why I ly here wouldest thou truly know?

By wicked hands, hands cruel and unjust,
Without all law, my life from me they thrust,
And being dead they left me on this spot,
And for burial this same place I got,
Truth's friends in Eskdale now triumph their lot,
To wit, the faithful, for my seal that got.

“ 1702. Repaired by subscription, 1825."


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“Here lyes William Grierson, Pentland martyr, for his adhering to the Word of God, and appearing for Christ's kingly government in His house and Covenanted work of Reformation, against perjury and prelacy, executed Jan. 2, 1667. Rev. xii. 11.

“Under this stone lo here doth ly

Dust sacrificed to tyranny;
Yet precious in Immanuel's sight
Since martyr'd for His kingly right.
When He condemns these hellish drudges,
By suff'rage saints shall judge the judges."


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“Here lyes William Welsh, Pentland martyr, for his adhereing to the Word of God, and appearing for Christ's kingly government in His house, and the Covenanted work of Reformation against perjury and prelacie, execute Jan 2, 1667. Rev. xii. 11,

Stay, passenger, read,
Here interr'd doth ly
A witnes gainst poor
Scotland's perjury,
Whose head once fix'd up

On the bridge port stood.
Proclaiming vengance
For his guiltles blood.”

[The stone is of the same character as that to John Grierson. It is five feet six inches in length, by one foot ten inches in breadth. -ED.]


“Here lyes James Kirko, martyr, shot dead upon the sands of Drumfreis, for his adhereing to the word of God, Christ's kingly goverment, in his house, and the Covenanted work of Reformation against tirranie, perjurie, and prelacie, 1685. Rev. xii. 11.

“ By bloody Bruce and wretched Wright,

I lost my life in great despight;
Shot dead without due time to try
And fitt me for eternity;
A witnes of prelatick rage
As ever was in any age.”

[The stone is similar to the other two in the churchyard.—ED.)

IN a GRAVESTONE in a Clump of Trees near the Church of


“Here lyes Edward Gordon and Alexander M‘Cubine, martyres, hanged without law by Lagg and Cap. Bruce, for adhering to the word of God, Christ's kingly goverment, in his house, and the Covenanted work of Reformation against tyranny, perjury, and prelacy. Rev. xii. 11. March 3, 1685.

“As Lagg and bloodie Bruce command,

We were hung up by hellish hand;

And thus their furious rage to stay,
We dyed near Kirk of Irongray ;
Here now in peace sweet rest we take,
Once murder'd for religion's sake.'

[The gravestone lies flat and is enclosed by a railing. Alongside of it is a monument erected in 1857, “ designed," it is said in the inscription, “to express the respect cherished by the present generation for the memory and principles of the martyrs whose ashes repose on this spot."-ED.

N a Stone in a Moor near LOCHENKIT or LARGHILL.


“Here lyes John Gordon, William Stuart, William Heron, and John Wallace, martyrs, shot by Captain Bruce.

“ Behold here in this wilderness we ly,

Four witnesses of hellish cruelty.
Our lives and blood could not their ire asswage,
But when we're dead, they did against us rage;
That match the like, we think, we scarcely can,
Except the Turks, or Duke de Alva's men.”

[The graves of these four martyrs are situated on a moor about a mile and a half to the north of Brooklands House, parish of Urr, Kirkcudbrightshire. They are surrounded by a clump of trees enclosed within a wall. The inscription on the tombstone is quite illegible. Near by on a rising knoll is a monument built of granite, on the top of which is a hand with the finger pointing heavenwards. A tablet on one of its sides bears the following inscription : “Yonder lie William Heron from Glencairn, John Gordon, William Stewart, John Wallace, Galloway men who were found out and shot dead here, 2d March 1685, by Captain Bruce, for their adherence to Scotland's Covenant and Reformation. To commemorate the principles for which these martyrs suffered, this monument is erected by subscriptions, after services preached here by Messrs M'Lachlan and M'Gill, 1843."-ED.]

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