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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.]
Na GRAVESTONE in the CHURCHYARD, CATHCART.
"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,
Whose blood for vengeance cries to heav'n.
[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.]
N a STONE in the CHURCHYARD, EAGLESHAM.
"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,
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.]
"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,
[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, 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.]
IN a GRAVESTONE in the CHURCHYARD, STRATHAVEN.
"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
On the pedestal of the stone-" Renewed by the Reformers of Avondale at the passing of the Reform Bill, anno domini 1832."
Na GRAVESTONE at BLACKWOOD, in the parish of Lesmahagow.
"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,
Of that glorious crown
With a wicked time."
IN a GRAVESTONE at PRIESTHILL.
"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.
"In death's cold bed the dusty part here lyes
"Butchered by Claverse and his bloody band,
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.]
IN a GRAVESTONE in the CHURCHYARD, LesmahaGOW.
"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
Had of his graces in this quarter
Of Scotland's famous Reformation;
By cruel Chrichton murdered lies,
Whose blood to heaven for vengeance cries."
Na GRAVESTONE in CRAICKHAUGH, ESKDALEMUIR.
"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,