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Auchencloy, R Ferguson - Covenanter memorial

 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject: Auchencloy, R Ferguson - Covenanter memorial Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

Located in the Galloway Forest at OS Map Ref: NX 603 709.

Caution – for access to this memorial, please see my comments on the Auchencloy memorial.

This is the gravestone of Robert Ferguson just a few yards down the slope from the Auchencloy memorial. He was the only one of those killed to have been buried at the site. The stone is less than two feet high so is easily hidden by grass depending on the time of year of your visit. For further information on the circumstances of his death, see here: http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2486

Transcription:
HERE LYES
ROBERT FERGUIS
SON WHO WAS
SURPRIZED AND
INSTANTLY SHOT
TO DEATH ON THIS
PLACE BY GRAHAM
OF CLAVERHOUSE
FOR HIS ADHEARANCE
TO SCOTLANDS

ME MENTO MORI
REFORMATION
COVENANTS
NATIONALL
AND SOLEMN
LEAGUE 1684

And now a little story to add some interest……………..
Old Mortality (Robert Paterson) was the famous stonemason who carved this and many other covenanter memorials. His life was preserved by Sir Walter Scott in his book ‘Old Mortality’ and the Scott Monument in Edinburgh has a statue of Old Mortality on the North East buttress. With me so far? Well the statue (of Old Mortality) also depicts a gravestone with the inscription “LYES BODY OF FERGUSON (Robert Ferguson, shot at the water of Dee 18 Dec 1684) SHOT ON THIS SPOT [BY] GRAEME [OF CLA]VERHOUSE”. Just don’t ask me how I find this stuff!

So Robert Ferguson can be said to have 3 memorials; this one, Auchencloy monument, and the gravestone on the statue to Old Mortality on the Scott Monument.





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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoons,
How do you find such information?

Old Mortality (Robert Paterson) has a new housing scheme named after him in Hawick - Paterson Gardens.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
Spoons,
How do you find such information?

My previous career was as a business analyst, years of experience of knowing how to ask the right questions and tracking down all the sidelines (even if unpromising). Google is the tool of course, but sometimes AltaVista if I'm stuck.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As this marks a place of burial it is not a valid memorial for UKNIWM/WMR purposes
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