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IN a Stone in the CHURCHYARD, OLD CUMNOCK.
“Here lies Mr Alexander Peden, faithful minister of the Gospel, sometime of Glenluce, who departed this mortal life the 26th of January 1686, and was raised after six weeks out of the grave and buried here out of contempt.
“ Memento Mori."
[The remains of Alexander Peden were first laid in the aisle of Lord Auchinleck, but were disinterred by a body of dragoons, in order to hang them on the gallows. At the entreaty, however, of the Countess of Dumfries, they were induced to depart from their purpose, and the corpse was laid alongside those of the martyrs at the Gallowsfoot of Old Cumnock.-Ed.]
N a STONE at the CALDONS, Loch Trool, KIRKCUDBRIGHT
“Here lyes James and Robert Duns, Thomas and John Stevensons, James M'Clude, Andrew M'Call, who were surprised at prayer in this house by Colonel Douglas, Lieutenant Livingstone, and Cornet James Douglas, and by them most impiously and cruelly murther'd for their adherence to Scotland's Reformation Covenants, National and Solemn League. 1685.
“In memory of six martyrs who suffered at this spot for their attachment to the Covenanted cause of Christ in Scotland. January 23, 1685.
“ Erected by the voluntary contributions of a congregation who waited on the ministrations of the Rev. Gavin Rowatt of Whitehorn, Lord's Day, 19th August 1827."
[This tomb stands in a lonely march near the little water of Trool shortly after it leaves the loch of that name. The site of the old farmhouse of Caldons (or Caldunes), where the martyrs were taken and put to death, is supposed to be marked by a shapeless heap of stones, which has once been a cairn. The present monument is close beside it, and consists of a strong plain wall about four feet high, forming a square enclosure (ten feet square or thereabouts), within which
stands the little grey tombstone with its plainly legible inscription, bearing marks of the pious care of “Old Mortality.” The modern enclosing wall has a slab of red sandstone let into its inner side (S.W.). On it stands the inscription of 1827.-ED.)
IN a STONE in the CHURCHYARD, CUPAR FIFE.
“Here lyes interred the heads of Laurance Hay and Andrew Pitulloch, who suffered martyrdom at Edinburgh, July 13th, 1681, for adhering to the word of God and Scotland's Covenanted work of Reformation. And also one of the hands of David Hackston of Rathillet, who was most cruelly murdered at Edinburgh, July 30th, 1680, for the same cause.
“ Our persecutors fill’d with rage,
Their brutish fury to aswage,
These monsters glory'd in their shame.”
[The stone has recently been raised upon a new base, and is in a good state of preservation.-ED.)
IN a MONUMENT in the CHURCHYARD, FENWICK.
“Sacred to the memory of Captain John Paton, late in Meadowhead, of this parish, who suffered martyrdom in the Grass market, Edinburgh, May 9th 1684.
“He was an honour to his country; on the Continent, at Pentland, Drumclog, and Bothwell, his heroic conduct truly evinced the gallant officer, brave soldier, and true patriot. In social and domestic life, he was an ornament, a pious Christian, and a faithful witness for truth,
in opposition to the encroachments of tyrannical and despotic power in Church and State.
“Who Antichrist do thus oppose,
And for truth's cause their lives lay down,
“The mortal remains of Captain Paton sleep amid the dust of kindred martyrs in the Greyfriars' Churchyard, Edinburgh.
“Near this is the burying place of his family and descendants."
N a MONUMENT at MONIAIVE.
“In memory of the late Rev. James Renwick, the last who suffered to death for attachment to the Covenanted Cause of Christ in Scotland-born near this spot, 15th February 1662, and executed at the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 17th February 1688.
““The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.' Erected by subscription, A.D. 1828."
N a Stone in the CHURCHYARD, NORTH BERWICK.
“Here lies the body of Mr John Blackader, minister of the Gospel at Troqueer in Galloway, who died on the Bass, after five years imprisonment, anno dom 1685, and of his age sixty-three years.
“Blest John, for Jesus' sake in Patmos bound,
His prison Bethel, Patmos, Pisgah found ;
Grace formed him in the Christian Hero's mould,
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