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Yet thence ta'en down, interred here we lie
Beneath this stone ; our blood to heaven doth cry.
Had foreign foes, Turks or Mahometans,
Had Scythian Tartars, Arabian caravans,
Had cruel Spaniards, the Pope's bloody seed,
Commenc'd the same, had been less strange their deed.
But Protestants, once Covenanters too,
Our countrymen, this cruel deed could do :
Yet, notwithstanding this, their hellish rage,
The noble Wharrie leapt upon the stage.
With courage bold, he said, and heart not faint,
• This blood shall now seal up our covenant,'
Ending, they who would follow Christ, should take
• Their cross upon their back, the world forsake.""


“The dead yet speaketh. Behind this stone lyes James Nisbet, who suffered martyrdom at this place, June 5th, 1684. Also James Lawson and Alexander Wood, who suffered martyrdom, October 24th, 1684, for their adherence to the Word of God, and Scotland's Covenanted Work of the Reformation.

“ Here ly martyrs three,

Of memory,
Who for the Covenants did die :

And witness is
'Gainst all the nation's perjury
'Gainst the Covenanted cause
Of Christ, their royal king.
The British rulers made such laws,
Declar'd 'twas satan's reign.
As Britain lies in guilt, you see,
'Tis ask'd, oh reader, art thou free.

“ This stone was renewed by the proprietors of the Monkland Navigation, April 1818, and again in granite by the citizens in 1862. Drink and think, the Martyrs Monument.”

[This monument is about a quarter of a mile's walk to the north of the High Church of Glasgow, at the Monkland Canal in Castle Street. It is a large tablet of polished granite, built into the wall that encloses the canal. Beneath the tablet a drinking fountain has recently been added.—ED.)


“Here lie the corpses of James Algie and John Park, who suffered at the cross of Paisley for refusing the Oath of Abjuration, February 3, 1685.

“Stay, passenger, as thou goest by,

And take a look where these do lie;
Who for the love they bore to truth
Were depriv'd of their life and youth.
Tho' laws made then caused many die,
Judges and ’sizers were not free.
He that to them did these delate,
The greater count he hath to make :
Yet no excuse to them can be;
At ten condemn'd, at two to die.
So cruel did their rage become,
To stop their speech, caus'd beat the drum.
This may a standing witness be
'Twixt Presbytery and Prelacy.

“ The stone containing the epitaph transcribed on this monument was erected over the grave on the Gallowgreen, the place of common execution; and on the occasion of the ground being built upon, it was removed near to this spot, along with the remains of the martyrs, by order of the magistrates, 1779."

[James Algie and John Park were two young men that belonged to Kenniswood, a village four miles to the south-west of Glasgow. They were seized on the Lord's day, February 1685, while in their own house, as they were about to make family worship. They were tried in the usual summary way the following Tuesday, and were hanged the same day at two o'clock.

In the original edition of the “Cloud," the gravestone is said to have been in Eastwood, but this is evidently a mistake, for Paisley is the place where it has always been. The monument, which is a handsome obelisk, was erected in 1835.-ED.]


“This is the stone tomb of Robert Thom, Thomas Cook, and John Urie, Martyrs for owning the Covenanted Work of Reformation, the 11th of May 1685.

“ The bloody murderers of these men

Were Major Balfour and Captain Maitland,
And with them others were not free,
Caus'd them to search in Polmadie.
As soon as they had them out found,
They murder'd them with shots of guns.
Scarce time did they to them allow
Before their Maker their knees to bow.
Many like in this land have been,
Whose blood for vengeance cries to heav'n.
This cruel wickedness you see,
Was done in loan of Polmadie,
This may a standing witness be
"Twixt Presbytry and Prelacy."

[The monument is a single flat stone, six feet and a half in length, by three and a half in breadth, and when we visited it in 1865, was in good preservation. The lettering has been retouched some years ago. Its style is rare about Glasgow, but common on the martyrs' monuments in Galloway.-Ed.]


“Psa. cxii. 6, The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. Here lie Gabriel Thomson and Robert Lockhart, who

were killed for "owning the Covenanted Testimony, by a party of Highlandmen and dragoons, under the command of Ardencaple, ist May 1685

“These men did search through moor and moss,

To find out all that had no pass.
These faithful witnesses were found
And murdered upon the ground.
Their bodies in this grave do lie,
Their blood for vengeance yet doth cry.
This may a standing witness be
For Presbytry 'gainst Prelacy."

[The old monument is alongside of the new one, to which its inscription has been transferred.-ED.)

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“Here lies the corpse of that famous and faithful preacher of the Gospel, the Rev. Richard Cameron, with the corpses

of several others who were conquered by the bloody enemies of truth and godliness.

Halt, curious passenger, come and read;
Our souls triumph with Christ our glorious head,
In self-defence we murdered here do ly,
To witness 'gainst this nation's perjury.”

[The stone, when we visited it August 1871, was somewhat broken on one of the sides, and the word "preacher" has been nearly obliterated. Part of the inscription has become quite illegible. The stone in 1832 was set upon a platform some ten feet square, in the centre of which is an obelisk with the following inscription : “Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Richard Cameron, Michael Cameron, John Gemmel, John Hamilton, James Gray, Robert Dick, Captain John Fowler, Thomas Watson, Robert Paterson.” The obelisk is towards the east end of the moss, and is a prominent object from the railway between Lugar and Muirkirk stations, about half a mile to the northward.-ED.]



“Here lyes the corpses of William Paterson and John Barrie, who was shot to death for their adhering to the Word of God and our Covenants, anno 1685.

“Here lys two martyrs; severally who fell
By Captains Inglis and by bloody Bell.
Posterity shall know they're shot to death,
As sacrifices unto Popish wrath.”

On the pedestal of the stone—“Renewed by the Reformers of Avondale at the passing of the Reform Bill, anno domini 1832."

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