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Balmaghie, Two David Hallidays - Covenanter memorial

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:45 pm    Post subject: Balmaghie, Two David Hallidays - Covenanter memorial Reply with quote

This covenanter grave is in Balmaghie Churchyard (OS Map Ref NX 723 663). The two David Hallidays are buried in the same grave.

Not listed on UKNIWM.

The wording on the grave can be just about be read on the high res originals if anyone would like a copy, please PM me with your email address.

Robert Grierson of Lag was one of the most feared persecutors of the Covenanters. In 1678 he was appointed Deputy Steward of Kirkudbrightshire and the Earldom of Nithsdale. It was at this time that he drew up a bond disallowing his tenants from attending conventicles or associating with the Covenanters. He was unrelenting in his search for non-conformists, hunting down and murdering a large number of Covenanters in the district.

On 11th July 1685, Lag and the Earl of Annandale were in command of a troop of dragoons in the parish of Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire. At night as they were riding back to their base they came upon two Covenanters, David Halliday and George Short. Realising they had no chance of escape, they gave themselves up. Annandale decided they should be taken prisoner and face trial the next day. However Lag ordered that the pair should be shot as they lay tied up on the ground. At first the soldiers refused, but when Lag threatened them with the consequences if he was forced to do the deed himself, they pulled their guns and fired.
The corpses were left where they fell, but were later taken to Balmaghie Kirkyard, where they lie in separate graves. David Halliday is buried alongside his namesake who had already been martyred on 21st February 1685 at Kirkconnell Moor.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is a bit more readable.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very regrettably this does not classify as a war memorial for natiional purposes (but does for local purposes!!), as it is an actual grave site.

The difference from Balmaclellan is that there the memorial is also to men not buried there.
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